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    • Wed, January 09, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, January 9th
    9:30-11:00am

    The Woman in the Castle:  A Novel
    by Jessica Shattuck

    The story of three German woman and their children coming together to survive after the fall of the Third Reich.  The women, widows of men executed after the failed assassination of Hitler in 1944, were imprisoned and their children sent to special orphanages dedicated to the reeducation of traitors’ children. Once released from prison, they continue to face difficulties, haunted by ghosts and secrets of their past. 

    Advance Registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.

    • Wed, February 13, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, February 13th
    9:30-11:00am

    Little Fires Everywhere
    by Celeste Ng

    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is always play by the rules. Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother who rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants:  all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. The novel explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

    Advance Registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.

    • Wed, March 13, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, March 13
    9:30-11:00am

    The Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China
    by Jung Chang

    The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, eyewitnesses to history.  An unusual window on the female experience in modern China, and a tale of courage and love, the author describes the lives and experiences of her family: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young, idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution.  Chang was a red Guard briefly, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor” a steelworker, and an electrician.  She details the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others, caught in the whirlwind of history.

     Advance Registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.

    • Mon, March 25, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 22
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    Monday, March 25
    6:00-9:00pm

    Book Club

    Four longtime friends and book club members have their lives upended when they aim to spice up their mundane routines by reading the provocative bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. With newfound confidence, they each begin to come alive as exciting romances are ignited and old flames are rekindled. Through it all, the ladies  inspire one another to make this next stage of their lives the best and steamiest thus far. 

    Advanced Registration by the day before is REQUIRED for food counts.  NO WALK-INS.  We start with supper, followed by the film and then a discussion of the film, characters, and artistry.


    • Wed, April 10, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, April 10
    9:30-11:00am

    A Piece of the World:  A Novel
    by Christina Baker Klein

    To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life.  Instead, for more than twenty years she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.  This is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

    Registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.

Past events

Wed, November 14, 2018 Bookwoman: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Land (BW18-3)
Tue, October 23, 2018 Book Discussion: Sister Citizen (WK18-14)
Wed, October 10, 2018 Bookwoman: Our Souls at Night (BW18-2)
Wed, September 12, 2018 Bookwoman: The Last Days of Café Leila (BW18-1)
Wed, August 08, 2018 Bookwoman: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (BW17-44)
Wed, July 11, 2018 Bookwoman: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (BW17-43)
Wed, June 13, 2018 Bookwoman: America’s First Daughter (BW17-42)
Wed, May 09, 2018 Bookwoman: Between the World and Me (BW17-41)
Wed, April 11, 2018 Bookwoman: Hillbilly Elegy (BW17-24)
Wed, March 14, 2018 Bookwoman: The Girls of Atomic City (BW17-23)
Wed, February 14, 2018 Bookwoman: We Bought a Zoo (BW17-22)
Wed, January 10, 2018 Bookwoman: Born a Crime (BW17-21)
Wed, November 08, 2017 Bookwoman: The Sympathizer (BW17-3)
Tue, October 24, 2017 Book Discussion: Small Great Things (WK17-13)
Wed, October 11, 2017 Bookwoman: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (BW17-2)
Wed, September 13, 2017 Bookwoman: Circling the Sun (BW17-1)
Wed, August 09, 2017 Bookwoman: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (BW16-11)
Wed, July 12, 2017 Bookwoman: The Nightingale (BW16-10)
Wed, June 14, 2017 Bookwoman: My Name is Lucy Barton (BW16-9)
Wed, May 10, 2017 Bookwoman: The Japanese Lover (BW16-8)
Wed, April 12, 2017 Bookwoman: Just Mercy – A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2015)(BW16-7)
Wed, March 08, 2017 Bookwoman: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (2016)(BW16-6)
Wed, February 08, 2017 Bookwoman: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2006)(BW16-5)
Wed, January 11, 2017 Bookwoman:LaRose by Louise Erdich (2016) (BW16-4)


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