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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Just a reminder about the book group meeting Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 pm. The author, Bett Norris, is so excited about talking with us that she mentioned the meeting on her web site, bettnorris.com. After visiting her site, I can tell this will be a really fun meeting. Also, don’t forget this is the weekend we roll our clocks forward to Daylight Savings Time! So don’t be late and join in the fun! As usual, everyone’s invited whether you’ve read the book or not.
Have you ever wanted to talk to an author about where they get their story ideas, or why something happened in the book the way it did, or how they got started writing? Well I have great news! We are going to have a phone-in with author Bett Norris during our meeting and you’ll get to ask all those questions and more. She will also be telling us about What’s Best for Jane, the sequel to Miss McGhee.
Here’s a little info on the book, Miss McGhee.
” World War II is over and… Mary McGhee is looking for…a new start, a new job, a new place. But in the small Alabama town she’s chosen, she soon finds it’s not so easy to leave the past behind. There’s the old problem of being an unwelcome woman in a man’s world when Mary takes on the challenge of returning a neglected lumber empire to profitability. Then there’s Lila Dubose, the boss’s wife, who stirs up desires Mary can’t escape, fears she can’t control, and reminders that she is surrounded by threat. Set in the shadow of the civil rights movement, Miss McGhee is a sweeping tale of forbidden love in a turbulent time. First-time author Bett Norris portrays one of the darkest and most troubling times in American history with exceptional skill and sensitivity. (Book Jacket)
So mark your calendars for 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 8 and remember, as always, you don’t need to read the book to come and enjoy the discussion.