Grow & Lead Members Book Club

Member’s Only Book Club
Next discussion – December 10, 2021
10 a.m. on Zoom

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This group just for Grow & Lead members will meet quarterly on Zoom to allow for participation from all areas of the U.P. The book selections will be voted on each quarter by those in the group.

In December 2021, we’ll be discussing The Women of the Copper Country as part of the Great Michigan Read program, sponsored by Michigan Humanities. As a Great Michigan Read partner, Grow & Lead will have a limited number of physical books and e-books available for members to read.

About the book:

In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements has seen enough of the world to know that it’s unfair. She’s spent her whole life in the mining town of Calumet, Michigan, where men risk their lives for meager salaries—and have barely enough to put food on the table for their families. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren’t coming home. So, when Annie decides to stand up for the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle.

Yet as Annie struggles to improve the future of her town, her husband becomes increasingly frustrated with her growing independence. She faces the threat of prison while also discovering a forbidden love. On her fierce quest for justice, Annie will see just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the families of Calumet.

About the Author:

Widely praised for meticulous research, fine prose, and the compelling narrative drive of her stories, Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of seven bestselling novels, including the science fiction classics The Sparrow and Children of God; the World War II thriller, A Thread of Grace; and a political romance set in 1921 Cairo called Dreamers of the Day. With her novels Doc and Epitaph, Russell has redefined two towering figures of the American West: the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon Doc Holliday.

She holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Interested in join the Book Club? Fill out the Book Club Interest Form and suggest a book!

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