First Sunday of Advent
December 1, 2019
Second Sunday of Advent
December 8, 2019

FLC Book Club for 2019: A Great Read Every Month


Reading notes: Our book selection for November,  Educated by Tara Westover, was another story of family disfunction and survival, in the latter’s most extreme sense of the word. Feeling the tug to attend school and satisfy a thirst for knowledge, she sets off on a path counter cultural to the only life she has known. Although she adapts and flourishes in the academic life, making a clean break from the emotionally toxic environment of her family home proves nearly impossible. She can do the rational distancing in her mind, but the emotional underpinnings make it harder to let go of those family ties. Tara wants to save them all, but at times finds it hard to save even herself.

Read with us for December: A Child’s Christmas in Wales by the celebrated Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. Set in a memory of the author’s childhood Christmases, this short fanciful tale is a narrative of a winter fire put out by snowballs and helmeted firemen, of presents strange and useless, of overeating Uncles, and singing cousins, and parsnip wine that got the best of Auntie Hannah. Oh, to be a child at Christmas in the Welsh sea coast in the 1920s!

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 – Anita Martin
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