Meristem Women’s Book Club

The Meristem Book Club is named after the feminist/LGBT bookstore some of you will remember on Cooper just down the street from the Center (1990-1998). Meristem cells are the point of new growth in plants — like stem cells in humans. The book club is named after the bookstore in honor of our past and with hope for our future.

The purpose of the book club is to read and explore written works by women and LGBT authors, and to foster a community of support with like-minded women. Membership is open to women (LBT and straight-identified) in the Memphis area who want to read and discuss books by women and LGBT authors.

Basic Ground Rules

  • Every woman is entitled to her own perspective and opinions.
  • Every woman’s contributions to the club are of value.
  • Every woman will respect the right of others to their opinions, even if she does not agree with them.
  • Every woman will be allowed time to talk or express her thoughts and opinions.
  • The club may decide on ways to ensure that all members have an opportunity to participate – i.e., rotation, talking stick, timekeeper, etc.
  • Each woman is responsible for reading (at least part of) the agreed-upon book and for contributing to the discussion of the book.
  • Each woman is responsible for contributing to positive group dynamics in the club.

Meristem Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.
For more information about the book club, email us

Book Schedule for 2019:


To Be Determined


To Be Determined



by Michelle Obama


Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution

by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo



by Barbara Kingsolver



by Tara Westover


White Houses

by Amy Bloom


That Kind of Mother

by Rumaan Alam


Eloquent Rage

by Brittney Cooper


To Be Determined


If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin


To Be Determined

Past Readings of Meristem Book Club Include:

Wild Nights with Emily

Circling the Sun

by Paula McClain

Make Trouble

by Cecile Richards

Small Great Things

by Jodi Picoult

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