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Congratulations to the Wednesday Night Book Group on their 2024 reading selections! Join them for their next meeting held on January 10 at 7 pm on Zoom. The group will continue to meet on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss books chosen by the group including fiction, non-fiction, contemporary or old. New and potential group members are welcome. Contact Patti Ulwelling for the Zoom link.

January 10 – “My Son Wears Heels – One Mom’s Journey from Clueless to Kickass” by Julie Tarney. Nonfiction, 2016, 240 pages
In 1922 at 2 years old, Julie Tarney’s child told her “Inside my head I’m a girl.” She was disoriented & in uncharted territory; how would she support her child, what was the right thing to do, as we embark with her on an unexpected parenting path.

February 14 – “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo. Fiction, 2019 464 pages.
The book is divided into four chapters, each containing three episodes about three people who are connected in some way such as mother, daughter, friend, relative. Although each character has their own chapter set across a particular time, their lives intertwine to explore how race, sexuality, gender, politics, patriarchy, success, relationships, history and economic stratification intersect and define the experiences of each.

March 13 – “Hello Beautiful” by Ann Napolitano, fiction 2023 383 pages
A profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

April 10 – “West with Giraffes” by Lynda Rutledge, 2021 Historical Fiction 400 pages
The incredible true story of two giraffes who travel across the United States in the 1930s and become a symbol of hope and resilience during a time of great adversity. The novel explores themes of survival, friendship, and the power of unlikely connections, while shedding light on the human spirit’s ability to find solace and inspiration in the most unexpected places.

May 8 – “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Nonfiction. 152 pages. 2015. Banned or challenged several times.
In a letter to his son, Coates seeks answers to why he and other black people seemed to live in fear.

June 12 – “Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett. Fiction, 2023 320 pages.
Three adult daughters return to their family’s Northern Michigan orchard in the (Covid) spring of 2020 and learn about their mother’s youthful relationship with a famous actor who she shared the stage with at a nearby theater company named Tom Lake. Tom Lake is a light and entertaining meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born.

July 10 – “A Council of Dolls” by Mona Susan Power, an enrolled member of the Rock Sioux tribe. Historical fiction, published in 2023, 286 pages
It’s the story of three women told in part through the stories of the dolls they carried. Different eras covered: Cora 1888, Lillian, 1925 and Sissy, 1961.

August 14 – “Poverty by America” by Matthew Desmond, published in 2023. 305 pages, nonfiction.
The author of Evicted writes about systemic poverty in the United States, allowing for discussion on how individuals can identify and challenge the ways in which we all, rich or poor, may be complicit.

September 11 – “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt Fiction 2022 360 pages.
For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow’s unlikely connection with a curmudgeonly giant Pacific octopus who knows more than anyone could.

October 9 – “The Thread Collectors” by Shaunna Edwards, Historical fiction, 373 pages, published 8/23.1863.
In a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army while in New York City, a Jewish woman stitches a quilt for her husband, who is stationed in Louisiana with the Union Army. As these two women risk everything for love and freedom during the brutal Civil War, their paths converge in New Orleans, where an unexpected encounter leads them to discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save us.

November 13 – “The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride. Historical Fiction, 385 pages. 2023.
In 1972, a skeleton found by workers digging a foundation unravels a secret long held by immigrant Jews and African Americans working together to keep a deaf boy safe. The story shines a light on how American communities are at times torn apart by differences as well as uplifts with humor and messages of hope. The Barnes and Noble 2023 book of the year.

 

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