Book Discussion Group

The Book Club will meet on the Sundays listed below from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the church. This group has no “membership” requirement. We welcome readers at all or any discussion!

September 13: “Tap Dancing to Work” by Carol Loomis

Warren Buffett is the third richest man in the world and its most successful investor. Carol Loomis chronicles his many accomplishments and occasional mistakes. Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffett’s investment strategies and his thinking on management, philanthropy, public policy and even parenting.

October 11: “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynne

“Empire of the Summer Moon” tells the story of the final years of free living for the Comanche band led by Quanah Parker, with the back story of Parker’s upbringing as the son of a captive married at an early age to a Comanche chief.

November 8: “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

A practicing surgeon, the author examines the medical profession’s ultimate limitations and failures in his own practice as well as others as life draws to an end. His book is a personal meditation on how we can better live with age-related frailty, serious illness and approaching death.

December 13: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel J. Brown

This book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Hitler in the Olympic Games in Berlin.

January 10: “Unafraid of the Dark” by Rosemary Bray

This is a memoir of Rosemary Bray’s childhood in Chicago. She is now Rosemary Bray McNatt, president of the UU Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. She was many years a minister at Fourth Universalist in New York City and previously an editor at The New York Times Book Review.

February 14: “The Paris Architect” by Charles Belfoure

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he is clever enough, he’ll avoid trouble. He sorely needs money and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can’t resist. This novel asks us to consider what we owe each other and just how far we’ll go to make things right.

March 13: “The Orphan Train” by Christine Baker Kline

“The Orphan Train” is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little known but historically significant movement in America’s past. It is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendships and of the secrets we carry.

April 10: “Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst

Alan Furst’s 13th historical novel is set largely in Paris in 1938, as various partisans struggle to provide arms to the Spanish Republicans who are near defeat by Gen. Francisco Franco’s Nationalist army. Franco, of course, was receiving massive military assistance from Germany and Italy, while the United States and Britain refused to help Spain’s elected government. As one character says bitterly, “Europe is a nice neighborhood with a mad dog. Just now the dig is biting Spain, and nobody else in the neighborhood wants to get bitten, so they look away.

May 8: “The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan

Kiernan examines the construction of Oak Ridge, TN, a city built as part of the atomic bomb program. Many of the workers recruited were young women from farm backgrounds. An incredible true story of the top-secret WWII town of Oak Ridge and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb.