Wednesday, February 8th at 7PM in Fellowship Hall we will discuss Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s “Take My Hand.” In 1973 Montgomery Alabama, Civil Townsend, a young black nurse working for the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, grapples with her role when she takes 2 young girls into her heart and the unthinkable happens.
You’re welcome if you haven’t finished the book, and even if you’ve not read it but want to listen in on the discussion. Books – check ’em out!
Our books include fiction and non-fiction and are chosen by our members each July. Contact the Book Club at if interested in joining us and to get a copy of the current reading list. All readers are welcome.
Here is the Book List for the rest of the church year into Summer 2023:
February 8 (fiction) Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez – In 1973 Montgomery Alabama, Civil Townsend, a young black nurse working for the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, grapples with her role when she takes 2 young girls into her heart and the unthinkable happens.
March 8 (historical non-fiction) Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842 by Nathanial Filbrook – Draws on journal entries to recount the epic journey of Charles Darwin which led to the discovery of Antarctica and brought America international renown.
April 12 (science fiction) Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro – Waiting to be chosen by a customer, an Artificial Friend programmed with high perception observes the activities of shoppers while exploring what it means to love.
May 10 (fiction) Lincoln Highway by Amor Towle – In June 1954 Emmet Watson, 18, is released after serving 15 months for involuntary manslaughter, planning to get his brother in Nebraska and go to California. Two friends from the work foar have hidden in the warden’s trunk and have other plans.
June 14 (fiction) Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams – Esme, who has collected “objectionable“ words that a team of male scholars omit from the First Oxford Dictionary, leaves her sheltered world behind to meet the people whose words will fill those pages.
July 12 (historical non-fiction) The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brough the American Ideal West by David Mc McCullough – This book chronicles the settling of the Ohio wilderness starting in 1788 under the leadership of General Rufus Putnam (Rutland MA) They prohibited slavery, demanded freedom of religion and universal education.
September 13 (fiction) Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – Story of an unusual female scientist trying to break into men’s world of science in 1952. Told with some humor, the character is an early advocate of women’s equality. This book is in high demand, so put your name on it early.