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
PLEASE NOTE: The non-fiction summer series has been postposed due to museum closures. All dates have been moved to the fall. Please join us then. Our fiction club will continue to meet virtually during this time.
Fall 2020: Suffrage & Women's Rights
Friday, September 25
Friday, October 30
Friday, December 4
- 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.
- September 25: Feminism and Suffrage The Emergence of an Independent Women’s Movement in America by Ellen Carol DuBois
- October 30: California Women and Politics: From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression edited by Robert W. Cherny, Mary Ann Irwin, and Ann Marie Wilson
- December 4: A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballet by Mary Walton.
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.
Spring 2021: Los Angeles
- February 5: Married To A Daughter of The Land: Spanish-Mexican Women and Interethnic Marriage in California, 1820-80 by Maria Raquel Casas
- March 5: American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest by Mark Thompson
- April 2: 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.
Spring 2020: American Presidents
- 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 Presidentby Candice Millard
- April 3: Warren G. Harding: The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921—1923 by John W. Dean
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