Babes + Books:

Babes + Books is the the official Book Club of Babes Who Hustle. Led by writer and journalist Hurley Winkler and in partnership with Social Grounds Coffee Company, the quarterly book club includes female-written and female-focused pieces of various genres, taking place in cozy coffee shops + venues in various cities around the world. Added bonus? New friendships and networking opportunities.

  • Find out if your city has an active chapter and ambassador here
  • Sign up as a book club member here
  • Learn more about our book club sponsor here

Ambassadors:

Our ambassadors are responsible for coordinating club venue locations (this could be a coffee shop, brewery, public library—wherever!), communicating with all members in their area, and leading each of the four discussions (with questions we provide as a guideline.) We are seeking responsible, organized leaders with a voracious love of reading and a heart for their local community.

Interested in being a book club ambassador in your city?
Email Hurley and tell us where you live and why you fit the bill!

 

2018 Reading List:

 
 

HUNGER | ROXANNE GAY
Memoir/Autobiography

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

TRIGGER WARNING: Contains stories of rape and sexual assault.

Meeting date: January 29, 2018

 
 
 

THE BURNING GIRL | CLAIRE MESSUD
Novel

Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.

The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality―crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.

Meeting date: April 30, 2018

 
 
 

TEXT ME WHEN YOU GET HOME: THE EVOLUTION AND TRIUMPH OF FEMALE FRIENDSHIP | KAYLEEN SCHAEFER
Nonfiction

Text Me When You Get Home is a personal and sociological examination--and ultimately a celebration--of the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society. "Text me when you get home." After joyful nights out together, female friends say this to one another as a way of cementing their love. It's about safety; but more than that, it's about solidarity. 

Journalist Kayleen Schaefer relays her journey of modern female friendship: from being a competitive teenager to trying to be one of the guys in the workplace to ultimately awakening to the power of female friendship and the soulmates, girl squads, and chosen families that come with it. 

The end result is a validation of female friendship that's never existed before.

Meeting date: July 30, 2018

 
 
 

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES | CARMEN MARIA MACHADO
Short story collection

Her Body and Other Parties blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

Meeting date: October 29, 2018

 

About our book club sponsor:

 

With a love for people and great coffee, Social Grounds Coffee Company is a Veteran-owned and operated roastery located in the Historic Springfield district of Jacksonville, FL. Portions from each SGCC purchase help support the City of Jacksonville Service Providers to employ and empower homeless Veterans and help the less fortunate right here in our local community.

Thanks so much to Jason and the team at Social Grounds for being our book club hosts here in JAX and providing a safe, supportive and (and always caffeinated) space for us to conduct our quarterly chapter meetings. Follow them on Instagram @socialgroundscoffee.

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