Join Executive Pastor Millie Snyder for lunch and a literary smorgasbord. Join us monthly, September-April, at 12:30 p.m. in A-102.
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.
2019/2020 Reading List
September 12 There There, by Tommy Orange
There There is a relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.
October 17 The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future.
November 14 Lake Success, by Guy Shteyngart
Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart.
December 5 Girls Burn Brighter, by Shobha Rao
A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again.
January 9 The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
February 13 The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason
The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.
March 12 We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo
An exciting literary debut: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.
April 16 The Blurry Years, by Eleanor Kriseman
The Blurry Years is a powerful and unorthodox coming-of-age story from an assured new literary voice, featuring a stirringly twisted mother-daughter relationship, set against the sleazy, vividly-drawn backdrop of late-seventies and early-eighties Florida.
May 7 Small Country, by Gael Faye
A prize-winning bestseller in its native France, a vivid and evocative coming-of-age tale, set against the backdrop of the Rwandan genocide and the civil war in Burundi, of a young boy’s childhood innocence shattered by the brutal tides of history.