Newcomb Alumnae Book Clubs

Newcomb regional book clubs take place every fall and spring semester. The aim is to bring alumnae together for an evening of conversation in each city. 

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Spring 2024 Selection

Our Spring 2024 Selection is Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury by Drew Gilpin Faust.

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A memoir of coming of age in a conservative Southern family in postwar America. 


Growing up in the 1950s meant entering a world of polarized national alliances, nuclear threats, and destabilized social hierarchies. Two world wars and the depression that connected them unleashed a torrent of expectations and dissatisfactions—not only in global affairs but also in American society and Americans’ lives. 


A privileged white girl in conservative, segregated Virginia was expected to adopt a willful blindness to the inequities of race and the constraints of gender. For Drew Gilpin, the acceptance of both female subordination and racial hierarchy proved intolerable and galvanizing. Urged to become “well adjusted” and to fill the role of a poised young lady that her upbringing imposed, she found resistance was necessary for her survival. During the 1960s, through her love of learning and her active engagement in the civil rights, student, and antiwar movements, Drew forged a path of her own—one that would eventually lead her to become a historian of the very conflicts that were instrumental in shaping the world she grew up in. 


Culminating in the upheavals of 1968, Necessary Trouble captures a time of rapid change and fierce reaction in one young woman’s life, tracing the transformations and aftershocks that we continue to grapple with today. 

Spring 2024 Events

Click here to register for an event online. Please note that event registration will close two business days before the event and may close sooner if capacity is reached. 

  • Houston, TX | Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 7:00 PM | Hosted by Andrea Lapsley NC '72  
  • Dallas, TX | Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 7:00 PM | Hosted by Laurie Berger NC '88 & Dana Gerard NC '85  
  • South Florida | Saturday, May 18, 2024, 12:00 PM | Hosted by Tara Auclair NC '96 
  • DC Area | Thursday, April 18, 2024, 7:00 PM | Hosted by Holly Clement NC '79, L*82 
  • New York City | Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 7:00 PM | Hosted by Rachelle Parker NC '69  
  • New Orleans | Monday, May 6, 2024, 6:00 PM | Hosted by Kim Frusciante NC '05  

If you have any changes to your registration or questions about an upcoming event, feel free to email