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Book It!

Join Executive Pastor Millie Snyder for lunch and a literary smorgasbord. Join us on monthly, September-April, at 12:30 p.m. in A-106.

Together we will chew on the spiritual and moral dilemmas posed by this diverse literary sampling. Bring your own lunch. The Church provides iced tea and water.


2018/2019 Reading List

 

September 13         Chemistry, by Weike Wang

Three years into her graduate studies at a demanding Boston university, the unnamed narrator of this nimbly wry, concise debut finds her one-time love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She’s tormented by her failed research–and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all by her Chinese parents, who have always expected nothing short of excellence from her throughout her life. But there’s another, nonscientific question looming: the marriage proposal from her devoted boyfriend, a fellow scientist, whose path through academia has been relatively free of obstacles, and with whom she can’t make a life before finding success on her own.

October 11               Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

November 8             Miss Burma, by Charmaine Craig

A beautiful and poignant story of one family during the most violent and turbulent years of world history, Miss Burma is a powerful novel of love and war, colonialism and ethnicity, and the ties of blood.

December 13          The Ninth Hour, by Alice McDermott

A magnificent new novel from one of America’s finest writers—a powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.

January 10               The Confusion of Languages, by Siobhan Fallon

A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.

February 14             The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

March 14                  American War, by Omar El Akkad

An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

April 11                     The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

May 9                        The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson

Three women from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles are drawn together at a BYU Women’s Conference through a sharing of problems and a Guilty Secret. What each woman finds instead is a unique bond and the beginning of an enduring friendship that inspires and sustains them through the challenges of life. This entertaining novel captures the joys and occasional perils of friendship as it explores one of the most important relationships in a woman’s life.