The Women’s Book Club consists of members and friends of the Congregational Church of Austin. It meets in members' homes on the third Thursday of each month

Pat Oakes
Ph. 512 627-1810

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Women's Book Club

Left to Right: Carol Barrett, Lynn Chaveria, Sarah Bentley, Gail Christeson, Betty Bodman, Lynne Lemley, Geneva Ross, Sara Ross, Pat Oakes, Carolyn Thompson, Carol Burlinson, Nodie Murphy, sitting in middle, Barbara Burnham, February 2018.

  2021-202 Schedule    
October 20, 2022 Squeeze Me Carl Hiaasen Zoom Meeting
November 17, 2022 RABBI JESUS: An Intimate Biography Bruce Chilton Zoom Meeting
December, 2022 No Meeting Kay Redfield Jamison Zoom Meeting
January 19, 2023 Great Circle Maggie Shipstead Zoom Meeting
February 16, 2023 Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II Catherine Musemeche Zoom Meeting
March 16, 2023 Open Seasons Archie Mayor Zoom Meeting
April 20, 2023 Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution Mike Duncan Zoom Meeting
May 18, 2023 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens Zoom Meeting
June 15, 2023 The Last Year of the War Susan Meissner Zoom Meeting
July 20, 2023 Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Robin Wall Kimmerer Zoom Meeting
August 17, 2023 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (The Hercule Poirot Mysteries, Book 4)

Agatha Christie

Zoom Meeting
September 21, 2023 The Song of the Lark

Willa Cather

Zoom Meeting
October 20, 2023 Last Dance on the Starlight Pier

Sarah Bird

Zoom Meeting
November 19, 2023 The Lincoln Highway: A Novel

Amor Towles

Zoom Meeting
December No Meeting

Zoom Meeting
January 20, 2024 Hamnet

Maggie O"Farrell

Zoom Meeting
February 20, 2024 Black Cake

Charmaine Wilkerson

Zoom Meeting

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Poetry at the Lake

The Women's Book Club of the Congregational Church will join the Men’s Book Club. Spouses and friends are welcomed. We gather at the Briggs’ home in Lago Vista around 10:00 AM. Each person brings a poem or two or three. Some folks bring their own poetry or a poem that has special meaning for them. Some make us laugh. Some raise our consciousness. Some are sad. . . regardless, it is always a good time together.

After a couple hours of poems we have lunch. Fran and I will make fajitas and have tortillas (including gluten free). We will also provide drinks. The pot luck part of the meal will be whatever you would like to have with your fajitas. . . fixings, salads, veggies, desserts, and special drinks if you wish.

Host: Rambie and Fran Briggs
Briggs’ address is 22017 Redbird Drive in Lago Vista. If your GPS says Red Bird Trail do not go there (wrong side of the mountain). You may want to car pool. We are about 35 miles from the church. Click Google map icon above for directions.



Selection History  
Title Author
Wild Swans Jung Chang
The Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway
Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
Native Tongue Carl Hiaasen
The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
Chronicle of the Death Foretold Gabriel Garcia Márquez
The Red Tent Anita Diament
Operating Instructions Anne La Motte
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Peace Like a River Leif Enger
The Reader Bernhard Schlink
The Life of Pi Yann Martel
Angels and Demons Dan Brown
Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes
House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus
The Alchemist Paul Coelho
Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
Mary Magdalene: Myth and Metaphor Susan Haskins
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Zod Wallop William Browning Spencer
Crossing to Safety Wallace Stegner
Straight Man Richard Russo
Ibid Mark Dunn
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fall or Succeed Jared Diamond
The Beekeeper's Apprentice Laurie R. King
Mayflower Nathaniel Philbrick
The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan
Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: An African Childhood Robyn Scott
Lincoln's Melancholy Joshua Wolf Shenk
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
The Known World Edward P. Jones
Dreams From My Father Barack Obama
The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
Birds Without Wings Louis De Bernieres
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Mark Haddon
The Shallows; What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains Nicholas Carr
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Charles Mann
The Weird Sisters Eleanor Brown
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World Jacqueline Novogratz
My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk
Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih
The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
Great Expectation Charles Dickins
Saving Fish from Drowning Amy Tan
The Cellist from Sareaevo Steven Galloway
Letters From Russia Astolphe de Custine
The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenidies
the Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels Janet Soskice
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of WWII MItchell Zuckoff
Lamb: The Gospel According to Bif, Christ's Childhood Pal Christopher Moore
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
Freeman Leonard Ptts, Jr.
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking Oliver Burkeman
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Charles Mann
The Orchardist Amanda Coplin
The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilderson
Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths (P.S.) Bruce Feiler
Middlemarch George Eliot
My Life in Middlemarch Rebecca Read
Assassination Vacation Sarah Vowell
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan Eizabeth Norman
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Suite-Française Iréne Némirovsky
The House on Sugar Beach Helene Cooper
Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
The Annotated Alice Martin Gardner
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert; Shaper of Nations Georgina Howell
Being Mortal Atal Gawande
China Dolls Lisa See
The Cost of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Orphan Train, a Novel Christina Baker Kline
The Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline
All the Light We Cannot See Antony Doerr
Someone Alice McDermott
Without a Trace: The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert

The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
The Blessing Tony Hillerman
The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 James Shapiro
Jane Steele Lindsay Faye
Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow
La Rose: A Novel Louise Erdrich
Split Seconds: A Remembrance Tamara Geva
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon
Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
The Invention of Nature Andrea Wulf
Surfeit of Lampreys: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #10 Ngaio Marsh
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Debby Irving
Kindred Octavia Butler
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale Hurston
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War Joe Bageant
Homegoing: A NovelYaa Gyasi
The Gene, an Intimate HistorySiddhartha Mukherjee
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson
The Governor's Wife Mark Gimenez
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family Amy Ellis Nutt
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told to Alex Haley Alex Haley
A Bite-Sized History of France Stephane Henaut & Jeni Mitchell
Educated; A Memoir Tara Westover
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen Sara Bird
Becoming Michelle Obama
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann
A Passage to India E. M. Forster
God Save Texas Lawrence Wright
The Reckoning John Grisham
Daughters-in-Law Joanne Trollope
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah
A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

Notes of a Native Son James Baldwin
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Daniel James Brown
Longitude Dava Sobel
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Kay Redfield Jamison
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Jesmyn Ward
The Library Book Susan Orlean
No Meeting None
Pope Joan Donna Woolfolk
The Yellow House: A Memoir Sarah M. Broom
How to Live a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attemps at an Answer Sarah Bakewell
Pale Horse, Pale Rider Katherine Ann Porter
Simon the Fiddler Paulette Jiles
Eleanor David Michaelis
The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett

Isabel Wilkerson

House in the Cerulean Sea T. J. Klune
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Sonia Purnell
The Woman Who Smashed Code: A True Story of Love, Spies and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies Ason Fagone
No Meeting Kay Redfield Jamison
A Promised Land Barack Obama
News of the World Paulette Jiles
Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Kirk Wallace Johnson
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Joshua Hammer
Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking Bill Buford
Luncheon of the Boating Party Susan Vreeland
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Audre Lorde
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Jessica Bruder
Squeeze Me Carl Hiaasen
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