Book Discussion SPECIAL EVENT - "Persuasion": Austen's Most Passionate Novel


Please join our special book club meeting.  Marcia McClintock Folsom ’62 will make a presentation on "Persuasion" by Jane Austen, followed by discussion of the novel, on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 3 pm.  Wine and cheese reception to follow.  Location:  2150 Gulf Shore Blvd North, Naples 34102 (Party Room).  Guests of Wellesley Club members are welcome.

An optional dinner will be available at 6 pm Bayside in Venetian Village for those who wish to join Marcia for dinner.

RSVP: Betsy Cole or (239) 331-7446 by Friday, January 31 and let Betsy know if you will be at Book Club and/or Bayside dinner.

Marcia McClintock Folsom is retired Professor of Literature and Chair of Humanities and Writing at Wheelock College in Boston.  She is the editor of Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Approaches to Teaching Austen’s EmmaShe is also the co-editor of Approaches to Teaching Austen's Mansfield Park.  Her writing on Austen has been published in Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line, and she has spoken at national and regional JASNA meetings.


Board members:  please join us at 1:00 pm - Same date, same place.  Board meetings are open to all.  If you arrive early for the book discussion, please feel free to come on in!


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Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Bellevue:  Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Elephant Company by Vicki Croke

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kuschner

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Americanah by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie

Euphoria by Lily King

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Voice of the River by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

An Unseemly Wife by E. B. Moore

Troublesome Young Men by Lynn Olson

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (Wellesley '94)

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtle

Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewdki

Killing Mr. Watson by Peter Matthiesen

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Run by Ann Patchett

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The Killer Angels:  A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara