Contemporary Book Club 4th Su 9am

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Date(s) - Sunday, May 28, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am

We are now meeting in person in Room 1 on 4th Sundays, 9:00am to 10:00am. Join us in our reading and discussion of late 20th and early 21st century books. For more info, contact Pat Marr or Anne Buchanan

To access the Zoom meeting, go to Click on Calendar, find the meeting by date and time and click on Zoom. Please read the book and come ready to discuss. All are welcome. We do not read a book in December.


2023 Reading List

Jan. 22 – The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1990). A classic tale of caste and service set in post WWII England. An elegant, literary precursor to the worlds of Upstairs/Downstairs and Downton Abbey.

Feb. 26 – The Sweetness of Water, Nathan Harris (2022). A Southern epic of brotherhood and love set in the violent crucible of post-Civil War Reconstruction.  February is African American History Month.

Mar. 26 – Bitch: On the Female of the Species, Lucy Cooke (2022). A zoologist investigates a fun new evolutionary biology where females are as dynamic as males. March is Women’s History Month.

Apr. 23 – Thinking in Pictures, Temple Grandin (2006). Updated from the 1995 original, Grandin explores the world of autism and those who think in patterns instead of words. (Illustrated.) April is Autism Awareness Month.

May 28 -Search, Michelle Huneven (2022). Intrigue abounds as UUs search for a new minister. C’mon!

June 25 – Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (1997). A questionable group of do-gooders seek a pardon for a convicted murderer who claims to remember nothing of her crimes. Is unlocking some memories unwise?

July 23 – The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak (2021). A fig tree and a Ficus weave a tale rooted in love, division, history, and eco-consciousness.

Aug. 27 – Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead (2022). A history of Harlem wrapped up in a family saga disguised as a comedic whodunit.

Sept. 24 – Lucy by the Sea, Elizabeth Strout (2022). A divorced couple are stuck together during the COVID-19 pandemic. What could go wrong?

Oct. 22 – The Trail, Ethan Gallogly (2022). How nature helps us find what’s missing in our lives. (Illustrated by Jeremy Ashcroft.)

Nov. 26 – By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register, Piper Huguley (2022). A granddaughter of slaves rises above adversity to create a famous wedding dress.

Bonus Book – We usually do not meet in December. But because we loved his The Midnight Library, we put Matt Haig’s The Humans (2014) on standby. We might read it or roll it into 2024.