Book Club

The Columbine UU Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  Every month, a member proposes three to five books that the club may want to read and discuss at the meeting two months in the future, and members vote on which book they want. The member who proposed the book facilitates the meeting on the night that book is discussed, providing refreshments to fuel the discussion. There are always free-ranging discussions in which everyone is encouraged and allowed time to participate. There is a combined November/December meeting due to holiday activities.

You need not have read the book to participate, and visitors are welcome.  For information about the restaurant please contact Susan Stein, Book Club Coordinator.

The Book Chosen for the April 26th Meeting is
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

The story opens on New Year’s Eve in a Greenwich Village jazz bar, where Katey and her boardinghouse roommate Eve happen to meet Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a ready smile. This chance encounter and its startling consequences cast Katey off her current course, but end up providing her unexpected access to the rarified offices of Conde Nast and a glittering new social circle. Befriended in turn by a shy, principled multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single-minded widow who is ahead of her times, Katey has the chance to experience first hand the poise secured by wealth and station, but also the aspirations, envy, disloyalty, and desires that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her orbit, she will learn how individual choices become the means by which life crystallizes loss.

Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come. A love letter to a great American city at the end of the Depression, readers will quickly fall under its spell of crisp writing, sparkling atmosphere and breathtaking revelations, as Towles evokes the ghosts of Fitzgerald, Capote, and McCarthy. (From


