Future is Female Book Discussion

Winter/Spring 2022 Schedule
2:00-3:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month

Led by Ellen O’Connell, White Plains resident and retired English teacher, this book group focuses on compelling works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by and about women. Join in for thoughtful and lively discussions of the following texts.

February 7th: click here for the Zoom link.
Passing (1929) by Nella Larsen, an important writer of the Harlem Renaissance. This candid and moving exploration of race and identity is the inspiration for the recent Netflix film of the same title. The 2021 Signet Classic edition includes an introduction by Brit Bennett, author of the 2020 novel The Vanishing Half, itself an intricate and treatment of the same topic.
The novel is available in the Library’s physical collection; OverDrive/Libby has both the eBook and digital audiobook.
March 7th:
To Speak for the Trees: My Life's Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest (2021) by Diana Beresford-Kroeger, world recognized botanist and medical biochemist. Through a poignant narrative of her childhood in rural Ireland, Kroeger offers a simple and hopeful message about how to address climate change. Sometimes compared to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Speak for the Trees is available in the Library’s physical collection; OverDrive/Libby has both the eBook and digital audiobook.
April 4th:
Call Us What We Carry (2022), by Amanda Gorman. This first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States “reckons with America’s present, particularly with the pandemic. Through the lens of the country’s history, she shows us the path toward healing,” NPR (National Public Radio). The book is available in the Library’s physical collection; OverDrive/Libby has both the eBook and digital audiobook.
May 2nd:
Smile: The Story of a Face (2021) by Sarah Ruhl, playwright, MacArthur genius, and Pulitzer Prize winner. “In this stunning work, …Ruhl reflects on her long and arduous battle with Bell’s palsy after giving birth to twins [and] … offers hope where it is least expected (Publishers Weekly). The book is available in the Library’s physical collection; OverDrive/Libby has both the eBook and digital audiobook.
June 6th:
All In: An Autobiography (2021), by Billie Jean King. This path-breaking feminist and world-class athlete of indomitable spirit has been described by Serena Williams as “a constant role model in my life…a leading example of integrity in the face of adversity.” The memoir is available in the Library’s physical collection; OverDrive/Libby has both the eBook and digital audiobook.
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