Soroptimist Book Club

SI Chester’s book club meets bi-monthly at a different member’s house to discuss a book that has been chosen by members, but usually follows that suggested by the group: Our Shared Shelf (—our-shared-shelf).  The books are about, or by, different women from around the world and reading them is a great way to gather different perspectives, which may help to inform us in our Soroptimist work, but is also an interesting and fun activity.

The book club is open to members and non-members. This allows us to discuss different perspectives and perceptions of the books and also has helped to promote the Soroptimist name more widely in our networks.

The range of books that have been discussed include autobiographical works such as ‘My Life on the Road’ by Gloria Steinem, ‘Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl’ by Carrie Brownstein, ‘The Argonauts’ by Maggie Nelson, ‘How to be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran and ‘The Complete Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi, fiction novels such as ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, plus non-fiction works such as ‘Half the Sky’ by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn and ‘Women Who Run with Wolves’ by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

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