Homestead Book Clubs

Facilitated book clubs make use of the Homestead's rich and diverse collection. Each series focuses on a subject that relates to the Homestead's areas of interpretation, often focusing on the Los Angeles region between 1830 and 1930. Museum staff curate mini-exhibits for each session sharing items that pertain to the subject of each book. Participants exchange ideas and share opinions and critiques of various fiction and non-fiction works.

We ask that participants read the assigned book in time for each meeting.

Directly below is a list of books in our 2018 Nonfiction Book Club. Scroll further down this page for a list of books for our new Fiction Book Club in 2018. More details to be announced in early 2018!

 

Nonfiction Book Club

 

Nineteenth-Century America in Broad Brush Series 

Friday, February 2
Friday, March 2
Friday, April 6

• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended starting December 22.

February 2: Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple

March 2: A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner

April 6: The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s by H. W. Brands

 

California's Nineteenth-Century Economy: The Big Picture

Friday, June 8
Friday, July 13
Friday, August 10

• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended starting April 27.

June 1: The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream by H. W. Brands

July 6: 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

 

Varied Views of Los Angeles, 1850-1930

Friday, October 5

Friday, November 2

Friday, December 7

• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended starting August 24.

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

 

 


Fiction Book Club 

 

Hollywood in the Era of Silent Films 

Wednesday, February 21

Wednesday, March 21

Wednesday, April 18

• 7 to 9 p.m.
• Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended starting January 10. CLICK HERE or email info@homesteadmuseum.org to sign up or for more information.

February 21: The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr

March 21: I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl

April 18: Silent Murders: A Mystery by Mary Miley

 

A Fantastical Look at California

Wednesday, June 20

Wednesday, July 18

Wednesday, August 15

• 7 to 9 p.m.
• Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended starting May 4.

June 20: Kindred by Octavia Butler

July 18: The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

August 15: The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour

 

WWI in Different Mediums

Wednesday, October 17

Wednesday, November 14

Wednesday, December 19

• 7 to 9 p.m.
• Free; space is limited and advance registration is recommended starting August 31.

October 17: Journey's End by R.C. Sherriff

November 14: TBA

December 19: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remareque