The Women Who Dare book group at Kansas City Public Library likes to discuss books that are written by women and that focus on women’s relationships, concerns and issues. This is a group that reads women’s fiction with depth and literary quality. Here’s the list for the coming year.
January: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan–the group read Jordan’s debut novel, Mudbound, last year and enjoyed it. They’re looking forward to her sophomore effort.
February: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot–Now that every book group in the states has finished discussing this compelling medical narrative, it’s our turn.
March: Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim–this title is an official selection of the KCPL Adult Winter Reading Program, Destination Anywhere! It will also be one of the Read It/Watch It series at KCPL.
April: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender–every year one book makes the list because it’s one I want to read and I’ll need to “assign” it to myself. This is that title.
May: Elegies for the Brokenhearted by Christie Hodgen–whenever possible I like to include a local author and Christie Hodgen’s quirky elegies was very popular with Kansas City readers.
June: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward–this is the time of year that all three book group start reading the same title.
July: A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure–an inspiring adventure story that will rouse the readers in the middle of a sultry Kansas City summer.
August: The Tower, The Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart–there’s always one book on the list that I’ve never heard of. This is that book.
September: The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning–the group likes historical fiction with strong female characters who mix with real historical people and situations.
October: The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of “Little House on the Prairie” by Wendy McClure–Whenever we talk about favorite childhood books, Laura Ingalls Wilder is always mentioned. How fortunate this memoir was published recently.
November: The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon–a compelling story with a lively pace and interesting characters.
December: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson–the last book of the year is always a stress-reliever. This sweet story about two older residents of a small English village is a good selection for a hectic time of year.