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April Women’s Book Club at Outloud Books

Hi All,

Just a reminder, the OutLoud Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, April 11, at 3:00 pm, to discuss I Can’t Think Straight by award winning writer and film director Shamim Sarif. The novel is based on the screenplay by Kelly Moss and Shamim Sarif and the movie version of I Can’t Think Straight is also available at OutLoud.

“Tala, a London based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala’s best friend.
Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship.
As Tala’s wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to a boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself.
Moving between the vast enclaves of Middle Eastern high society and the stunning backdrop of London’s West End, I Can’t Think Straight explores the clashes between East and West, love and marriage, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedom.” (Book Jacket)

As usual, let me remind you that the book group meeting is open to anyone and you don’t have to read the book to attend.

See you there!

Brenda B.

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Mary Daily

Reprinted from Maize
Its a remarkable and significant moment in all our lives to mark the passing of perhaps our greatest scholar Mary Daly. So many of us have stories and things to say which I hope will unfold over the coming time. I last saw her at the Feminist Hullaballoo in Santa Fe two years ago. It was probably her last public event, and she wasn’t well but she was still as spikey and confronting and courageous and outrageous as always. A group of her oldest students from Boston College led by Emily Culpepper and Linda Barafaldi formed a support team and made her last years better organised and comfortable. Her legacy and her papers/archives are all in order I know and that is good, thanks to Emily. She died in Western Massachusetts on 3rd Jan 2010.
Mary was 81, born in 1928, worked and wrote and thought about the end of patriarchy all her life it seemed. She burst out of the cobwebs of the old catholic church in the 1960’s, having gone off to study theology in Friborg, Switzerland and attended some of the sessions of Vatican 2. I remember her describing the servitude of the women, of the fast revelations that followed, her writing The Church and The Second Sex, and then the great book Beyond God The Father. I first wrote to her back then, when I read that book, and we began our correspondence then. I finally met her in 1979 in Boston, went to her class at Boston College, stayed with her and Denise Connors at Newtonville for 2 weeks and we became life-long complicated friends, as she was with all her friends. She visited Australia in 1981, a tour which I organised with a collective of brave women. It was an exhausting and controversial trip which culminated in the public meeting in the Teachers Federation Hall in Sydney which could be described as a riot. Maybe now I can start to tell some of that story, there’s a thought. Maybe, because lots of the Mary Daly stories are very controversial. Her great book Gyn/Ecology was read widely in reading groups, had women up in arms and passionate like almost no other book of the 70’s period. For me the greatest of all the books is Pure Lust from 1983. Its time to revisit them all, and there are lots. There was also a great essay she wrote in a Quest journal from the late 1970’s which I still think is one of the best sources of her ideas. Her own theological roots went to Thomas Aquinas and she took him apart in a rad fem revisioning of the whole of western male thinking. Her work is still to be truly grasped I think, and will be over future time, interwoven with an understanding of her biography and experiences among women and her times. Its a monumental intellectual creative journey.
This was a huge life throbbing with ideas at the very edge of our thinking – that’s a lot to consider. There will be stories and gossip, reflections and laughs, for the remarkable achievements and legacy of the very complex very alive to the deep background world very much loved and honoured Mary Daly. I thank the spirits for her life and commend her to the galactic cows and to Stein and Woolf and the other women she can now hang out with in the spiral galaxies of the ancestors.- Suzanne Bellamy

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January Women’s Book Club at Outloud Books

Hi All,

Just a reminder that the OutLoud Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, January 10, at 3:00 pm to discuss The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue.

“Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter blends fact and invention to create a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce—Victorian style.
Miss Emily “Fido” Faithfull is a “woman of business” and a spinster pioneer in the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen’s failing marriage to a stuffy admiral and her obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama that rivals the Clinton affair—complete with stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious sealed letter that could destroy more than one life.
The Sealed Letter is a page-turner of the most intelligent sort. Brought to life by Emma Donoghue’s vivid characterizations and matchless eye for detail, here is a story remarkably relevant to contemporary issues of infidelity, propriety, and the media.” (Book Jacket)

You don’t have to read the book to attend the meeting, but this is one book you won’t want to miss! We will also be making selections for the February through June meetings.

If you receive OutLoud’s emails, you may notice that the Men’s Book Group is also meeting on the same dates we are but they will be meeting at the OutCentral Cultural Center conference room, not the bookstore.

Brenda B.

