Book Groups Starting in September

Dear folks,

Last Sunday’s service featured people talking about their experiences in last year’s book group. September is approaching, and our UUCM book group will begin again. The group was originally begun several years ago by the Social Justice Committee. Currently, we have two on-going sections of the group–one on the 2nd Monday of each month, and the other on (usually) the 3rd Sunday afternoon. The Monday group is now almost full, but there are openings in the Sunday afternoon group. If more people want to join a group than we have room for, we’ll try to start another section.

Each section of our book group follows the same reading list. For 2018-2019, books come from the following categories: Gender, Native American fiction, History, African-American fiction, Biography, Class, Theology, and “Other” fiction. We voted on our selections this past June, choosing nine books from a list of twenty-six possibilities. Selections alternate between fiction and non-fiction.

If you are interested in joining our book club this year, please send an email to If you want to join the Sunday afternoon section, please also send an email to Jenn Stiles at We will try to place you in one of two on-going groups or a new one.

Here are this year’s selections…

  • September: (Gender): Janet Mock, Redefining Realness
  • October: (Native American fiction): Kent Nerburn, Neither Wolf nor Dog
  • November: (History): W.E.B, DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
  • December: (African-American fiction): James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Sing
  • January: (Biography): Jeff Hobbes, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
  • February: (African-American fiction): Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
  • March: (Class): Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • April: (Other fiction): Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
  • May: (Theology): Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be
  • [June: (Bonus book – fiction): Toni Morrison, A Mercy… or Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony]