Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 23, 2019
Third Sunday after Pentecost
June 30, 2019

FLC Book Club for 2019: A Great Read Every Month


Reading notes: Our June selection, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer by Lisa McCubbin, was a somewhat lightweight read, even though the subject was decidedly not. The book was essentially a love letter to Betty Ford, and why not? She was indeed all the descriptors in the subtitle. She brought candor, wit, and charm to the White House and to every facet of her life. Her struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism made her real and perhaps more relevant today than within her lifetime. Her influence continues through the respected Betty Ford Clinic.

Read with us for July: Old Filth by Jane Gardam. Sir Edward Feathers has earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong). Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and approaches a reckoning with his own history. Not all the old filth, it seems, can be cleaned away. This end-of-life story gives us as much a glimpse into the British Empire over eighty years as it does into the microcosm of the good barrister’s up and down life.

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. Note: It is at the December meeting that we begin choosing the books for the upcoming year.

Books and meetings slated for 2019: 

January 15, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Anita & Dwayne Martin
Discussion Leader – Bev Bellinger
Book – The Accidental President by A. J. Baime

February 19, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Emily Ballentine
Discussion Leader – Claire Bolton
Book – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

March 19, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Dottie and Keith Terry
Discussion Leader – Bob Thesman
Book – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

April 23, 7 p.m. (Note: April Book Club meeting is a week later than usual, due to Holy Week events)
Hosting – Janet Taylor
Discussion Leader – Emily Ballentine
Book – The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

May 21, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Diane Doran
Discussion Leader – Janet Taylor
Book – Earning the Rockies by Robert D. Kaplan

June 18, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Melanie Stevens
Discussion Leader – Bev Bellinger
Book – Betty Ford by Lisa McCubbin

July 16, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Janet Taylor
Discussion Leader – Diane Doran
Book – Old Filth by Jane Gardam

August 20, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Helen Scheuch
Discussion Leader – John Scheuch
Book – Wonder by R. J. Palacio

September 17, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Helen & John Scheuch
Discussion Leader – Dwayne Martin
Book – Beartown by Fredrik Backman

October 15, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bev Bellinger
Discussion Leader – Claire Bolton
Book – Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens

November 19, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bob Thesman
Discussion Leader – Anita Martin
Book – Educated by Tara Westover

December 17, 6 p.m. Potluck (moved from our usual 7 p.m. start time)
Hosting – Melanie Stevens
Discussion Leader – Helen Scheuch
Book – A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

Note: At the December meeting we will be compiling our reading list for 2020. 

Last year’s 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
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg