Book Club suggestions — attend the Apr 17th Zoom mtg to help select titles!

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      Below are the Book Club titles that have been suggested by chapter members – to be voted on at the April 17th Book Club meeting!  We will select three fiction and three nonfiction titles for the every other month book club discussion meetings for May 2024 through April 2025!  Hyperlinks to the titles in the King County Library System and Seattle Public Library catalogs will be updated here over the next few days but everyone is welcome to go ahead and do your own searching, including on Amazon!  And, the Zoom link to the April 17th Book Club meeting will be added here in a few days and will also be in an email sent to all chapter members!  For more info or questions, please contact Marion ( or Cynthia (


      The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard by Natasha Lester.   2023.  454 pgs.  fashion designers, missing persons.  
      The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson.   2019.  427 pgs. 12 hrs. embroidery, historical fiction. 
      The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz. 2020.  337 pgs.  weddings, dressmakers, family secrets.
      Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner. 2015.   clothing trade, sisters, Paris.
      Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico.  2022.  306 pgs.  travel, clothing and dress, employees. 
      Hanging by a Thread by Dorothy Howell.  2023.  247 pgs.  sewing, bakeries, California, cozy mystery fiction. 
      The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs.  2019.  372 pgs.  sewing, self-help, small cities, Washington state.
      The Wishing Quilt by Jodi Thomas and Lori Wilde. 2022.  322 pgs.  quilting, romance fiction. 
      The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby.  2015.  303 pgs.  women dressmakers, immigrants, history.
      The Seamstress of Sardinia by Bianca Pitzorno.  2022.  287 pgs. women dressmakers, Italy-19th century. 
      Spindle City by Jotham Burrello.  2020.  288 pgs.  textile industry, Fall River MA,  historical fiction.
      The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman.  2022.  370 pgs.  Underground Railroad, embroidery, Civil War, slavery, Jewish women. 
      The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan. 2022.  411 pgs.  fashion designers, WW2, wedding dresses.

      Nonfiction, including Biographies and Memoirs

      The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, From Do the Right Thing to Black Panther by Ruth E. Carter.  2023.  152 pgs.  African American women costume designers, autobiography.
      Chanel: the Making of a Collection by Laetitia Cenac.  2019.  239 pgs.  fashion design, Chanel.
      The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat by Meg Lukens Noonan.  2013.  244 pgs.   coats, luxury, custom-made clothing.
      Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History by Richard T. Ford.  2021. 443 pgs.  clothing, dress, fashion – history, law.
      Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present by Alison Matthews David.  2015.  225 pgs.  clothing and dress, product safety.
      The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed the World by Kassia St. Clair.  2018.  351 pgs.  textile fabrics, history.
      The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive by Amy De La Haye.  2014.  175 pgs.  fashion designers, France, history. Not too many library copies. 
      This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection by Jen Hewitt.  2021.  366 pgs.  minority women, textile crafts, social aspects.
      Modern Fabric: Twenty-five Designers on Their Inspiration and Craft by Abby Gilchrist.  2021.  256 pgs.  textile designers, textile fabrics.  Not too many library copies.
      Quilt of Souls: A Memoir by Phyliss Biffle Elmore.  2022.  291 pgs.  African American women, quilter, biography.
      Threads of Life:  A History of the World Through the Eye of the Needle by Clare Hunter.  2019.  306 pgs.  sewing, social and political aspects.
      Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment by Maxine Bedat.  2021.  312 pgs.  clothing trade, labor, business.
      Worn: A People’s History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser.  2022.  375 pgs.  clothing and dress, history, social aspects.

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      Here is the Zoom meeting link for the 4/17 Book Club meeting

      Topic: Book Club Greater Seattle ASG

      Join Zoom Meeting 

      Meeting ID: 828 6620 9978
      Passcode: 527969



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      Lorra Biddle

      Thanks to both Cynthia and Marion for making the book club a reality!

      I’d like to suggest one more fiction title – A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen.

      I’ve not yet read it but, it is a work of historical fiction that sounds intriguing!

    • #4396

      Lorra, hi.  We’re glad you are excited about the book club!  I will add that title to fiction list.  Thanks!

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