Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 19, 2020
Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 26, 2020

FLC Book Club for 2020: A Great Read Every Month


Reading notes: Our book selection for December,  A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by the celebrated Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, was both a nostalgic memoir and a reminder that every family’s Christmas has elements that resonate with our own celebrations, our own memories. It was hard not to reminisce about our own “useless” presents. The harsh times of the 1920s was as much a character in the story as any family members and provided a backdrop to this poignant and at times tongue-in-cheek memoir.

Read with us for January: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel tells the story of Claude/Poppy, the youngest child in a love-filled and welcoming family, who struggles to decide what is the best course of action to support everyone in the family. It is always a cautionary tale about the curse of the kept secret and how the truth can either be liberating or punishing. Interwoven into the narrative is a fairy tale that helps the family cope with the challenges the real world dishes out.  

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.
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 – Emily Ballentine
Book – The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

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