CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF AUSTIN
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB


The Women’s Book Club consists of members and friends of the Congregational Church of Austin. It meets in members' homes on the third Thursday of each month

Coordinator:
Pat Oakes
Ph. 512 442-0521
Email: oakes@utexas.edu

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Women's Book Club.

Left to Right: Carol Barrett, Lynn Chaveria, Sarah Bentley, Gail Christeson, Betty Bodman, Lynne Lemley, Geneva Ross, Sara Ross, Pat Oakes, Carolyn Thompson, Carol Burlinson, Nodie Murphy, sitting in middle, Barbara Burhham, February 2018.

  2017-2018 Schedule    
Meeting Date Book Title Author Host
January 18, 2018 Kindred Octavia Butler Sara Ross
February 22, 2018 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Pat Oakes
March 15, 2018 Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston Sara Ross
April 19, 2018 Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War Joe Bageant Pat Oakes
May 17, 2018 Homegoing: A Novel

Yaa Gyasi

Sara Ross
June 9, 2018 Poetry at the Lake   Fran & Rambie Briggs
July 19, 2018 The Gene, an Intimate History Siddhartha Mukherjee Pat Oakes
August 16, 2018 The Underground Railroad: A Novel Colson Whitehead Sara Ross
September 20, 2018 Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson Sara Ross
October 18, 2018 The Governor's Wife Mark Gimenez Sara Ross
November 17, 2018 Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family Amy Ellis Nutt Sara Ross
December 2018 No Meeting None None
January 17, 2019 Book Selection Meeting None Sara Ross

Member List:

  • Carol Barrett
  • Sarah Bentley
  • Betty Bodman-on leave
  • Suzanne Bradford
  • Carol Burlinson
  • Barbara Burnham
  • Florence Castle-Emerits
  • Lynn Chaveria
  • Gail Christeson
  • Cathy Hubbs-Emeritus
  • Ruth Koenig-Emeritus
  • Lynne Lymley
  • Nodie Murphy
  • Liz Nash
  • Pat Oakes
  • Joy Penticuff
  • Betty Phillips
  • Geneva Ross
  • Sara Ross
  • Carolyn Thompson

Poetry at the Lake

The Women's Book Club of the Congregational Church will join the Men’s Book Club. Spouses and friends are welcomed. We gather at the Briggs’ home in Lago Vista around 10:00 AM. Each person brings a poem or two or three. Some folks bring their own poetry or a poem that has special meaning for them. Some make us laugh. Some raise our consciousness. Some are sad. . . regardless, it is always a good time together.

After a couple hours of poems we have lunch. Fran and I will make fajitas and have tortillas (including gluten free). We will also provide drinks. The pot luck part of the meal will be whatever you would like to have with your fajitas. . . fixings, salads, veggies, desserts, and special drinks if you wish.

Host: Rambie and Fran Briggs
Briggs’ address is 22017 Redbird Drive in Lago Vista. If your GPS says Red Bird Trail do not go there (wrong side of the mountain). You may want to car pool. We are about 35 miles from the church. Click Google map icon above for directions.

 

 

Selection History  
Title Author
2002
 
Wild Swans Jung Chang
The Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway
Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
Native Tongue Carl Hiaasen
2003
 
The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
Chronicle of the Death Foretold Gabriel Garcia Márquez
The Red Tent Anita Diament
Operating Instructions Anne La Motte
2004
 
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Peace Like a River Leif Enger
The Reader Bernhard Schlink
The Life of Pi Yann Martel
Angels and Demons Dan Brown
Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes
House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus
The Alchemist Paul Coelho
2005
 
Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
Mary Magdalene: Myth and Metaphor Susan Haskins
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Zod Wallop William Browning Spencer
Crossing to Safety Wallace Stegner
Straight Man Richard Russo
Ibid Mark Dunn
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich
2006
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fall or Succeed Jared Diamond
The Beekeeper's Apprentice Laurie R. King
2009
 
Mayflower Nathaniel Philbrick
The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan
Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: An African Childhood Robyn Scott
Lincoln's Melancholy Joshua Wolf Shenk
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
The Known World Edward P. Jones
Dreams From My Father Barack Obama
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde
2011
 
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
Birds Without Wings Louis De Bernieres
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Mark Haddon
The Shallows; What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains Nicholas Carr
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Charles Mann
The Weird Sisters Eleanor Brown
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World Jacqueline Novogratz
My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk
Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih
The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
Great Expectation Charles Dickins
Saving Fish from Drowning Amy Tan
The Cellist from Sareaevo Steven Galloway
2013
 
Letters From Russia Astolphe de Custine
The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenidies
the Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels Janet Soskice
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of WWII MItchell Zuckoff
Lamb: The Gospel According to Bif, Christ's Childhood Pal Christopher Moore
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
Freeman Leonard Ptts, Jr.
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking Oliver Burkeman
2014
 
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Charles Mann
The Orchardist Amanda Coplin
The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilderson
Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths (P.S.) Bruce Feiler
Middlemarch George Eliot
My Life in Middlemarch Rebecca Read
Assassination Vacation Sarah Vowell
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan Eizabeth Norman
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
2015
 
Suite-Française Iréne Némirovsky
The House on Sugar Beach Helene Cooper
Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
The Annotated Alice Martin Gardner
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert; Shaper of Nations Georgina Howell
Being Mortal Atal Gawande
China Dolls Lisa See
The Cost of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Orphan Train, a Novel Christina Baker Kline
2016
 
The Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline
All the Light We Cannot See Antony Doerr
Someone Alice McDermott
Without a Trace: The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert

The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
The Blessing Tony Hillerman
The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 James Shapiro
Jane Steele Lindsay Faye
2017
 
Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow
La Rose: A Novel Louise Erdrich
Split Seconds: A Remembrance Tamara Geva
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon
Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
The Invention of Nature Andrea Wulf
Surfeit of Lampreys: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #10 Ngaio Marsh
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Debby Irving
2018
 
Kindred Octavia Butler
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale Hurston
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War Joe Bageant
Homegoing: A NovelYaa Gyasi
The Gene, an Intimate HistorySiddhartha Mukherjee
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
The Governor's Wife Mark Gimenez
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family Amy Ellis Nutt
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