Eleven Hours novel for BookIt!

Millie SnyderChurchwide, Uncategorized

Eleven Hours is a tightly constructed novel about one woman’s labor and delivery experience interwoven with the story of the nurse who attends her. I think the book captures the fear and uncertainty that pregnancy, labor and delivery evoke. Surprisingly, there are very few accounts of the birth experience in novels. Why? I have interacted with the author by email … Read More

Confessions, by Kanae Minato

Millie SnyderChurchwide, Uncategorized

Our November BookIt selection is Confessions, by Kanae Minato. Minato was a home economics teacher and housewife in Japan before she wrote this debut novel.  The novel has won all sorts of awards and was made into a movie (a nominee for best foreign language film at the 2010 Oscars). This book is dark and disturbing. Do you find any … Read More

BookIt for October – Sleeping Giants!

Millie SnyderChurchwide

Sleeping Giants is a sci-fi novel that grabbed my attention and kept me reading. Each year when I choose the books for the BookIt club, I try to vary genres and select books that broaden my natural horizons. This one did that! I have heard from several readers who have already finished and loved it, planning to read the next … Read More

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

Millie SnyderUncategorized

The BookIt! selection for September is In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist written by Ruchama King Feuerman. I emailed Ruchama and she was delighted to learn we would be reading and discussing her book. She shared that she has written a short story sequel to the novel that is available through Narrative Magazine on-line. You can create an account for … Read More

BookIt for September!

Millie SnyderChurchwide

If you enjoy reading fiction and participating in lively discussion, join us for Book It on September 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the church. Our book for September is In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, by Ruchama King Feuerman. This book is set in Jerusalem and highlights the tension there between Judaism and Islam. I finished reading the book last week … Read More

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

Millie SnyderChurchwide

This book, Christopher Scotton’s debut novel, is the last book for this year’s season of BookIt! I thought he did an excellent job of portraying the characters and the landscape of Appalachia. At first I was concerned that it was going to be a little “preachy” about the effects of coal on the environment but the story was so much … Read More

Book It – The Library of Mount Char

Millie SnyderChurchwide

This one is a weird one! The Library of Mount Char is a fantasy novel written by Scott Hawkins. I have emailed with Scott and learned that he grew up in Aiken, SC attending First Presbyterian Church there. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the book. Is Carolyn benevolent or not? Were you surprised by what happened to … Read More

BookIt: Hate List

Millie SnyderAdult Faith Formation

I finished reading Hate List last week. I found myself very sad about the difficulties teenagers face and the power of social acceptance to destroy their lives. As a mother of two daughters, I empathized with Valerie’s mother as she struggled to deal with her crumbling marriage and to come to terms with her daughter’s role in the school shooting. … Read More

BookIt! January: The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Millie SnyderAdult Faith Formation

I’m reading The Water Knife for our discussion on January 12 (12:30 pm at Myers Park Presbyterian Church). Admittedly it’s not an easy book to get into but I think we will be glad we read and discussed it (here’s hoping!). Another reader asked me about the word “arcology” which is used frequently in the book and doesn’t appear in … Read More