Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

Just Kids by Patti Smith on March 17th at 6:30 at Jane Addams Book Shop hosted by Susan E February 25, 2010

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 5:00 pm
Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2010: Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe weren’t always famous, but they always thought they would be. They found each other, adrift but determined, on the streets of New York City in the late ’60s and made a pact to keep each other afloat until they found their voices–or the world was ready to hear them. Lovers first and then friends as Mapplethorpe discovered he was gay, they divided their dimes between art supplies and Coney Island hot dogs. Mapplethorpe was quicker to find his metier, with a Polaroid and then a Hasselblad, but Smith was the first to fame, transformed, to her friend’s delight, from a poet into a rock star. (Mapplethorpe soon became famous too–and notorious–before his death from AIDS in 1989.) Smith’s memoir of their friendship, Just Kids, is tender and artful, open-eyed but surprisingly decorous, with the oracular style familiar from her anthems like “Because the Night,” “Gloria,” and “Dancing Barefoot” balanced by her powers of observation and memory for everyday details like the price of automat sandwiches and the shabby, welcoming fellow bohemians of the Chelsea Hotel, among whose ranks these baby Rimbauds found their way. –Tom Nissley

Nominated Books for Spring 2010 February 24, 2010

Filed under: Nominated Books — Susan @ 5:48 pm

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Crazy Heart:  A Novel by Thomas Cobb

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary

Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

The Informant  A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Let the World Spins by Colin McCann

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Testimony by Anita Shreve

The Theory of Light and Matter by Andrew Porter

The Three Weissmanns of Westport – Cathleen Schine

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell


February 16, 2010

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 4:58 pm

February 3rd, 2010 in M2 hosted by Marci-Getting Mother’s Body by Suzan-Lori Parks 


Cool Women in Attendance:

Marci, Susie, Heidi, Ann, Susan E, Lori,Danda


  • Vinny’s Pizza-YUM!
  • Salad
  • Cupcakes by Cakes on Walnut

Memorable Moments:

  • A wonderful tour of the new M2 condo’s
  • The books wasn’t very popular but sparked great discussion
  • We miss Susan C!