Reading notes: Our October book selection, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, depicted some rather deplorable acts against children, which included kidnapping, physical and verbal abuse, and adoption practices that might rightly be called trafficking. Most chilling of all, it was based on real-life scenarios occurring in the three decades following the Great Depression. While we felt the families’ heartbreak, we also cheered the resiliency demonstrated by the surviving children. Along the read, the book raised a multi-faceted polemic: Is truth at all costs better than secret keeping?
Read with us for November: Animal Farm by George Orwell. Originally scheduled to be read earlier in 2018 but postponed due to inclement weather, we once again revisit this dystopian novel that is often lumped in discussion with Brave New World, 1984, and Lord of the Flies. In an age before The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games, this satirical allegory about mistreated farm animals makes us question whether an idealistic outcome can ever be derived from revolution or whether a leader emerging from oppression can help from transforming into one of the oppressors. It’s as much a fable for today as when it was published more than a half century ago.
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.
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
Note: The December meeting is when we will be compiling our reading list for 2019.
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
As One Must, One Can by Rochelle Fields
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate