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Meet the OWC

The ladies of OWC met when they were undergraduates at Rice University and bonded over their shared love of books, craft beer, and of course, cats. In August 2016, they created a monthly book club as a way to stay connected as their lives inevitably grew busier after graduation. They never intended to transform their book club into something more, but in May 2022, a congressional tweet went viral :  “How many of the women rallying against overturning Roe are over-educated, under-loved millennials who sadly return from protests to a lonely microwave dinner with their cats, and no bumble matches.” In response, this bookclub officially renamed itself to "Overeducated Women with Cats" and began sharing book recommendations to fight the closed-minded world view embodied in that now infamous tweet. The OWC page is a safe space online where anyone - the "overeducated" or otherwise - can join in thoughtful discussion about books (or cats!).


Korey Taylor, MS, RN
Sandia Park, NM


Natalia Heredia, PhD, MPH
Houston, TX


Allee Rosenmayer, Esq.
Stockton, CA


Elizabeth Whitefig, PhD
Houston, TX


Cristina Tortarolo, MA
Houston, TX


OWC Bookclub Selections

North Woods- Daniel Mason

The Woman Destroyed- Simone de Beauvoir

Better Living Through Birding- Christian Cooper

Yellowface- R. F. Kuang

Let Us Descend- Jesmyn Ward

Your House Will Pay- Steph Cha

Silver Nitrate- Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This is Not Miami- Fernanda Melchor

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women- Lisa See

Wandering Souls- Cecile Pin

When We Cease to Understand the World- Benjamín Labatut

Hell Bent - Leigh Bardugo

Sea Change - Gina Chung

You Exist Too Much - Zaina Arafat

A Certain Hunger - Chelsea Summers

Liberation Day - George Saunders

Thrust - Lidia Yuknavitch

Black Cake - Charmaine Wilkerson

This is How it Always Is - Laurie Frankel

A Place for Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza

The Land of Big Numbers - Te-Ping Chen

Deacon King Kong - James McBride

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty- Akwaeke Emezi

The Book of Form and Emptiness - Ruth Ozeki

Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu

Forget the Alamo- Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford

Detransition, Baby - Torrey Peters

The Mountains Sing - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Infinite Country - Patricia Engel

Apeirogon - Colin McCann 

I, Tituba - Maryse Condo

The Most Fun We Ever Had - Claire Lombardo

Of Women and Salt - Gabriela Garcia 

The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolaño

A Burning - Megha Majumdar

Human Acts-  Han Kang

The Death of Vivek Oji - Akwaeka Emezi

Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo 

Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi

Abandon Me - Melissa Febos

Version Control - Dexter Palmer

Ask Again, Yes - Mary Beth Keane

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Door- Magda Szabo

The Reckless Oath We Made- Bryn Greenwood

Where the Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens

The Dutch House- Ann Patchett

City of Girls- Elizabeth Gilbert

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Death- Olga Tokarczuk

Dominicana- Angie Cruz

The Water Dancer- Ta-Nehisi Coates

Looker- Laura Sims

Normal People- Sally Rooney

Reinhardt’s Garden- Mark Haber

Belladonna- Dasa Drndic

Ayiti- Roxanne Gay

Black Leopard Red Wolf- Marlon James

Marlena- Julie Buntin

The Overstory - Richard Powers

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood

There There - Tommy Orange

The Heart’s Invisible Furies - John Boyne 

Sidewalks - Valeria Luiselli

Fourth of July Creek - Smith Henderson

An American Marriage - Tayari Jones 

The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henriquez

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

The Idiot - Elif Batuman 

Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage - Ann Patchett

Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng 

Pachinko- Min Jin Lee

Her Body and Other Parties- Carmen Maria Machado

Home Fire- Kamila Shamsie

The Sympathizer- Viet Thanh Nguyen

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