Online Group: WE Book Club

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Online Host: Lisa Welch

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

The Midnight Library  by Matt Haig 

Summary: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? 

In The Midnight Library, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Nora’s story is as challenging as it is life-affirming, and in the process of seeing all of the ways it could have gone, she has come to value the life she lived for herself all the more. But her journey raises big questions about what we value in ourselves, in our relationships, and in all our successes and failures, big and small. As the story winds through Nora’s alternate lives, we are naturally drawn to ask the same questions about our own lives that she is exploring in hers.

Things to Consider: This book contains elements of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, and suicide attempt with no graphic details. There is mention of alcoholism and drug abuse.

 

Schedule

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

  • November 14, 2022 -- The Midnight Library  by Matt Haig
  • December 12, 2022 -- Code Name Hélène  by Ariel Lawhon
  • January 9, 2023
  • February 13, 2023
  • March 13, 2023
  • April 10, 2023
  • May 8, 2023
  • June 12, 2023
  • July 10, 2023
  • August 14, 2023
  • September 11, 2023
  • October 9, 2023
  • November 13, 2023
  • December 11, 2023

 

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.