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New book selections are on the horizon. During April-May we travel to Rhodesia in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller.
The author remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Growing up in Rhodesia in the 1970's Alexandra had more than the usual mix of childhood perils to cope with. There were scorpions in the swimming pool and snakes in the kitchen. Worms and malaria were daily facts of life, as were the threats of land mines and guerrilla ambush.Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

The book club meeeting/discussion has been postponed to Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 9:00 A.M. For now it is scheduled to be a virtual meeting on Zoom due to lingering COVID restrictions. There is a possibility that we will be able to meet in person by then so stay tuned for updates.

 

book coverFor May-June we will stay closer to home in Greenwich Village with The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall.

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James's escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.

The Dearly Belovedfollows these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. It's a poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives.

The book club meeeting/discussion will be Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 9:00 A.M. For now it is scheduled to be a virtual meeting on Zoom due to lingering COVID restrictions. There is a possibility that we will be able to meet in person by then so stay tuned for updates.

For more information contact Val Eurman.

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