Book Clubs

Bates alumni have a long and vibrant history of Book Clubs, and are always welcome to start new groups!

In Boston and Portland, clubs meet in members’ homes for good food and nourishing discussion reminiscent of small classroom seminars or study groups in the lounge.

The Boston Alumnae Book Club has been in existence for over 10 years, and enjoys fabulous fellowship and tradition, with members from every Bates alumnae decade from the 1940’s through the 2000’s! The Portland (Maine) Bates Book Club is open to all alumni.

Check out this article for more information

Boston Alumnae Book Club: Schedule

September 26th – Linda Large​ ’68 (Milton)
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout ’77

October ​24th ​ – Judy Patkin ’57 – (Lexington)
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

December 5th​ – Nancy Payne ’55 – (Wellesley)
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

January 30th ​– Holly Zaitchik’67 – (Wayland​)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck

February 27th ​– Marcia O’Shea ’61 – (Holliston)
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

March 27th ​– Lisa Farrell Wilk ’82 – (Marlborough)
The Red Coat by Dolley Carson

April 24th​ – TBD
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

May 22nd​ – ​Thayer Olson ’67 – (Norfolk)
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Contact Lisa Romeo ’88 for directions or any questions.

Boston Alumnae Book Club: Past Books

Here are the books that the Boston Alumnae Book Club has discussed over the years!

*author attended

The Red Tent by Anita Dimant on March 27, 2001

While I was Gone by Sue Miller on April 24, 2001

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel on May 23, 2001

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri on September 25, 2001

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty on October 30, 2001

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston on December 4, 2001

The Hours by Mrs. Dalloway by Michael Cunningham & Virginia Wolfe on January 29, 2002

The Women by Clare Booth Luce on February 26, 2002

The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama on March 26, 2002

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan on April 30, 2002

Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert on May 21, 2002

After Rain by William Trevor on September 24, 2002

Never Change by Elizabeth Berg on October 29, 2002

Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehernreich on December 10, 2002

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner on January 28, 2003

Seed of Sarah by Judith Magyar Isaacson ’65 on February 25, 2003

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michale Chabon on March 25, 2003

Hannah’s Daughters by Betty Ross on April 29, 2003

Empire Falls by Richard Russo on May 20, 2003

The Outermost House by Henry Beston during Summer 2003

John Adams by David McCulloch on September 30, 2003

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks on October 28, 2003

*Creatures of Habit by Jill McCorkle on December 9, 2003*

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk on January 27, 2004

The Three Junes by Julia Glass on February 24, 2004

Bel Canto by Ann Pachett on March 30, 2004

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee on April 27, 2004

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl on May 25, 2004

Ship Fever by Andres Barrett during Summer 2004

No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin on September 28, 2004

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides on October 25, 2004

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith on December 7, 2004

Walden by Henry David Thoreau on January 25, 2005

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon on March 1, 2005

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azer Nafisi on March 29, 2005

Second Glance by Jodie Picoult on April 26, 2005

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini on May 24, 2005

A Year by the Sea by Joan Andersen during Summer 2005

*Mr. Emerson’s Wife by Amy Belding Brown ’68 on September 1, 2005*

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregoy on October 25, 2005

Star Thrower by Loren Eisley on December 13, 2005

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder on January 31, 2006

Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen on February 28, 2006

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger on March 28, 2006

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell on April 25, 2006

Steeplechase by Jane Langton on May 23, 2006

The Big House by George Howe Colt during Summer 2006

Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood on September 26, 2006

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl on October 24, 2006

Runaway by Alice Munro on December 12, 2006

City of Light by Lauren Belfer on January 30, 2007

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See on February 27, 2007

*Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum on March 29, 2007*

Saturday by Ian McEwan on April 24, 2007

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards on May 22, 2007

On Beauty by Zadie Smith during Summer 2007

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen on September 25, 2007

Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carolo Levi on October 30, 2007

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion on December 4, 2007

Leeway Cottage by Beth Gutcheon on January 29, 2008

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick on February 26, 2008

Lay of the Land by Richard Ford on March 25, 2008

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen & David Oliver Relin on April 29, 2008

Everyman by Philip Roth on May 20, 2008

The Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan on September 23, 2008

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky on October 28, 2008

*Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout ’77 on December 9, 2008*

The Journals of Lewis & Clark on January 27, 2009

The History of Love by Allison Krauss on February 24, 2008

The Great Man by Kate Christensen on March 31, 2009

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver on April 27, 2009

*Dirty Water by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith on May 19, 2009*

Fine Just the Way it Is by Annie Proulx during Summer 2009

The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing on September 29, 2009

Walking Zero by Chet Raymo on October 27, 2009

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane on December 8, 2009

The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles on January 26, 2010

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa on February 23, 2010

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery on March 30, 2010

Botany of Desire: Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan on April 27, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows on May 25, 2010

The Help by Kathryn Stockett during Summer 2010

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese on September 28, 2010

Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo on October 26, 2010

Poetry Meeting on December 7, 2010

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson on January 25, 2011

Cleopatra, a Life by Stacy Schiff on February 22, 2011

Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafron on March 29, 2011

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates on April 26, 2011

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann on May 24, 2011

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman during Summer 2011

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton on September 26, 2011

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand on October 27, 2011

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot on December 6, 2011

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht on January 31, 2012

Object of Beauty by Steve Martin on February 28, 2012

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks on March 27, 2012

Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson on April 24, 2012\

In the Garden of the Beast by Erik Larsen on May 22, 2012

Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown during Summer 2012

Rabbit Run by John Updike on September 27, 2012

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford on October 30, 2012

Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak on December 4, 2012

Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett on January 29, 2013

The Round House by Louise Erdich on February 26, 2013

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides on March 26, 2013

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbes on April 30, 2013

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on May 21, 2013

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles during Summer 2013

We Are the Stories We Tell edited by Wendy Martin on September 24, 2013

Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout ’77 on October 29, 2013

Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd on December 10, 2013

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan on January 28, 2014

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance by Madeleine Albright on February 25, 2014

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman on March 25, 2014

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini on April 29, 2014

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt on May 20, 2014

September 29 – Linda Large ’68 (Milton)
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle (NOT the Kate Atkinson one)

October 27 – Holly Zaitchik (Wayland)
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
December 1 – Nancy Payne (Wellesley) – light supper, 2 or 3 plates of little sandwiches, cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, cut up fruit, cookies or bars.)
Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey
January 26 – TBD
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Greater Portland Bates Book Club: Schedule

September 26 (Cape Elizabeth)
The Girl On The Bridge by James Hayman (with discussion led by the author)

October 24 (Topsham)
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky

November 28 (Portland)
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Contact Lee Bumsted for directions or any questions.