Several new books are included below for our discussion in the upcoming months. There are also still a few months open to talk about what you are eading!
You are welcome to join us at Our Savior’s!
Sunday, October 21st, 3:00 pm at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center
Books & Company invites us to attend a very special afternoon with Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of 23 novels including Small Great Things which we read in February. Picoult returns to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center on Sunday, October 21, 3 pm, for A Spark of Light, a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. Tickets are $34 and include the book. Let me know if you plan to attend. Please purchase your own ticket. They are available on the Books & Company website or Sharon Lynne Wilson Center website through Brown Paper Tickets. The tickets are also on sale now through this link. I will coordinate carpooling and sitting together for those who let me know they purchased tickets.
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center – a women’s reproductive health services clinic – its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.
But Wren is not alone. She will shape the next few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, who will find his faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.
Tickets are $34.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a signed copy of A Spark of Light. In lieu of a signing line, each attendee will get a chance to have a professional photo with Jodi Picoult. Please note that this means Ms. Picoult will not be personalizing or signing backlist.
October 22nd at 7:00 pm – Discussion Leader, Linda Westlie
The Broken Girls
Author: Simone St. James
Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming—until one of them mysteriously disappears…
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past—and a voice that won’t be silenced…
November 26th at 7:00 pm – Discussion Leader, Deb Nollen
Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Uniting the Community through Great Books – Waukesha Reads has this as the 2018 NEA Big Read title! In a small town in Ohio in 1977, the oldest daughter and favorite child of a biracial couple — her mother is white, her father is Chinese-American — is found drowned in a lake. As her parents and siblings struggle to solve the mystery of her death, a web of family secrets emerges to reveal how fragile the relationships between husband and wife, parent and child, and brother and sister can be when ambitions are thwarted, societal pressures mount, and fears and desires are kept buried. Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You alternates between past and present and is told from the various perspectives of each grieving member of the family, all of whom come to realize in their own way how little they knew about the people they thought they knew best.
Awards – National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellow Celeste Ng knocked it out of the park with her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and Amazon #1 Best Book of 2014; winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Fiction; and named a best book of the year by more than a dozen publications, including National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly, School Library Journal, and The Huffington Post.
December 17th at 7:00 pm
Bring a favorite children’s book! One you remember from childhood, loved reading to your children or think a child will love to read. We will read some aloud and then plan to donate to a select location. Special heirloom books can be taken back home.
Guided discussion options for 2019!
We will be changing the book selection process in 2019 by having you choose any one of the 12 topics below, find any (fiction or nonfiction) book that applies to that topic and claim the month you would like to facilitate that discussion. It will be a fun, creative way to read a new book! Remember, the topics and months are limited to just one each so if one appeals to you let me know right away. Who is excited about January?
Book Topic Lottery
A Book that…..
Is about Islam
Is about Children
Has Short Stories
Has a Sports theme
Is based on a Bible Story
Takes place in Wisconsin
Was written prior to 1900
Has Food as a main topic or component
Takes place in another Country or Continent
Has an author with or a topic on physical challenges
Involves a Historical woman or man not widely known