Everyone is invited to join the group for the year, or any part of the year, as your time and interest permit. Our discussions are always informal and often lively! The group takes a break during summer and will return in the Fall – check back for the location of the fall discussions. All meetings will be on the 4th Monday of the month, at 7:00 p.m, September – November, and January – May.
Here’s the list of our upcoming selections and the dates we will meet, so you can get a head start:
September 2021: The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah
A story about the delicate dynamics of a mother/daughter relationship burdened by abandonment, poverty, and political and ecological tragedies during the ‘Great Depression.’
October 2021: What’s Mine and Yours – Naima Coster
A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side into predominantly white high schools. For two students, the integration sets off a chain of events tying their two families together in unexpected ways over the next 20 years.
November 2021: Lost History of Stars – Dave Boling
In turn-of-the-century South Africa, 14-year-old Lettie, her brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers taken from their farm by British soldiers and held in a concentration camp during the Boer war. Lettie’s father, grandfather & brother are fighting the British as Afrikaner women & children are detained. Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive dire conditions. Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather and in surprising new friendships that nourish and challenge her.
January 25, 2022: Traveling Mercies – Ann Lamott
Lamott takes us on a journey through her often troubled past to illuminate her devout but quirky walk of faith. In a narrative spiced with stories and scripture, with diatribes, laughter, and tears, Lamott tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. She shows us the myriad ways in which this sustains and guides her, shining the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life and exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope.
February 22, 2022: The Book Women of Troublesome Creek –Kim Michele Richardson
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere―even back home.
March 22, 2022: Tattoos on the Heart – Gregory Boyle
An honest, raw, & compelling collection from Father Greg Boyle’s life & work with gang-involved youth. His commitment should teach us all a lesson in compromise, sharing, learning, loving, &, most important, living life to the fullest.
April 26, 2022: Midnight Library – Matt Haig
There is a library between life and death, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything differently, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”
May 24, 2022: Fifty Miles from Tomorrow – Willie Hensley
Alaska has been Hensley’s home, identity, and cause. Born 29 miles north of the Arctic Circle, he was raised to live the traditional, semi-nomadic life that his Iñupiaq ancestors. Hensley offers the rare chance of a firsthand account of growing up Native Alaskan. Hensley’s memoir offers an entirely new perspective, and his stories are captivating, as is his account of his devotion to the Alaska Native land claims movement.
Please mark your calendars and plan for interesting discussions! For more information, please contact Joyce Rodos.
Last seasons Books:
September 2020: The Night Watchman – Louise Erdrich
October 2020: Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
November 2020: Call Your Daughter Home – Deb Spera
January 25, 2021: The Dutch House: A Novel – Ann Patchett
February 22, 2021: The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri
April 26, 2021: Maybe you should talk to someone: a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed – Lori Gottlieb
May 24, 2021: American Dirt – by Jeanine Cummins