Online Group: WE Book Club

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Online Host: Emily Munoz

This group meets the 2nd Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern per the schedule listed below.

This event is open to all adult female military survivors.

Register only once via Zoom and you'll receive all of the information about each month's meeting and book.

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One of the things that’s most compelling about our Women’s Empowerment online community is the way we practice listening with an open mind, observing with interest, engaging with new perspectives, and bearing witness to each other’s experiences. We know that it is powerful to recognize ourselves in each others’ narratives, to explore the paths we’ve walked and ways we’ve felt, and to always learn something in the telling and re-telling. And what better way to continue expanding the pool of stories with our Women’s Empowerment Online Book Club.

We know that, especially during hard or challenging times, there is value in being entertained, of dropping into another person’s story or another person’s world. We also know that research shows that the critical thinking that goes along with reading helps keep the mind sharp (and the heart open). So, wherever you are in your life or your grief, you’re welcome to join us as we come together to discuss characters, recount plot twists, share opinions, and build community.

Registered readers can suggest books, and we'll engage the community as we pick them.


This Month's Book

Code Name Hélène  by Ariel Lawhon

Summary: This is a historical fiction novel based on the life of Australian-born World War II heroine Nancy Grace Augusta Wake. Nancy, who was given multiple code names in her roles in the French Resistance and later in the Special Operations Executive during World War II, started out as a nurse and journalist and became a staggeringly effective operative and leader in the French resistance.

This meticulously researched story is told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war. Code Name Hélène is a captivating and moving story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice and unfaltering resolve that chronicles the true exploits of a woman whose courage helped change the course of history.

We first find Nancy Wake in 1936, an intrepid Australian expat living in Paris who has bluffed her way into a reporting job for a Hearst newspaper. It is here she meets the wealthy French industrialist Henri Fiocca. But more than Nancy's fierce independence is at stake - following the first reimagination of herself as Mrs. Fiocca, the Germans invade France, and she takes yet another name: a code name.

As Lucienne Carlier, Nancy smuggles people and documents across the border. Her success and her remarkable ability to evade capture earns her the nickname "The White Mouse" from the Gestapo. With a five million franc bounty on her head, Nancy is forced to escape France and leave Henri behind. When she enters training with the Special Operations Executives in Britain, her new comrades are instructed to call her Hélène, And finally, with mission in hand, Nancy is airdropped back into France as the deadly Madam Andre, where she claims her place as one of the most powerful leaders in the French Resistance, armed with a ferocious wit, her signature red lipstick, and the ability to summon weapons straight from the Allied Forces.

But no one can protect Nancy if the enemy finds out these four women are one and the same, and the closer to liberation France gets, the more exposed she--and the people she loves--become.

Things to Consider: This book is based in the midst of World War II. As such, it deals not only with the operational realities of the war in Europe, but the emotional ones as well.



This group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 8 p.m. Eastern.


What to Expect

Online groups are peer-led, facilitated sessions where there’s never pressure to share, but always an opportunity. Whether you attend once or regularly, you will always be welcomed. We value the importance of knowing that there are “places” we can show up and feel supported and inspired, and you can decide to connect with us every week or whenever it’s convenient or compelling.  

Please remember that, while we anticipate that these groups will become engaging, encouraging community gathering “places,” you never have to wait if you need to talk. We’re always here for you, 24 hours, 7 days a week, year-round, at 202-588-8277.


Community Guidelines

We ask that you log onto Zoom 5 minutes prior to each session as we will start our online group promptly at start time listed above. Please review our Community Guidelines to one another in advance of joining. Admission to each session will close to admission at 10 minutes after the start time.


How to Participate

  • All sessions require registration through the TAPS Zoom Account (look for the blue sign up button at the top of this page).
  • All sessions will take place via Zoom. Meeting access information will be sent to you after you sign up.
  • Reminder emails will be sent before each session. 

Make sure to visit TAPS Online Community to explore additional opportunities to connect with your TAPS Family from the comfort of your home.