Women in Transition

A book discussion series exploring how women navigate transitions -- from motherhood to growing older to losing loved ones and more.

Whether it’s coming of age, marriage, motherhood, aging, death — transition is a part of every woman’s life.

How we navigate these transitions shapes the stories we tell ourselves and each other.

Join WHRL for a series of book discussions centered around the theme, Women in Transition. 

    • There are three facilitated discussions per book.
    • Discussion groups are small — no more than 10 people! — and every participant must be fully vaccinated (including a booster shot). All are encouraged to wear a mask during the discussions.
    • Free and open to all, although registration is required. Space is limited!
    • After registering, participants will receive their own copy of the book.

 2023 Book Series

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (January)
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (February)
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (March)
  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love by Kristen Kimball (April)
  • She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan (September)
  • Finding Me by Viola Davis (October)

    The Maine Humanities Council has provided partial funding for this book discussion series.

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    by Joan Didion

    March 6th, 13th, and 20th | 6:00 – 7:30pm

    From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion that explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage—and a life, in good times and bad—that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

    Facilitated by Pat Olsen.

    The Dirty Life: On Farming, Family & Love

    by Kristin Kimball.

    April 5th, 12th, & 19th | 6 – 7:30 pm

    When Kristin Kimball left New York City to interview a dynamic young farmer named Mark, her world changed. On an impulse, she shed her city self and started a new farm with him on 500 acres near Lake Champlain. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of the couple’s first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through their harvest-season wedding in the loft of the barn. 

    Facilitated by Alison Beedy. Registration coming in March.

    She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

    by Jennifer Finney Boylon

    September, Dates TBA

    The bestselling, seminal work of trans literature: a story of love, sex, selfhood, and understanding from Jennifer Finney Boylan. When she changed genders, she changed the world. It was the groundbreaking publication of She’s Not There in 2003 that jump-started the transgender revolution. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of love and family. 

    Facilitated by Pat Olsen. Registration coming in September.

    Finding Me

    .by Viola Davis.

    October, Dates TBA

    Finding Me is Viola Davis’ story, in her own words, and spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day. Hers is a story of overcoming, a true hero’s journey. Deeply personal, brutally honest, and riveting, Finding Me is a timeless and spellbinding memoir that will capture hearts and minds around the globe.

    Facilitated by Alison Beedy. Registration coming in October.

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