Women Authors Book Club

The Women Authors Book Club is a group of readers who get together about every six weeks at the Carrollwood Cultural Center to discuss a contemporary or classic, fiction or nonfiction, piece of literature written by a woman.

All meetings will be held at 7:15 p.m., unless otherwise decided by the group.  For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

Feb
19
Mon
Women Authors Book Club
Feb 19 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Traveling With Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler

Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone FowlerFrom grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took—through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond—to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand.

Find it on Amazon.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

Apr
2
Mon
Women Authors Book Club
Apr 2 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger…

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives…

Find it on Amazon.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

May
14
Mon
Women Authors Book Club
May 14 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful by Alice HoffmanShe was disappearing inch by inch, vanishing into thin air, and then one day a postcard arrived . . . There was no return address, no signature, only a scrawled message: Say something. Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl growing up on Long Island until one night a terrible road accident brings her life to a halt. While her best friend Helene suffers life-changing injuries, Shelby becomes overwhelmed with guilt and is suddenly unable to see the possibility of a future she’d once taken for granted. But as time passes, and Helene becomes an almost otherworldly figure within the town, seen by its inhabitants as a source of healing, Shelby finds herself attended to by her own guardian angel. A mysterious figure she half-glimpsed the night of the car crash, he now sends Shelby brief but beautiful messages imploring her to take charge of her life once more . . . 

Find it on Amazon.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

Jun
18
Mon
Women Authors Book Club
Jun 18 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa Lafaye

Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa LafayeFlorida, 1935. In Heron Key, relationships are as tangled as the swamp’s mangrove roots. It’s been eighteen long years since Henry went away to war. Still, Missy has waited, cleaning the Kincaids’ house and counting the stars. Now he’s back, but she barely recognizes the desperate, destitute veteran he’s become ― unsure of his future, ashamed of his past. When a white woman is found beaten nearly to death after the Fourth of July barbecue, suspicion falls on him immediately. As tensions rise in the small community, the barometer starts to plummet ― a massive hurricane is on its way.

Based on real historical events,Under a Dark Summer Sky evokes what happens when people, sweating under the weight of their pasts, are tested to the absolute limits of their endurance.

Find it on Amazon.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

Aug
20
Mon
Women Authors Book Club
Aug 20 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa CatherWilla Cather’s best known novel is an epic–almost mythic–story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost forty years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows–gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events, Cather gives us an indelible vision of life unfolding in a place where time itself seems suspended.

Find it on Amazon.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

Oct
1
Mon
Women Authors Book Club : Sing, Unburied, Sing
Oct 1 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn WardJojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

Find it on Amazon.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

Nov
5
Mon
Women Authors Book Club
Nov 5 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Book Selection Night.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.

Nov
12
Mon
Women Authors Book Club
Nov 12 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermottOn a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove―to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife―“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.

We begin deep inside Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century. Decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence. Yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives and over the decades testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations.

Find it on Amazon.

For more information, please contact Group Leader, Debbie Doliner, at debdoliner@gmail.com.