Motherhood by the Book is led by Claire, VB staffer, mother of a 7-year-old, and stepmother of an adolescent.
Authors do not usually attend.
Sunday, September 11, 2:00pmA memoir that examines the bond--sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine--between mothers and daughters.
Sunday, October 9, 2:00pmWhen seven year old Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins.
Sunday, November 13, 2:00pmRuth Reichl's openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realizes she never really knew: her mother.
Sunday, December 11, 2:00pmA heartwarming story of a mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who is pulled into their unforgettable world.
Sunday, January 8, 2:00pmIn the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums.
Sunday, February 12, 2:00pmAfter a great loss, a teenager with muscular dystrophy and his caregiver venture out in a hair-raising road trip across the American West.
Sunday, March 12, 2:00pmAt the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world.
Sunday, April 9, 2:00pmCaroline Symington comes from a prominent family in Portland, Oregon. Much to her family's dismay, she's more interested in hiking outdoors and exploring the freedoms of a 1907's New Woman than fancy parties and money. She plans to marry on her own terms, not her parents. When she falls in love with Bob Alford, an enterprising working-class man who loves the outdoors as much as she, little does she know how sorely her theories will be tested.
Sunday, May 7, 2:00pmGloria Steinem, a writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader, now tells a story she has never told before: a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change.***Note: This meeting is one week early due to Mother's Day***
Sunday, June 11, 2:00pmA brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Sunday, July 9, 2:00pmThe revelatory, poignant story of Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest and eventually secreted-away Kennedy daughter, and how her life transformed her family and an entire nation.
Sunday, August 13, 2:00pmA riveting story about a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain.