Sisters With Books – Los Angeles California
We are Sisters With Books. We are located in Los Angeles California. Our group began in 1995. A group of black women mainly educators decided they wanted to discuss books after they’ve read them. On roll, we have 25, we average 15 to 20 every month. Sisters With Books consist of black women, ages 40’s 50’s 60’s and 70’s. We’re high energy, love to debate and generous. The purpose of our reading club is sisterhood, and to read books written by black women. We have made exceptions: Leonard Pitts, Amy Tan, Daniel Black, and Guy Johnson.
BPM: Have you faced any challenges as a group? If so, what and how did you deal with them?
One of our original book club members, lost her only child in a horrific car accident. It was in the month of June, she had just retired from teaching, her anniversary week-end and Father’s Day. We rallied around her. There are some books, that are just to difficult for our sister friend to handle. She has started attending book club again. This happened 3 years ago. We had a special meeting just to talk, it was therapeutic. This is an example of how our book club has served many purposes.
BPM: Do you post book reviews? How do you handle bad reviews or books that flopped?
Individuals have posted reviews. We give suggestions and identify what we didn’t agree with. In 2011, Sisters With Books participated in DIGG INTO BOOKS web show, created by 4 Hearts Productions. It can be found on YouTube.
BPM: What type of books have generated the most interesting discussions?
The historical fiction “Wench” was the book we discussed on YouTube slavery vs enslaved. “Gathering of Waters” by Bernice McFadden, spirits, and so many of the women experienced spirits. “Before I Forget” by Leonard Pitts Jr., a Black man realizing he wasn’t a good father.
BPM: What legacy will your club or blog leave for those watching in the community?
Sisters With Books’ legacy will be black women coming together through adversity as well as celebrating each other.