History In Her Words: A Year of Reading Women’s Voices

 

 

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It’s September, time again for a new year of reading for my Rediscovering the Classics book group! Our theme this year is History In Her Words: Women’s Voices, and we have a great syllabus. We take a journey back in time and look at some of the major events and eras of history through women’s eyes and writing. The books are in chronological order taking us from Ancient Greece to the modern era, and with stories from all over the world. We dip into drama, memoir, non-fiction, and novels. (Note: The very first book, the play Medea by Euripides, is not by a woman, but it does tell a very compelling woman’s story, so I included it as our BCE selection.)

Happy Reading!

A Divider

History In Her Words: Women’s Voices
Rediscovering the Classics, 2015-2016

September 25: Medea by Euripides (dramatic play, 431 BCE)

October 9 and 23: Sex with Kings by Eleanor Herman (non-fiction history, p. 2004, covers middle ages through modern era)

November 6 and 20: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill (fiction, p. 1854)

December 4: Beloved by Toni Morrison (fiction, p. 1987, covers civil war era and after)

December 18: *Holiday Party and Book Exchange!* Bring food & a gently used book to exchange. To Discuss: Ex Libris, Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman, “The Joy of Sesquipedalians,” “Never Do That to a Book,” “Words on a Flyleaf,” “My Ancestral Castles,” “Secondhand Prose” (essays, p. 1998)

January 8: Little Women, Part 1 by Louisa May Alcott (fiction, p. 1868)

January 22: Little Women, Part 2, “Good Wives”  by Louisa May Alcott (fiction, p. 1869)

February 12 and 26: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (fiction, p. 1982, covers 1910 to 1970s)

March 11 and 25: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (fiction, p. 1989, covers WWII to 1980s)

April 8 and 22: Résistance, A Woman’s Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France by Agnès Humbert (memoir, p. 1946, 2004)

May 13: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel memoir, p. 2001, translation 2003, covers 1980 to 1994)

May 27: Persepolis, ALSO Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (memoir, p. 2003)

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“A word after a word after a word is power.” -Margaret Atwood

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