DFW Book Club

Our Book Club is open to all Dining for Women members and the public … anyone who loves to read and cares about Dining for Women’s mission to achieve global gender equality. We feature fiction and nonfiction books related to:

  • Gender equality
  • International women’s issues
  • Global poverty
  • Countries where our grantees operate
  • Women’s history and accomplishments
  • Memoirs/biographies of strong women who changed the world

We use Goodreads to share, review, and discuss books. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Dining for Women’s volunteer Moderators post books regularly and generate online discussions.


How to Join

  • Go to Goodreads and create your free account.
  • Click on the “Community” tab, then “Groups” and search for Dining for Women.
  • Click “Join Group” button below our logo.
  • Click on the Book Shelf to view or add books.
  • Invite your chapter members or friends to join.
  • Attend quarterly Book Club events
  • Discuss what you have read with other Book Club members.




The DFW Big Read

Each quarter, we select one book that we will feature for DFW’s “Big Read”, and we encourage all our members to read this book at the same time! We highlight the book in our newsletters and on social media, and host a virtual book club gathering to discuss the book.



October 2020


Book:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Author: Katherine Boo

Summary:  Nonfiction.  Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter – Annawadi’s “most-everything girl” – will soon become its first female college graduate.

Virtual Discussion:  Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 8 pm ET.  Register here.


December 2020 – Special Holiday Big Read


Book:  Love, Norm: Dr. Norman D. Fintel on Equality & Courage in a World Calling for Change

Author:  Barbara Fintel Collins, Co-Founder of Dining for Women

Summary:  Memoir. This is the story of my father—a humble and courageous man who spent the final months of his life trying to save the world. It is also the story of how I discovered I was living his legacy. In 2003, I co-founded a global movement—Dining for Women—harnessing the collective action of people who share a vision of an equitable world for all. And it all began with Norm. At heart, Norm Fintel was a farmer and people were his crop. He dedicated his life to equality and the wellbeing of humankind. This book of his life lessons is for anyone searching for ways to spread the seeds of goodwill. Now, more than ever, we are in need of leaders who have moral integrity and embody selfless service, qualities that inspire, demonstrate, and teach the wisdom that transcends time, age, gender, and race. True leadership begins with a code of personal values and a commitment to living to serve another. Then another, and another…

Virtual Discussion:  December 5 at 12 pm ET.  Register here.


February 2021


BookMonique & the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali

Author: Kris Holloway

Summary: Nonfiction/Memoir. What is it like to live and work in a remote corner of the world and befriend a courageous midwife who breaks traditional roles? Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Mali Midwife is the inspiring story of Monique Dembele, an accidental midwife who became a legend, and Kris Holloway, the young Peace Corps volunteer who became her closest confidante.

Virtual Discussion: Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Register here.



April 2021 


Book:  In the Time of the Butterflies

Author:  Julia Alvarez

Summary: Historical fiction. Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story of the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.  From the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents comes this tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship. A skillful blend of fact and fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government. Alvarez breathes life into these historical figures–known as “las mariposas,” or “the butterflies,” in the underground–as she imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror as their dissentience is uncovered.

Virtual Discussion: Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  Register here.


Amazon Smile

If you purchase books on Amazon, be sure to select Dining for Women as your charitable organization with Amazon Smile. Dining for Women will receive .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.