How it works:

The Joy of History Book Club convenes once a month via Zoom. Each meeting is limited to 20 people to allow for an intimate, highly interactive, participatory experience. The 2022 series is currently scheduled:

  • Second Saturdays of the month, from 1–3 PM Pacific
  • September 10, October 8,  November 12, December 10

Scroll below to take a look at what we’ll be reading. Purchase the books you want to read from the vendors of your choosing. Or check them out at your local library!

At The Joy of History, there is never any requirement to read the book. Come to the meeting anyway and be enriched by the discussion!

2022 Series

Smorgasbord From My Reading List!!
4 Great Reads to Take You Through 2022!!




What do these four ward-winning books have in common?? Great writing and inspired story-telling. They're the books on my reading list that I am most excited to read over the next four months and I would love to read them with you! Check them out below.

2022 Books:

Sat: September 10, 1-3 pm Pacific
The Sea Captain's Wife: A Story of Love, Race, & War in the Nineteenth Century by Martha Hodes (2006)


Sat: November 12, 1-3 pm Pacific
River of Shadows; Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit (2003)

Sat: October 8, 1-3 pm Pacific
Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 by Inga Clendinnen (1987/2003)


Sat: December 10, 1-3 pm Pacific
Trees in Paradise: The Botanical Conquest of California by Jared Farmer (2013/2017)

Register for the option that suits you:

The 2022 Series runs on the second Saturdays of September, October, November, and December.

Attend individual monthly meetings in a series — $29.99 for 1 meeting
This is a great way to try out The Joy of History Book Club.
Attend this full 4-month series — $89.99
It will take you deep inside these topics and themes through multiple perspectives.

Sneak Peek: Coming Next!

Watch this space for what we'll be reading in 2022!


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Using the Past to Empower Your Present
Barbara Berglund Sokolov, PhD started The Joy of History in 2020 to foster a community of learning in these historic times we find ourselves living in. She is a native San Franciscan and a scholar of California and the American West. Read more about her here.