Book Club

The Smith Club Book Club generally focuses on fiction and non-fiction books authored by or written about Smith women. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve read the book or not. The conversations are always illuminating, convivial and wide-ranging. 

The Smith Club Book Club meets at 2:00 pm on the last Sunday of every other month, with some exceptions. Starting in 2020, we’ve begun meeting virtually over Zoom. Contact smithclubco@gmail.com to get on the book club email list.

The next book club meeting will be on Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 pm.  We’ll be discussing Kindred by Octavia Butler

About Kindred by Octavia Butler


Let us know if you’re interested in joining the Smith Club Book Club. 

2021 Smith Club Book Club Dates and Selections

  • January 24 – Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  • March 28 – America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray ’93 & Laura Kamoie
  • May 23 – The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • July 25 – The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren
  • September 26 – Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig
  • November 14 – Kindred by Octavia Butler

2020 Smith Club Book Club Selections

  • Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern ’00
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
  • Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan ’03
  • Julia Child: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Julia Child ’34,  Introduction by Helen Rosner ’04

2019 Smith Club Book Club Selections

  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen Carter
  • Kickdown: A Novel by Rebecca Clarren ’97
  • The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

2018 Smith Club Book Club Selections

  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber ’73
  • Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction by Mary Ellen Hannibal ’81
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
  • My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

2017 Smith Club Book Club Selections

  • A Spoonful of Sugar by Amanda Orr ’90
  • Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love by Simran Sethi ’92
  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem ’56
  • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper ’96
  • Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldman (Bryn Mawr College ’64, MA ’67).
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

2016 Smith Club Book Club Selections

  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman ’92
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ’00
  • Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt ’77
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara ’95
  • Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis by Alice Kaplan