Mary's Dallas/Fort Worth Alumnae Book Club Reading List
Below is a list of
all the books that have been read since 2001.
Now, if you need a book to read you can refer to this handy list!
Snow Falling on Cedars
Big Stone Gap
Custom of the Country
Empire Falls '
Catcher in the Rye
McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The Da Vinci Code
Called Magdalene Margaret George
Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Middlesex: A Novel
One Thousand White Women....
Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Jill Ker Conway
Weight of Water Anita Shreve
Teacher Man: A Memoir
Memory Keeper's Daughter
We Came to the End Joshua Ferris
The Glass Castle
On Chesil Beach
Water for Elephants
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
A Thousand Slendid Suns
Girls in Trucks
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Hunger Games
William Paul Young
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress:
A Memoir of Going Home
The Middle Place
The History of Love
Same Kind of Different as Me
The Night Circus
Circling My Mother
She's Come Undone
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Salt Sugar Fat
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
If you are new to the Dallas/Fort Worth area or would like to join our club, email one of our officers at their email to the left. We have over 250 alumnae living in the DFW metroplex. We hope to see you at a future club event!
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Book Club (Nov. 17)
Our next book club will discuss "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity" by Emily Mayar.
Christmas Mass and Dinner (Dec. 8)
Our annual Christmas mass will be celebrate this year at Holy Family of Nazareth in Irving, followed by dinner at the home of Alyson Miller Rau '85. Invitations will be mailed with further details.
St. Vincent de Paul (Oct. 26)
Saint Mary's alumnae volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. We sorted and hung clothes, as well as helped change out the seasonal decorations.
Student Send-Off (Aug. 11)
Book Club (Sept. 22)
We read "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel" by Robin Sloan. "An old school mystery set firmly in tech-loving, modern day San Francisco."
We sent 14 local students off to campus for the 2013/2014 school year. Our annual send-off was hosted by Katie Nicknish Meadows '95.
Our book club was hosted by Andrea Schweitzer '00. We read "Salt Sugar Fat" by Michael Moss. It was published in February and quickly rose to a #1 Best Seller. The book covered questions like...Why are Americans addicted to processed foods? What changes have occurred in the food industry to feed our addictions? it was an interesting discussion.
24-Hour Donor Challenge
We also beat the Houston alumnae club in our Texas challenge. :)
St. Vincent de Paul Volunteering(April 27)
Members of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary's Alumnae Club helped sort donations for a couple of hours on Saturday morning.
Wine with Friends (April 18)
We had some fun chatting and sipping wine on a Thursday at Times Ten Cellars.
St. Vincent de Paul Volunteering(Feb. 23)
Book Club (March 24)
We read the Young Adult novel "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio with a discussion hosted by Mary Holland '05.
Alumnae volunteered their time.
Book Club (Jan. 27)
We met at Linda Kawecki’s home to discuss this year’s One Book, One Saint Mary’s pick “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot.
Christmas Mass & Dinner (Dec. 8)
Jan Clements Miller ‘80 hosted our Christmas party. We enjoyed mass at Prince of Peace, then a delicious dinner at our host's home.
St. Vincent de Paul Volunteering (Oct. 27)
A couple hours out of your Saturday morning to help those less fortunate. Saint Mary's alumnae helped out the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Book Club (Sept. 23)
The Saint Mary's book club read Mindy Kaling's book, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" and met at the home of Amanda Strauss '98. You may be familiar with Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor from "The Office."
Volunteer Opportunity (Aug. 25)
In August, we partnered with the Notre Dame Club and had a great time setting up Halloween merchandise and learning about some exciting new ventures at the thrift store.
Student Send-Off (Aug. 5)
The Dallas/Fort Worth area has six new and three returning students attending Saint Mary’s College this year. We sent them off with some of our best advice at our annual send-off hosted by Jennifer Kacarab Holloran ’92.
Book Club (July 22)
We read a classic, "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, and discussed it over wine. Book Club was hosted by Emilie DesJardins Moreland '05.
Several alumnae helped the St. Vincent de Paul Society sort, hang, and display clothes in their main store on Northwest Hwy. on Saturday, June 23.
On May 20, Katherine Sparks '06 hosted our club to discuss the Adriana Trigiani book, Very Valentine.
March 25, book club was held at the home of Mary Holland '05 where we discussed She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
Linda Kawecki '79 hosted our One Book, One Saint Mary's meeting for Circling My Mother by Mary Gordon.
Discussing the "One Book, One Saint Mary's" selection, Circling My Mother, by Mary Gordon
Rangers World Series Game Watch
We watched the Rangers in the World Series at Sherlock's Pub in Dallas in October.
On November 6 we met to talk about, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern.
September 25, we met at Si Tapas and Spanish Cuisine in Uptown for a discussion about Tina Fey's new book, Bossypants.
Katy Trail 5k
We ran this fun 5k walk/run to benefit "Friends of the Katy Trail" on Thursday, May 12 and enjoyed the after-party as well.
We read Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and meet at Emilie DesJardins Moreland's '05 house to discuss it on May 22.
St. Vincent DePaul Society Volunteering
On April 9 club members helped the St. Vincent de Paul Society for a few hours when they were in need of volunteers for their thrift store.
Sunday, April 17 we met at the home of Ellen McQuillan Drake '92 for book club. We read The Brink by local author Mark Fadden, and Mark attended our gathering!
Saint Mary's College Student Event
In March, alumnae and admission counselors held an event for local high school students interested in attending Saint Mary’s College.
For our last couple of book club meetings, held in November and January, we read The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan and the "One Book, One Saint Mary's" selection, The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss.
Members of our Book Club met to discuss the "One Book, One Saint Mary's" selection, The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss.
As is tradion for our club, last year's Christmas party was December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We celebrated Mass, followed by a Saint Mary's Christmas dinner at the home of Ophelia Flegle Camina '78.
We had 1 new first year student and 13 returning students this year. We held a send-off with some of them at Ellen McQuillan Drake's home in August and got to reminisce about all the memories that haven't changed as well as hear about all the new additions to campus.