Books can connect us with history in new and exciting ways. Each non-fiction book club series focuses on a subject related to the history of the Los Angeles region between 1830 and 1930. Museum staff will occasionally share items from the museum's collection that pertain to the subject of a book.
We ask that participants read the assigned book in time for each meeting.
Non-Fiction Book Club: Reading Right Now
Spring 2020: American Presidents
Friday, February 7
Friday, March 6
Friday, April 3-CANCELED.
- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Click HERE to join our book club mailing list and reserve your spot.
- February 7: Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics by Michael Wolraich
- March 6: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
- April 3: Warren G. Harding: The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921—1923 by John W. Dean
Upcoming Non-Fiction Book Club Themes
Curious what is coming next? Look ahead a season or two to see what we are reading in the future.
Summer 2020: Suffrage & Women's Rights
- July 10: Feminism and Suffrage The Emergence of an Independent Women’s Movement in America by Ellen Carol DuBois
- July 24: California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression edited by Robert W. Cherny, Mary Ann Irwin, and Ann Marie Wilson
- August 7: A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballet by Mary Walton.
Fall 2020: Los Angeles
- September 25: Married To A Daughter of The Land: Spanish-Mexican Women and Interethnic Marriage in California, 1820-80 by Maria Raquel Casas
- October 30: American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest by Mark Thompson
- December 4: A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L. A.’s Scandalous Coming of Age by Richard Rayner
Past Non-Fiction Book Club Themes
Did you miss a book club series? That's ok. These books stand the test of time and are great to read whenever you are looking for something new.
Fall 2019: California & the West
- October 4: California: A History by Kevin Starr
- November 1: The Fragmented Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1850-1930 by Robert M. Fogelson
- December 6: Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West: 1846-1847 by Winston Groom
Summer 2019: US History: Race, Gender, & Modernity
- June 7: Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 by Jackson Lears
- July 12: Passion and Principle: John and Jessie Fremont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics, and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America by Sally Denton
- August 9: Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima by Maurice M. Manring
Spring 2019: Women: Politics, Religion, Vocation
- February 1: Women of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War by Stephen B. Oates
- March 1: Seneca Falls and Origins of the Women's Rights Movement by Sally Gregory McMillen
- April 5: Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America by Matthew Avery Sutton
Fall 2018: Varied Views of Los Angeles
- October 5: Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California by Frances Dinkelspiel
- November 2: Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past by William Deverell
- December 7: The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise by David K. Randall
Summer 2018: California's Nineteenth-Century Economy: The Big Picture
- June 1: The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream by H. W. Brands
- July 13: The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California by Richard Rayner
- August 3: River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit