Brandeis University Women's
Monthly Book Group
fourth Monday of the month (usually)
9:30 - 11:30 am
Meets monthly at the Bronfman Family JCC
New women welcome, bring a friend!
December 17: NOTE DATE !! Aura, by Carlos Fuentes. A young historian is hired by an elderly woman to edit her husband's memoirs and live with her and her beautiful niece. A novella about time, identity, fantasy and horror.
January 28: Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev. The clash of generations in mid-nineteenth century Russia during the time of the end of serfdom, the decline of the aristocracy, and the start of women's emancipation.
February 25: In the Garden of the Beasts, by Erik Larson. The rise of Nazi Germany from the perspective of William Dodd, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany in the 1930's.
March 25: The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards. A man gives away his Downs Syndrome baby without telling his wife. The life that follows that decision. A contemporary controversy.
April 22: The Master, by Colm Toibin. Novelized biography of Henry James in midlife when he was reeling from a failed play and trying to renew his writing. A novel of sexual ambivalence and repression. Beautifully written:
May 20 (NOTE DATE): Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel . Ann Boleyn doesn't produce a male heir for Henry VIII. It's up to Thomas Cromwell to deal with her. Booker Award recipient.
June 24: Canada, by Richard Ford. the impact of parental foolishness on their young son who escapes to Canada . A family torn apart by a moment of truth. Acclaimed by the critics.
Contact: Leslie Steinmetz, 805-687-5031, firstname.lastname@example.org