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Bad Girl Book Club

    • October 10, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 8
    Register

    Join this new evening women's book club! And no, you don’t have to be a "bad girl" to join the group. This group will focus on books with female authors and unique female protagonists.  In depth and honest opinions are encouraged.  You don’t even have to finish the book to join in on this fun book discussion group. Indulgent beverages and desserts will be served, and bad girl attire encouraged!


    Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Monday, October 10

    6:00 pm–8:00 pm

    Facilitator: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Every woman has a secret life . . .

    Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

    Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

    Register by 10/8

    • November 14, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    Join this new evening women's book club! And no, you don’t have to be a "bad girl" to join the group. This group will focus on books with female authors and unique female protagonists.  In depth and honest opinions are encouraged.  You don’t even have to finish the book to join in on this fun book discussion group. Indulgent beverages and desserts will be served, and bad girl attire encouraged! 

    Untamed by Glennon Doyle

    Monday, November 14

    6:00 pm–8:00 pm

    Instructor: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.

    This is a book you will want to highlight, and read over and over.

    Register by 11/12

    • December 12, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    Join this new evening women's book club! And no, you don’t have to be a "bad girl" to join the group. This group will focus on books with female authors and unique female protagonists.  In depth and honest opinions are encouraged.  You don’t even have to finish the book to join in on this fun book discussion group. Indulgent beverages and desserts will be served, and bad girl attire encouraged! 

    Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

    Monday, December 12

    6:00 pm–8:00 pm

    Instructor: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Rachel is twenty-four, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion. By day, she maintains an illusion of existential control, by way of obsessive food rituals, while working as an underling at a Los Angeles talent management agency. At night, she pedals nowhere on the elliptical machine. Rachel is content to carry on subsisting—until her therapist encourages her to take a ninety-day communication detox from her mother, who raised her in the tradition of calorie counting.

    Early in the detox, Rachel meets Miriam, a zaftig young Orthodox Jewish woman who works at her favorite frozen yogurt shop and is intent upon feeding her. Rachel is suddenly and powerfully entranced by Miriam—by her sundaes and her body, her faith and her family—and as the two grow closer, Rachel embarks on a journey marked by mirrors, mysticism, mothers, milk, and honey.

    We will openly discuss themes of eating disorders and sexuality in this meeting. This is a safe space, and what we say stays within the group.

    Register by 12/10


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