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.

    Upcoming Book Discussions

    Finding Me

    by Viola Davis

    Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 18th, & 25th from 6 – 7:30 pm


    Thursday, Oct. 12th, 19th, & 26th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

    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.

    We are excited to offer two different times for this book! Join Alison for a mid-afternoon book group session or an evening session.

    Facilitated by Alison Beedy. Registration coming in September.

    Special Book Group: The Confidence Code

    Join Women for Healthy Rural Living and CEI Women’s Business Center (WBC) for a special 3-part book group to discuss The Confidence Code. The first session is November 29, 2023.

    Click here for more information.

    2023 Book Discussion Group – Registration


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