Reading notes: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng gave our reading group much to discuss about characters’ motivations, attitudes, and limitations and the myriad mother-daughter relationships in the carefully ordered lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a venue that was as much a character as any that populated the book. Discussion led us into speculation as to what happened to many of the characters after the book closed. We look forward to the limited TV series based on the book, which will be carried on Hulu.
Read with us for September: As One Must, One Can by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. In this third installment in a series of historical novels with a biographical inspiration, we return to the life of Havah Gitterman and her family, now settled in America following tumultuous beginnings in Eastern Europe. Set in Kansas City in the early 1900s, the family faces bigotry and religious discrimination, forcing Havah to draw upon the courage instilled by her rabbi father’s mantra, “As one must, one can.”
How the First Lutheran book club works: Books (fiction, nonfiction, contemporary and classic) are chosen by the members of the club. The members take turns hosting the book club in their homes. If you love to read, you’re welcome to join us for a single meeting or on an ongoing basis. Here’s the reading list for the remainder of this year.
September 18, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Anita and Dwayne Martin
Discussion Leader – John Scheuch
Book – As One Must, One Can by Rochelle Fields
October 16, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bev Bellinger
Discussion Leader – Melanie Stevens
Book – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
November 20, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Emily Ballentine
Discussion Leader – Bob Thesman
Book – Animal Farm by George Orwell
December 18, 6 p.m. Potluck
Hosting – Melanie Stevens
Discussion Leader – Claire Bolton
Book – Red Bird Christmas by Fannie Flag
The year’s earlier reads:
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Sargent’s Women by Donna M. Lucey
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Reliance, Illinois by Mary Volmer
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng