The Interfaith Women’s Book Group was formed in 2009 when a group of women from the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs reached out to women from the Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview with the expressed hope of fostering understanding of our Christian and Muslim neighbors.  Presently, the Group joins hands with the women of the Mosque Foundation, the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, as well as women from several other local congregations to read, share and laugh together as they build bridges to friendship and understanding. The group meets monthly, September through May, Wednesday afternoons for fellowship, book, and film discussion. They typically meet alternately between the Mosque Foundation and the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs. 

For more information, please contact MaryJo. Also, please check the church calendar for meeting information.

Here’s the list for the 2024/25 Season:

September 18, 2024 at PCWS

Title: How to Know a Person: The Act of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen    Author: David Brooks
Facilitator: Nancy Glickman and Nancy Polacek

October 16, 2024 at Mosque

Title: Palestine (Graphic)    Author: Joe Sacco
Title: Ten Myths about Israel     Author: Ilan Pappe
Facilitator: Carol Akhras

November 20, 2024 at PCWS

Title: The Whistling Season    Author: Ivan Doig
Facilitator: Jerry Allers

January 15, 2025 at Mosque

Title: Last Summer on State Street    Author: Toya Wolf
Facilitator: Liz Thomas

February 19, 2025 at PCWS

Title: Horse    Author: Geraldine Brooks
Facilitator: Mary Torgler

April 16, 2025 at Mosque

Title: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants    Author: Robin Wall (also available in Young Adult version)
Facilitator: Elizabeth Tompkin

May 21, 2025 at PCWS

Title: Mornings in Jenin    Author: Susan Abulhawa
Facilitator: June Abdul Razik

June 18, 2025 at Mosque    

Title: The Women    Author: Kristin Hannan
Facilitator: Nancy Glickman

Also suggested:
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
The Bird Hotel by Joyce Maynard
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
Women Whp Risk by Tom Doyle
God’s Hostage by Andrew Brinson          

Here’s the list for the 2022/23 Season:

September 22, 2022    

Title: On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist     Author: Clarissa Ward 

October 19, 2022

Title: Fahrenheit 451    Author: Ray Bradbury 

November 16, 2022

Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind     Author: William Kamkwamba

January 18, 2023

Title: Winter Garden     Author: Kristen Hannah 

February 15, 2023 

Title: The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers     Author: Harry Bernstein 

March 15, 2023

Title: The Lincoln Highway      Author: Amor Towles

April 19, 2023

Title:  Hidden Life of Trees       Author: Peter Wohlloben 

May 17, 2023    

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Here’s the list for the 2021/22 Season:

September 15, 2021   

Title: Sunflower Sisters     Author: Martha Hall

October 20, 2021

Title: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent     Author: Isabel Wilkerson

November 17, 2021

Title: American Dirt      Author: Jeanine Cummins

January 19, 2022

Title: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion      Author: Fannie Flagg

February 16, 2022 

Title: I Am Nojood, Age 10 and Divorced     Author: Najood Ali

March 16, 2022

Title: The Beekeeper of Aleppo      Author: Christy Lefteri

April 20, 2022

Title:  Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom        Author: Ariel Burger

May 18, 2022    


Also Recommended  

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I Have Loved by Kate Bowler

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules  by Catherine Ingelman Sundberg

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior         

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle   by Angela Davis 


Here’s the list for the 2020/21 Season:

Title: The Night Watchman     Author: Louise Erdrich                                                                     

Title: Being Mortal     Author: Atul Gawande

  Words of Wisdom from Children’s Books  

Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek    Author: Kim Michele Richardson                                         

Title: Born a Crime     Author: Trevor Noah                                                                                                                                                                                             

Title: The Secrets Between Us   Author: Thrity Umrigar                                                                                                                                      

Title: Tattoos on the Heart     Author: Gregory Boyle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Also Recommended

The Black Penguin by Andrew Evans     

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

American Dirt by Jeannie Cumins

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

I Am Najood, Age 10 and Divorced by Najood Ali