Reading Group



Karen Berk


The Westside/405 Reading Group was formed in 2015 under the leadership of Karen Berk and meets regularly at the home of Syrie James. We welcome new members!

Reading List Archive


February 14
Gods and Monsters by V.C. Christensen

April 17
Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple

June 12
A Damsel in Distress by P. G. Wodehouse

August 21
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

November 14
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor

December 18
Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell


The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton

Blindspot by Jane Kamensky

Brittania Mews by Margery Sharpe

My Lady Ludlow and Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin


North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (and 2004 mini-series screening)

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel


March 3
Defiance by Stephen Taylor

June 23
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

August 25
Cry of the Peacock by V. R. Christiansen

October 27
Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp

December 15
Of Moths and Butterflies by V.R. Christensen


February 18
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

May 20
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

July 15
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

September 23
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

December 9
The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy


March 6
Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne

June 11
The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

August 20
The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst by Frances Hodgson Burnett

October 8
A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett

December 10
Evelina by Fanny Burney


August 9
Re Jane by Patricia Park