The Book Discussion Group meets the first Monday of the month at 7:30 for a lively talk about their reading. Books are chosen by member consensus – both fiction and nonfiction, usually current but not always. Everyone is welcome to join throughout the year; We hope to see you there.
Contact: Kaye Bonney or Leslie Vallerga
Book Group Updates
- January 11, 2020
Our UUFRC Book Discussion Group is a great way to read some fiction or nonfiction that you might not choose on your own. I’ve learned so much from the interesting talks we’ve had on a wide range of topics. Just look at our line-up for this year…there are so many great books!
We meet in the back lounge on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Most of our titles are available at Kepler’s with a 20% discount.
2020 books so far are:
January 6: Red Notice by Bill Browder
February 3: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
March 8: ... more...
- December 5, 2018 Here is a list of the books that our UUFRC Book Discussion Group read in 2019:
My Family and Orher Animals by Gerald Durrell
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel
Animal Wise by Virginia Morell
Educated by Tara Westover
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Becoming by Michelle Obama
There There by Tommy Orange
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- September 3, 2018 Although our Book Group had planned an all-Fellowship read for next month, we have moved that event til March. So please plan on coming to our regular time and place (first Monday, 7:30 pm, back lounge). We will be reading March by Geraldine Brooks. From the classic Little Women, Brooks has taken the character of the absent father and filled in his life as an Army chaplain during the Civil War. See y’all Monday October 1 at 7:30.
- August 12, 2018 I just started reading The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, our September book, and I am totally intrigued. Weisman poses the challenge: “Picture a world from which we all suddenly vanished…tomorrow. How long would it take to restore Earth to the way it must have gleamed and smelled before humans fired up all our engines?” If you can, join us on Monday, Sept. 3 (yes, Labor Day) at 7:30 pm for the discussion. We meet in the back lounge. Available in the library system or at Kepler’s with our book group discount. Carolyn
- August 12, 2018 Because so many of our faithful readers will be on vacation or otherwise occupied in September, we are moving our All-Fellowship Discussion of Paul Kivel’s book, Uprooting Racism, to Sunday March 31 right after church. So now we all have plenty of time to read.
- July 19, 2018 Our August book group on 8/6 will focus on Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. I loved this book about a girl who makes her way in the world of science. Join us at 7:30 in the back lounge.
- June 13, 2018 Following our excellent workshop with Paul Kivel, I wondered what more we can do in the fight against Racism. Paul’s book, Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice, is an inspiring resource, very readable. It is helping me to change my perspective from “OMG, the problem is too HUGE” to “I can throw this one stranded starfish into the sea, and thereby save one life.” Join me in reading Kivel’s book and then coming together to talk about it. Available at Kepler’s with our book group discount or on Amazon (also as an e-book). Let’s ask what ... more...
- May 21, 2018 Join us for a lively discussion of Ursula Leguin’s novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, on Monday, June 4 from 7:30-9 pm. Although I am not personally a Sci-Fi fan, my book club friends tell me that I cannot miss this classic, which we are reading to honor Leguin in this year of her death. The novel tells of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change – their gender.
Our summer books are:
July 2 White Houses by Amy Bloom
August 6 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- April 24, 2018 Our book discussion group will meet Monday, May 7 at 7:30 in the back lounge,and our book, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, is on the Book Club shelves at Keppler’s with a 20% discount. The story follows the life of Sarah Grimke, a southern “belle” and her personal slave, Handful, as they come of age and each finds a sense of self and purpose. A lovely read!
For June 4 we’ve chosen a classic by Ursula LeGuin, in her honor upon her death: The Left Hand of Darkness. July and August books will be: White Houses by Amy Bloom and ... more...
- March 30, 2018 We are always happy to meet newcomers to our book discussion group. We meet in the back lounge on first Mondays at 7:30 pm. All are welcome!
April 2: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West (available at Kepler’s with our discount). NPR review: “Lindy West’s memoir is a witty and cathartic take on toxic misogyny and fat shaming. She comes to accept her body just as Internet trolls congregate en masse to try to rip this new confidence from her, but she’s rearing to fight back…In Shrill, West is our fat, ferocious, and funny avenging angel.”
May 7: The Invention of Wings by Sue ... more...
- January 2, 2018
Make it your New Year’s resolution to read along with the UUFRC Book Discussion Group. All readers (and book-on-cd listeners) are welcome. We meet in the back lounge on the first Monday (usually!) of each month at 7:30 pm. Hope you will join the fun! Most of our titles are available at Kepler’s with a 20% discount.
For January 8 (Note, this is the second Monday, since the first falls on New Years Day) we are reading Euphoria by Lily King. This is a fictionalized account of Margaret Mead’s loves and adventures in the South Pacific. Note that we dropped Middlemarch ... more...
- December 24, 2017 Our UUFRC Book Discussion Group is a great way to read some fiction or nonfiction that you might not choose on your own…I’ve learned so much from the interesting talks we’ve had on a wide range of topics. Just look at our line-up for this year…there are so many great books, we’re choosing far ahead! We meet in the back lounge on the (usually) first Monday of each month at 7:30 pm, and everyone is welcome. Most of our titles are available at Kepler’s with a 20% discount.
Our upcoming books are:
December 4: You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside ... more...