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Book Groups: Contemporary Women Writers

Contemporary Women Writers Book Group

July 2020

Facilitated by former Adult Services Librarian Joan Ennis, the Contemporary Women Writers Book Group meets virtually the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  The group primarily reads fiction by living women authors, but occasionally reads fiction and nonfiction books by  living male authors.

Books are selected annually for the following year at the September meeting.

Meetings begin with background information on the writer, followed by discussion. No advance signup is required and new members are always welcome!  To register to join a virtual meeting click here:  


For more information please contact library staff at the Adult Services Desk at the Northfield Public Library, 507-645-1802


January Belong to Me Marisa De los Santos
February Paris Wife Paula McLain
March River of Doubt Candace Millard
April Behind the Beautiful Flower Katherine Boo
May Too Much Happiness Alice Munro
June Stormchasers Jenna Blum
July Horse Boy Rupert Isaacson
August Round House Louise Erdrich
September Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver
October The Healing Jonathan Odell
November March Geraldine Brooks
January Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri
February The Book Thief Markus Zusak
March Where'd You Go, Bernadette Marie Semple
April Dew Breakers Danticat Edwidge
May Night Woods Charles Frazier
June The Light Between Oceans M.L. Steadman
July The Fault In Our Stars John Green
August Turn Here Sweet Corn Atina Diffley
September The Other David Gutterson
October Unbroken: A World War II Airman's Story of Survival Laura Hillenbrand
November Love Anthony Lisa Genova
January The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
February Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger
March Enrique's Journey Sonia Nazario
April Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline
May Bohemian Flats

Mary Ellis

June The Museum of Extraordinary Things Alice Hoffman
July A Star for Mrs. Blake April Smith
August Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
September The Wives of Los Alamos TaraShea Nesbit
October A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
November All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
January The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson
February The Children Act Ian McEwan
March $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America Kathryn Edin
April A Fighting Chance Elizabeth Warren
May Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee
June To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
July The Republic of Imagination: American in Three Books Azar Nafisi
August Turtle Warriors Mary Relindes Ellis
September Arsonist Sue Miller
October Hour Before Daylight Jimmy Carter
November The Turtle Catcher Nicole Helget
January The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbertson
February The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu Joshua Hammer
March The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
April The High Mountains of Portugal Yann Martel
May A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
June Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel
July Dimestore: A Writer's Life Lee Smith
August Some Luck Jane Smiley
September The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father Kao Kali Yang
October The Zookeeper's Wife Diane Ackerman
November The Sleepwalker Chris Bohjalian
January The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
February A Piece of the World Christine  Baker Kline
March A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea Melissa Fleming
April Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly
May The History of Wolves Emily Fridlund
June Anything is Possible Elizabeth Strout
July The Optimist's Daughter Eudora Welty
August What She Knew Gilly MacMillan
September The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
October The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
November The Chilbury Ladies Choir Jennifer Ryan
January The Alice Network Kate Quinn
February A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota Sun Yung Shin
March Americanah Chimananda Adichie
April Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly
May Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate
June The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Hannah Tinti
July One in a Million Boy Monica Wood
August Left Neglected Lisa Genova
September A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
October Educated Tara Westover
November Circling the Sun Paula McClain
January Lost Roses Martha Hall Kelly
February The Clockmaker's Daughter Kate Morton
March Homecoming Yaa Gyasi
April Becoming Michelle Obama
May The Lost Girls of Paris Pam Jenoff
June The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
July Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis J.D. Vance
August The Huntress Kate Quinn
September The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris
October Dear Mrs. Bird A.J. Pearce
November The Woman of No Important: The Untold Story of the American Spy... Sonia Purnell