Third Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2020
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2020

FLC Book Club for 2020: A Great Read Every Month


Reading notes: Our book selection for January,  This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel told the story of Claude, the youngest son in a loving and welcoming family, but whose wish was to be a girl when he grows up. Claude feels he’s “real” when he is Poppy, his outgoing and popular female identity. Will this secret destroy or liberate this family? Interwoven into the narrative is a fairy tale that helps the family cope with the challenges the real world dishes out.
February’s book, The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig, took us on a canoe escape journey of four indentured servants in Alaska trying to reach America. The journey would be unbelievable fiction but for the fact that it is based on a documented true story. A harrowing adventure story that is a profound character study as well.

Read with us for March:  Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate delves into the true narratives that formed the story the First Lutheran Book Club read in September of 2018, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. The beauty and promise of adoption is marred by the horrors the children were subject to at the hands of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. Amidst the scars are happy reunions and reception.
*Note: Due to an abundance of caution and to maintain social distancing, the book club meeting for March was cancelled. The discussion of Before and After will take place at the April meeting and the April selection of The Day the World Came to Town will be scheduled for a later meeting.

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 2020: 

January 21, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Janet Taylor
Discussion Leader – Anita Martin
Book – This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

February 18, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Dwayne and Anita Martin
Discussion Leader – Dottie Terry
Book – The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig

*March 17, 7 p.m. CANCELED
Hosting – Dick and Emily Ballentine
Discussion Leader – Melanie Stevens
Book – Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

*April 21, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bob Thesman and Claire Bolton
Discussion Leader – Melanie Stevens
Book – Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

May 19, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Janet Taylor
Discussion Leader – Helen Scheuch
Book – The Leavers by Lisa Ko

June 16, 7 p.m.
Hosting – TBD
Discussion Leader – Janet Taylor
Book – The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

July 21, 7 p.m.
Hosting – TBD
Discussion Leader – Claire Bolton
Book – Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

August 18, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Helen and John Scheuch
Discussion Leader – Dwayne Martin
Book – Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

September 15, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bob Thesman
Discussion Leader – Bev Bellinger
Book – The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

October 20, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Bev Bellinger
Discussion Leader – John Scheuch
Book – The Book of Joe B by Michael Winn

November 17, 7 p.m.
Hosting – Helen and John Scheuch
Discussion Leader – Bob Thesman
Book – Walden by Henry David Thoreau

December 15, 6 p.m. Potluck (moved from our usual 7 p.m. start time)
Hosting – Melanie Stevens
Discussion Leader – Helen Scheuch
Book – The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

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

Last year’s reads:

The Accidental President by A. J. Baime
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
Earning the Rockies by Robert D. Kaplan
Betty Ford by Lisa McCubbin
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens
Educated by Tara Westover
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

2018 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