This group reads fiction and non-fiction exploring the complex relationships of women's familial relationships.
This group meets the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.
Leader: Kelly Parfitt and Anne. For questions, contact Donna Lee Spray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Meeting: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2 PM
Upcoming Meeting (including selection meeting): Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 2 PM (Note date change.)
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, April 7, 2019
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, March 3, 2019
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, February 3, 2019
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, January 6, 2019
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, December 2, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, November 4, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, October 7, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, September 9, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, July 8, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, June 3, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, May 6, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, April 8, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, January 7, 2018
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, December 3, 2017
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, November 5, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 2 Pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, March 4, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, February 4, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 2 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2 PM
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2 PM
Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2 p.m.
A century ago, Chinese feminists fighting for the emancipation of women helped spark the Republican Revolution, which overthrew the Qing empire. After China's Communist revolution of 1949, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that "women hold up half the sky." In the early years of the People's Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations with expansive initiatives such as assigning urban women jobs in the planned economy. Yet those gains are now being eroded in China's post-socialist era. Contrary to many claims made in the mainstream media, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of many rights and gains relative to men. Leftover Women debunks the popular myth that women have fared well as a result of post-socialist China's economic reforms and breakneck growth. Laying out the structural discrimination against women in China will speak to broader problems with China's economy, politics, and development.
Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.
A Best Book of the Year: "San Francisco Chronicle," NPR, "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
Here is a selection of Munro s most accomplished and powerfully affecting short fiction from the last two decades, a companion volume to"A Wilderness Station: Selected Stories, 1968 1994." These stories encompass the fullness of humanexperience, from thewild exhilaration of first love (in Passion ) to the punishing consequences of leaving home ( Runaway ) or ending a marriage ( The Children Stay ). And in stories that Munro has described as closer to the truth than usual Dear Life, Working for a Living, and Home we glimpse the author s own life.
Subtly honed with her hallmark precision, grace, and compassion, these stories illuminate the quotidian yet astonishing particularities in the lives of men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, suffer defeat, set off into the unknown, or find a way to be in the world."
Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.
The journalist Mona Eltahawy is no stranger to controversy. Through her articles and actions she has fought for the autonomy, security, and dignity of Muslim women, drawing vocal supporters and detractors. Now, in her first book, "Headscarves and Hymens," Eltahawy has prepared a definitive condemnation of the repressive forces-political, cultural, and religious-that reduce millions of women to second-class citizens.
Drawing on her years as a campaigner for and commentator on women's issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began in 2010, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought alongside men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that represses women in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and other nations.
Eltahawy has traveled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting with women and listening to their stories. Her book is a plea for outrage and action, confronting a "toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend." A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, "Headscarves and Hymens" is as illuminating as it is incendiary.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2 p.m.
"After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several of those caregivers faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.
"Five Days at Memorial," the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.
In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are for the impact of large-scale disasters and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, "Five Days at Memorial" radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Her life of privilege in Cambodia shattered by the outbreak of civil war on the streets of Phnom Penh, young Raami endures four years of loss, starvation, and brutal forced labor while clinging to memories of the legends and poems told to her by her father.
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Now in paperback, the celebrated author of "The House on Mango Street" delivers an extraordinary bestseller, told in language of blazing originality: a multigenerational story of a Mexican-American family whose voices create a dazzling weave of humor, passion, and poignancy--the very stuff of life.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Why more Americans are going deaf than ever before--and what society can do about it in a deftly written, deeply felt look at a widespread and misunderstood phenomenon. In the vein of Jerome Groopman and Atul Gawande, and using her experience as a guide, Bouton examines the problem personally, psychologically, and physiologically.
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history.
In Jill Lepore s riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman s story provides the missing link in the history of the struggle for women s rights a chain of events that begins with the women s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.
Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
In her first novel, Karen Bender has created three characters whose family revolves around an off-kilter center. As the three search for normalcy, love and acceptance, the time frames of their world keeps slipping from past to present.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2 p.m.
More women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan than in any other conflict in our nation's history, and today they compose about 15 percent of the armed services. Soldier Girls follows the experiences of three women in the Indiana National Guard -- one a young college student, one a single mother, and one a grandmother -- who chose to enlist for different reasons, never expecting they would go to war. Though quite far apart in age and in their political views, the three women become close friends, and through their daily interaction we see how military service changes their relationships with their families, their lovers, and their children.
Sunday November 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Landmark, groundbreaking, classic these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of the problem that has no name: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins."
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2 p.m.
NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES #1"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187 424 one of the millions of people who disappear down the rabbit hole of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman's story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they re there.
Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m.
Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir's masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of "woman," and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir's pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.
Sunday, July 12th 2015 at 2pm **Please Note: Date Change due to the Holiday**
Tackling everything from the challenges of marriage to the nature of gender, this bold work by Wolitzer seizes the reader and never lets go.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2 pm
This book asks whether working mothers in America -- or anywhere -- can ever find true leisure time. Or are our brains, our partners, our culture, our bosses, making it impossible for us to experience anything but "contained time," in which we are in frantic life management mode until we are sound asleep?
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 pm
A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of "Half of a Yellow Sun." Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion--for each other and for their homeland.
Sunday, February 8, 2014 at 2 pm
In 2007, the International Rescue Committee wanted to understand what really happened to women in post-conflict zones. On behalf of the IRC, Ann Jones spent two years travelling through Africa, East Asia, and Middle East, lending cameras to women who had no other means of telling the world what war had done to their lives.
Sunday, January 4, 2014 at 2 pm
Hailed by the "Chicago Tribune" as a tremendous talent, Nguyen infuses her first novel with humor, compassion, and insight, as she explores the story of estranged sisters and the cultural and family history that binds them.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2 pm
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Also, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Join Women Employed and New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay for a conversation about feminism, inequality, workplace discrimination, the struggles that 21st century women still face, and why "having it all" doesn't make sense for millions of women just scraping to get by.
Doors Open at 5:15 p.m.
Program: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
77 West Washington Street, Chicago
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 pm
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Boo comes a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century's great, unequal cities.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 pm
Funny, heartbreaking and alive with a potpourri of eccentric and irresistible characters, this fresh debut novel is about two women in self-imposed exile whose lives intersect, transforming both their worlds.
Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2 pm
From the bestselling author of "How to Make an American Quilt" comes a powerful tale inspired by the lives of famous 20th-century female photographers tracing the progression of feminism and photography in various world regions.
Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 2 pm
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of "Life" magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; JFK made it clear that platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was his favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived with a secret that needed to stay hidden from NASA. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, providing one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails. As their celebrity rose--and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives--they continued to rally together, and forming bonds that would withstand the test of time, and they have stayed friends for over half a century. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2 pm
In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.This moving biography details Melching's beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and one of humanity's strongest voices for the rights of girls and women.Inspirational and beautifully written, However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph is a passionate entreaty for all global citizens. This book is published in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, dedicated to accelerating innovations from organizations like Tostan that address the world's most pressing problems.
Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 2 pm - Meeting is being held at the bookstore.
Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier year. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine reviles part of her own experience. And in the blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna tries to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2 pm
When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true; an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends.
Through a richly conceived and colorful cast of characters, Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people's lives and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet. Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature, How It All Began is an engaging, contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion of loyal fans as well as new readers. A writer of rare wisdom, elegance, and humor, Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are on full display in this masterful work.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2 pm
Lilly Ledbetter always knew that she was destined for something more than what she was born into--a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. In 1979, when Lilly applied for her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory, she got the job--one of the first women hired at the management level. Nineteen years after her first day at Goodyear, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. When she filed a sex-discrimination case against Goodyear, Lilly won--and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again. But Lilly continued to fight, and became the namesake of Barack Obama's first official piece of legislation as president. A winning memoir and a powerful call to arms, Grace and Grit is the story of a true American icon.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2 pm
This never-before-translated masterpiece is based on a true story. It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front.
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2 pm
In the 1960s, Lynn Povich landed a job at Newsweek, renowned for its cutting-edge coverage of civil rights and the “Swinging Sixties,” and the place where women like Nora Ephron and Ellen Goodman had gotten started. Although it seemed like a dream job, it was a dead end. Women researchers sometimes became reporters, but rarely writers, and never editors. Any aspiring female journalist was told, “If you want to be a writer, go somewhere else." In March of 1970, when Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement, Lynn Povich and the other "Newsweek 46" charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion. It was the first female class action lawsuit––the first by women journalists––and it inspired other women in the media to follow suit.
PLEASE NOTE: Women Employed and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois are hosting an event with Lynn Povich on the evening of February 13th. The event will feature a Q&A, book signing, and networking reception. For tickets and details, check out:
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2 pm
In this unprecedented book, a gifted animal scientist who is also autistic, delivers a report on autism, written from her unique perspective. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who bridges the gulf between her condition and our own, shedding light on the riddle of our common identity.