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Women’s Book Group at Out Loud Books

Hi Everyone,

The Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, November 8, at 3:00 pm to discuss The Secret Keeping by Francine Saint Marie.

“Dr. Helaine Kristenson is the leading authority in the field of psychosexual relations and the best-selling author of the how-to bible, “Keeping Mr. Right.” Professionally, she deals with secrets of the heart everyday. Privately, she even has a few of her own to keep her busy. What’s so Top Secret? Her seven-year relationship with notorious super-model, Sharon Chambers…a one very hot union that lately has become something less than perfect.
Wandering unwittingly into the middle of their tangled web is disillusioned investment strategist, Lydia Beaumont, a sleeping beauty who’s just about to wake up.
Add to the resulting fray a dozen lawyers, a handful of corporate executives and a gaggle of overzealous reporters and you’ve got one highly public love triangle. And the more private a woman is, the more exposed she becomes.
THE SECRET KEEPING is a high stakes, fast paced romance, where the moral of the story is that money can indeed buy you love…if it’s invested wisely.” (Book Jacket)

This is the first book in a trilogy and OutLoud will be glad to order the second book, Fortune is a Woman and the third, The Stolen Kiss, for you. Sorry, but they will not be eligible for the book group discount.

Don’t forget, there will be no meeting in December.

Hope to see you at the meeting and, as usual, you don’t have to finish or even read the book to attend. But if you don’t read this one, you will miss out on of the most entertaining books of the year.

Brenda B.

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Just a reminder that the OutLoud Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, July 12, at 3:00 pm to discuss Closer to Fine by Meri Weiss. As always, you don’t have to read the book to attend!

Here’s a little info on the book:

Four years after her older brother’s death, with a bout of depression behind her, Alex feels fragile but no longer broken. As for normal—only with her roommate and best friend Jordy, and her gay friend Jax can she feel anything close to that. Then, Alex’s therapist, Sam, bequeaths her the cryptic message “You’re missing a piece of yourself.” At Sam’s funeral, Alex meets the wealthy and charming Tucker. As their romance deepens, Tucker tries to draw Alex out of her safety zone. But is Tucker the key to Sam’s riddle, or is the real answer still waiting to be found? At once humorous and heartbreaking, and peopled with deftly rendered characters, Closer to Fine is an exquisite first novel about love, loss and self discovery, written with uncommon verve and grace. (Book Jacket)

See you at the meeting!

Brenda B.

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outloud women’s book club

Hi All,

Just a reminder that the OutLoud Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, June 14 to discuss “Beyond the Pale” by Elana Dykewomon.

Also, the book selection for July is “Closer to Fine” by Meri Weiss.

And don’t forget, K. G. Macgregor will be at OutLoud June 1 at 7:00 pm for a reading and book signing.

See you at the meeting!

Brenda B.

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Women’s Book Club Meeting at Outloud Books

Hello Everyone,

This is just a reminder that the Women’s Book Group will meet Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 pm to discuss Sappho’s Leap by Erica Jong. Remember, everyone is invited and you don’t have to read the book to attend. Here’s a little more info about the book and about June’s selection.

Sappho’s Leap is a journey back 2,600 years to inhabit the mind of the greatest love poet the world has ever known. At the age of fourteen, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus and plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island. When they are caught, she is married off to a repellent older man in hopes that matrimony will keep her out of trouble. Instead, it starts her off on a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, and even to the Land of the Amazons and the shadowy realm of Hades. Complemented by Erica Jong’s new translations of Sappho’s fragments… Sappho’s Leap is not to be missed. (Book Jacket)
“Jong offers sly commentary on everything from slavery to superstition, greed, lust, vanity, deceit, age, and artistic freedom in a tale that is at once enormously entertaining and wisely provocative.” (Booklist)

June 14 meeting – Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon

A decade after it was first printed, Beyond the Pale, one of the classics of lesbian literature, has finally been reprinted. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows the lives of Chava and Gutke, two women born in a Russian-Jewish settlement who ultimately immigrate to New York’s Lower East Side. This is an honest and passionate look into a specific past; a world of midwifery; Russian pogroms; the immigrant experience and the New York suffrage movement. It is an enduring tale of triumph, love and courage over inhumanity. But at its heart lies the most universal story of all; the devotion of one person to another. (Book Jacket)
This edition also includes a preface by the author which looks at the impact of this book on her life and the lives of the readers she has heard from over the years.

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