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Newcomb regional book clubs take place every fall and spring semester. The aim is to bring alumnae together in each city for an evening of conversation. Contact with any questions and join our Facebook group to follow along in virtual discussions.

The fall 2019 book is The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

Overview: It’s 2003 and Romy Hall, named after a German actress, is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: her young son, Jackson, and the San Francisco of her youth. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, portrayed with great humor and precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room is “wholly authentic...profound...luminous” (The Wall Street Journal), “one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart” (The New York Times Book Review, cover review)—a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined and “affirms Rachel Kushner as one of our best novelists” (Entertainment Weekly).

Fall 2018 Book Clubs

Volunteers from across the country are hosting discussion groups nationwide; find one near you and join in the fun! For more information on the Newcomb Alumnae Book Club, contact Alyssa Liehr at

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 28th | 2:00 p.m.
Hosted by in the home of Tina Hinckley (NC '65)
Book discussion led by Katie Wilczak (NC ’07)
1112 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Located on Russian Hill between Larkin and Hyde. Transportation: Take Hyde Street Cable Car, #45 Union Bus, Van Ness Bus, or Uber/Lyft. Parking is relatively easy within a few blocks radius. If there are cars lined up going east on Lombard they are waiting to drive down the crooked street - do not wait in line. Go around and approach via Hyde. 

Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 5th | 10:00 a.m.
Hosted by Pris Mims (NC '74) and Marti Levy (NC '77)
225 N. Columbus Drive, Unit 6508
To RSVP and receive driving directions, discounted parking information, and public transportation options, please respond to Pris at by October 2nd.

For more information, contact
Geneva Longlois-Marney