Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis on July 6th, 2017 at Marci’s house (?) May 31, 2017

Filed under: Books,Upcoming books — Susan @ 5:55 pm

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.

Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.

Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.

 

Headscarves & Hymens by Mona Eltahawy on February 18th at Lori’s house January 20, 2016

Filed under: Upcoming books — Susan @ 5:37 pm

51DW5kGRDCL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The journalist Mona Eltahawy is no stranger to controversy. Through her articles and actions she has fought for the autonomy, security, and dignity of Muslim women, drawing vocal supporters and detractors. Now, in her first book, Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy has prepared a definitive condemnation of the repressive forces-political, cultural, and religious-that reduce millions of women to second-class citizens.
Drawing on her years as a campaigner for and commentator on women’s issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began in 2010, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought alongside men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that represses women in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and other nations.
Eltahawy has traveled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting with women and listening to their stories. Her book is a plea for outrage and action, confronting a “toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend.” A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, Headscarves and Hymens is as illuminating as it is incendiary.

 

Books and places for Fall/Winter 2014 October 6, 2014

Filed under: dates and places,Upcoming books — Susan @ 4:10 pm

And the winners:

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran at Susan’s house on Thursday November 6th (I took liberty and shortened this to 5 weeks so the next rotation wouldn’t land on Christmas)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed at Danda’s house on Thursday December 18th

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenbergat Heidi’s house on January 29th