Enjoying Books

stack of booksLocation: Parish House Fireside Room
Dates: Second Monday of each month
Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Upcoming Books:
July 10 – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
August 14 – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
September 11 – Still Life by Louise Penny

Please reserve books from the library now. Remember, you can put the book holds in suspended status until you want them. (Allow about a month for the hold to be reactivated and you to read the book.) Your name will keep moving up the hold list even while your holds are in suspended status.

Good Discussions in Good Company

We’re not your typical book group. We want you to join us…
…even if you haven’t finished reading the book.
…even if you didn’t like the book. Discussions are livelier when we have different opinions!
…even if you attend only once. Some people attend most months. Some come and go. (Usually about a dozen people attend.)

Feel free to suggest a book for us to discuss, so long as…
…you’ve actually read it.
…you think it’s worth discussing.
…enough copies are owned by the library system.

If you suggest a book, usually you also moderate the discussion. That means…
…you send a brief description of the book to the newsletter editor and website coordinator.
…you ask a leading question to get the discussion rolling.

Our philosophy is that food makes any gathering more fun, so we take turns providing snacks. Usually we have wine, too, but there’s also always lemonade or cider for those of us who aren’t wine drinkers.

We’ve been meeting since May 2001. We’re officially the UUCC Co-Ed Book Group, although most of us are women (as is true of most groups at most churches). There’s no charge to attend our discussions. Just bring yourself and your ideas, and join us for good discussions in good company.

Questions? Contact Debra Rinker

Books Discussed in 2017

  • January:  American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • February: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • March: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • April: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  • May: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • June: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Books Discussed in 2016

  • January: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • February: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • March: Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
  • April: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  • May: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
  • June: Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
  • July: One or more of these books: A Girl from Yamhill (memoir) by Beverly Cleary, Beezus & Ramona (children’s chapter book) by Beverly Cleary, Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland by Laura O. Foster
  • August: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • September – Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • October – Home Front by Kristin Hannah
  • November – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • December – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Books Discussed in 2015

  • January: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • February: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • March: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • April: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • May: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  • June: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • July: A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
  • August: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  • September: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • October: Ripper, by Isabel Allende
  • November: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  • December: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strouth

Books Discussed in 2014

  • January: Mink River by Brian Doyle (author visit)
  • February: Cancelled because of snowy weather
  • March: Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
  • April: Etched on Me by Jenn Crowell
  • May: Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
  • June: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • July:  Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • August: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • September: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • October: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • November: Longbourn by Jo Baker
  • December: Worthy Brown’s Daughter by Philip Margolin

Books Discussed in 2013

  • January: Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
  • February: Healing Notes by Maggie Jaimeson (author visit)
  • March: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • April: Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris (author visit)
  • May: Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker
  • June: After Dark by Phillip Margolin
  • July (intergenerational discussion): The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • August: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  • September: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • October: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • November: Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio
  • December: What in God’s Name by Simon Rich