Hello Book Clubs!

Yale Needs Women is “lively and engaging” (New York Times), “stunning” (Library Journal), “thrilling” (Booklist), “riveting ” (U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen), and “beautifully written” (Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.). “You must read this book,” says bestselling author Nathalia Holt.

And BookBrowse named Yale Needs Women a 2021 Best Book for Book Clubs!

Thank you so much for choosing Yale Needs Women for your book club!

Scroll down for Book Club resources.

Introductory Video

I’m excited about this video!

It gives Yale Needs Women readers a way to hear directly from the first women of Yale College—the women who actually lived this history. And they are a powerful bunch.

My friend Gene put the video together using clips from my 2020 and 2021 Zoom book talks. It’s ten minutes in all—a great way to start your book club meeting.

Reading Group Guide

Want some ideas to get the conversation started?

You can download the Yale Needs Women Reading Group Guide here. I’ve loved hearing the stories and insights that have come from Yale Needs Women readers. These questions are the ones that sparked those discussions.

Let me know which questions your book club liked best—or questions that I missed that I should include in the next version! I’d love to hear from you.


How about a playlist for your next book club meeting?

The Yale Needs Women playlist includes 22 songs released between 1969 and 1972, plus a short prelude from 1967 (can’t forget Aretha Franklin’s Respect!). Use it to set the mood when everyone is gathering, or even for dancing when the discussion is done!

Find the playlist on Spotify and learn some fun facts about each of the songs by downloading the liner notes (page 1 shown at left).

More Book Club Goodies

Zoom with the author: I’d love to say hi to your book club, hear your thoughts about Yale Needs Women, and answer any questions you have. Let’s see if our schedules align. Use the form below to tell me about your book group and when you meet. I’ll get back to you!

Signed Bookplates: If you’d like signed bookplates for your book club members, I’m happy to oblige. Again, just let me know on the form below.

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