The Friday Morning Book Discussion Group
 This group has been in existence since 1983. We discuss worthwhile fiction, both new and old. Meetings dates and locations are announced in the UUCCH NewsGram. Come join us for an interesting exchange of ideas on the third Friday of each month. (Sept – June) at 10:30 am – noon in the Horsch Room. 

 Contact Linda D. for more information (email info@uucch.org to be put in touch with her).

Evening Book Club

In 2019 we also debuted an Evening Book Club. They generally meet on a weeknight during the last week of the month. Email info@uucch.org to be put in touch with the Evening Book Club. 

2021 / 2022 (Daytime Book Club)

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlan
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Overstory by Richard Powers
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Four Lost Cities by Annalee Newitz
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

2021 / 2022 (Evening Book Club)

SeptThe Glass CastleJeanette WallsSept 30
OctOutlawedAnna NorthOct 28
NovThe Dutch HouseAnn ParchettDec 2
DecBook Swap/Holiday Party/Book Chit ChatDec 23
JanCrying in the H MartMichelle ZaunerJan 27
FebThe Graveyard BookNeil GaimanFeb 24
MarToms River: A Story of Science and SalvationDan FaginMar 24
AprHunger GamesSuzanne CollinsApr 28
MayGuest ListLucy FoleyMay 26
JuneLadysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her CenturyLorene CaryJun 23

2020 / 2021 (Daytime Book Club)

July – The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff – leader – Marion
August – Gone Crazy in Alabama by Ruth Williams Garcia – leader – Nina
September – Searching for Nora by Wendy Swallow – Wendy will join us
October – The Sumuari’s Garden by Gail Tsukyama – leader – Peggy
November – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – leader – Lynda
December – The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai – leader – Carol
January – A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende – Leader – Betsy

2019 / 2020 (Daytime Book Club)

September- Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane
October – Educated by Tara Westover
November- P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
December – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
January – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
February- The Horse Dancer by JoJo Moyes
March – Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
April – The House at the Edge of the Night by Catherine Banner
May – The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
June – Becoming by Michele Obama

2019 / 2020 (Evening Book Club)

Sept-The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Les)
Oct – Educated by Tara Westover (Pat)
Nov – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Linda)
Dec – The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (Karen)
Jan – It was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell (JoAnn)
Feb – Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilguana (Les)
Mar – Less by Andrea Sean Greer (Pat)
Apr – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Linda)
May – Pronto by Elmore Leonard (Karen)
Jun – The Pigman by Paul Zindel (JoAnn)

2018 / 2019

September 21 * In the Time of the Butterfly by Julia Alvarez
October 19 * Beartown by Fredrik Backman
November 16 * Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
December 21 * One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
January 18 * Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
February 15 * The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
March 15 * The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr
April 19 * The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton
May 17 * The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
June 21 * Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance


September   15 – The Great Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War 2 by Denise Kiernan
October 20 – The Underground Railroad by Colin Whitehead
November 17 – A Gentleman From Moscow by Amor Towles
December 15  – A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
January 19 – Wait Until Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
February 15 – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
March 16 – A Piece of the World By Christina Baker Kline
April 20 – Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
May 18 – The Inventioon of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
June 15 – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


September 16 – Tom’s River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
October 21 – The Boy Who Said No by Patti Sheehy
November 18 – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
December 16 -Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
January 20 – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates  
February 17 – Euphoria by Lily Kind
March 18 – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
April 21 – Ship of Brides by Jo Jo Moyes
May 19 -Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
June 16 – Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee


September 18 – Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
October 16 – Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane
November 20 – A Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
December 18 – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
January 15 – Americanah by Chmamanda Ngozi Addichie
February 19 – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
March 18 – All The Light You Can Not See by Anthony Doer
April 15 – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh    
May 20 – To The Lighthouse By Virginia Woolf
June 17 –  H is for Hawk by Helen Mac Donald    

December Books

A literature review on the topic of racism with the following books:

  • A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines
    Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel
    Black Girl, White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
    Amazing Grace by Paul Kozol

Friday Morning Book Discussion Group Books – 2014 / 2015

Sep. 19 – Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors by Marian Wright Edelman
Oct.  17 – The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Nov.  21 –  
The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro
Jan. 16 – Firmin by Sam Savage
Feb. 20 – House Girl by Tara Conklin
Mar. 20 – Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Apr. 17 – The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
May 15 – The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Jun. 19 – The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Friday Morning Book Discussion Group Books – 2013 / 2014

  • Sep.19 – A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
  • Oct. 18 – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Nov. 15 – The Magicians Assistant by Ann Patchett
  • Dec. 20 – The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Feb 21 – The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
  • Mar 21 – 10 Green Bottles by Vivian Jeanette Kaplan
  • Apr 18 – Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • May 16 – Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson
  • Jun 13 – Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise by Gail Priest

Friday Morning Book Discussion Group Books – 2012 / 2013

  •  Sep. 21 – Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Oct. 19 – A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
    Nov. 16 – Night by Elie Wiesel
    Dec. 21 – Inside the Kingdom by Carmen Bin-Laden
    Jan. 18 – Prague Winter by Madeline Albright
    Feb. 15- When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
    Mar. 15 – The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
    Apr. 19 – Paris, A love story by Kati Marton
    May. 17 – Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
    Jun. 21 – American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood by Marie Arana 

Friday Morning Book Discussion Group Books –  2011 / 2012  

  •  Sep 16 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebeacca Skloot
    Oct. 21 – The Help by Katheryn Stockett
    Nov. 18 – A thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
    Dec. 16 – Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
    Jan. 20 – Those who save us by Jenna Blum
    Feb. 17 – Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
    Mar. 16 – The Sweetness at the bottom of the pie by Alan Bradley
    Apr. 20 – The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
    May 18 – Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
    Jun. 15 – Skeleton at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

Friday Morning Book Discussion Group Books – 2010 / 2011 – Rating of the books read this past year are from 1 to 5, with 5 being most enjoyable. 

  • 4.40 – Amigoland by Oscar Casares
    4.11 – Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
    4.00 – The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    3.88 – A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
    3.66 – Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson
    3.50 – Run by Anne Patchett
    3.44 – A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
    3.25 – Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
    2.37 – The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
    3.50 – The Gathering by Anne Enright

Friday Morning Book Discussion Group Books – 2009 / 2010 Rating of the books read this past year are from 1 to 5, with 5 being most enjoyable.

  •  5.0 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
    4.4 – The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerrnan
    4.4 – Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
    4.2 – Five Quarters of the Orange – Joanne Harris
    3.9 – The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    3.9 – Waiting for Snow in Havana – Carlos M. N. Eire
    3.8 – Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
    3.8 – Telex from Cuba – Carlos Sire
    3.7 – Going after Cacciato – Tim O’Brien
    3.1 – The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

    To see more books we read in the recent years click here.