The book chosen for the May 24th Meeting is
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Books Previously Read and Discussed by the CUUC Book Group Since January 2004
2017MarHillbilly ElegyJ.D. Vance147
2017FebThis Above AllMike F. Foster146
2017JanA Man Called OveFredrik Backman145
2016Nov-DecDollbabyLaura Lane McNeal144
2016OctBeing MortalAtul Gawande143
2016SeptThe Little Paris BookshopNina George142
2016AugustMistress of the Art of DeathAriana Franklin141
2016JulyPreparation for the Next Life (2014)Atticus Lish140
2016MayGulp, Adventures in the Alimentary CanalMary Roach139
2016AprCarnality: Dancing on Red LakeJosiah Hesse138
2016MarRemarkable CreaturesTracy Chevalier137
2016FebCrowBarbara Wright136
2016JanCloud AtlasDavid Mitchell135
2015Nov-DecThe MartianAndy Weir134
2015OctSoldier GirlsHelen Thorp133
2015SeptLife After LifeKate Atkinson132
2015AugGirl on the TrainPaula Hawkins131
2015JulyStation 11Emily St. John Mandel130
2015JuneWe Are All Completely Beside OurselvesKaren Joy Fowler129
2015MayGilead: A NovelMarilynne Robinson128
2015AprilNothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North KoreaBarbara Demick127
2015MarchBoy, Snow, BirdHelen Oyeyemi126
2015FebCaleb's CrossingGeraldine Brooks125
2015JanThe Night CircusErin Morgenstern124
2014Nov-DecThe Crow RoadIain Banks123
2014OctSnow Falling on CedarsDavid Guterson122
2014SeptThe Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeAimee Bender121
2014AugEmpire of the Summer MoonS.C. Gwynne120
2014JulyWhistling Past the GraveyardSusan Crandall119
2014June100 Years of SolitudeGabriel Garcia Marquez118
2014MayRiver of DoubtCandace Milard117
2014AprilClay's QuiltSilas House116
2014MarchWildCheryl Strayed115
2014FebThe Death of SantiniPay Conroy114
2014JanThe TechnologistsMathew Pearl113
2013Nov-DecA Tale for the Time BeingRuth Ozeki112
2013OctWillful BlindnessMargaret Hefferman111
2013SeptThe Orphan Master's SonAdam Johnson110
2013AugThe Samaritan's SecretMatt Rees109
2013JulyThe Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca Skloot108
2013JuneAnnabelKathleen Winter107
2013MayThe Geography of BlissEric Weiner106
2013AprilThe Paris WifePaula McLaine105
2013MarchThe SparrowMary Doria Russell104
2013FebAn Artist of the Floating WorldKazuo Ishiguro103
2013JanThe Education of Little TreeForrest Carter102
2012Nov-DecYear of the FloodMargaret Atwood101
2012OctThe Hiding PlaceTrezza Azzopardi100
2012SeptPeople of the BookGeraldine Brooks99
2012AugAmerican RustPhilipp Meyer98
2012JulyOnce Upon a RiverBobbie Jo Campbell97
2012JuneThe Big BurnTimothy Egan96
2012MayThe SojournAndrew Krivak95
2012AprilTruth and BeautyAnn Patchett94
2012MarchPostville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland AmericaStephen Bloom93
2012FebEye ContactCarrie McGovern92
2012JanEmpire FallsRichard Russo91
2011Nov-DecSolarIan McEwan90
2011OctLittle BeeChris Cleve89
2011SeptOlive KitteredgeElizabeth Strout88
2011AugUnaccustomed EarthJhumpa Lahiri85
2011JulyDaemonDaniel Suarez84
2011JuneCutting for StoneAbraham Verghese83
2011MayA Thief of TimeTony Hillerman82
2011AprilBreakfast with BuddhaRoland Merullo81
2011MarchAbout AliceCalvin Trilling80
2011FebOuliers: The Story of SuccessMalcolm Gladwell79
2011JanInfidelAyaan Hirsi Ali78
2010Nov-DecLove and SummerWilliam Trevor77
2010OctPope JoanDonna Woolfolk Cross76
2010SeptThe Art of Racing in the RainGarth Stein75
2010AugSarah's KeyTatiana de Rosnay74
2010JulyThe HelpKathryn Stockett73
2010JuneThe Godfather of KatmanduJohn Burdett72
2010MayWill the Circle be UnbrokenStuds Terkel71
2010AprilGhostwrittenDavid Mitchell70
2010MarchWhat is the What?Dave Eggers69
2010FebHalf Way to HeavenDave Obmasik68
2010JanThe God of Small ThingsArundhati Roy67
2009Nov-DecThe Happiness HypothesisJonathan Haidt66
2009OctThe OutlanderGil Adamson65
2009SeptThe Work of WolvesKent Meyers64
2009AugPaths of GloryJeffrey Archer63
2009JulyThe Book ThiefMarcus Zusak62
2009JuneTo SiberiaPer Pettersen61
2009MayLooking for SpinozaAntonio Damasio60
2009AprilAnimal, Vegetable, MineralBarbara Kingsolving59
2009MarchAngle of ReposeWallace Stegner58
2009FebOut Stealing HorsesPer Pettersen57
2009JanThe Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme CourtJeffrey Toobin56
2008Nov-DecA New EarthEdgar Tolle55
2008OctThe SoloistSteve Lopez54
2008SeptPeace Like a RiverLeif Engar53
2008AugZen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceRobert Pirsig52
2008JulyThirteen MoonsCharles Frazier51
2008JuneThe Plot Against AmericaPhilip Roth50
2008MayLongitudeDava Sobel49
2008AprilBlack Swan GreenDavid Mitchell48
2008MarchDog YearsMark Doty47
2008FebThe Street of a Thousand BlossomsGail Tsukiyama46
2008JanAtonementIan McEwan45
2007Nov-DecThe Great Railway BazaarPaul Theroux44
2007OctExtremely Loud and Incredibly CloseJonathan Safran Foer43
2007SeptThe Bookseller of KabulAsne Sierstad42
2007AugAssassination VacationSarah Vowell41
2007JulyThe Friar and The CipherLawrence Goldstone & Nancy Goldstone40
2007JuneThe AlchemistPaul Coelho39
2007MayThunderstruckEric Larsen38
2007AprilThe Milagro Beanfield WarJohn Nichols37
2007MarchThe Professor and the MadmanSimon Winchester36
2007FebA Primate's MemoirRobert Sapolsky35
2007JanThe Right NationJohn Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge34
2006Nov-DecSweet ThursdayJohn Steinbeck33
2006OctRising from the PlainsJohn McPhee32
2006SeptA Walk in the WoodsBill Bryson31
2006AugSaturdayIan McEwan30
2006JulyThe IntuitionistColson Whitehead29
2006JuneThe Bean TreesBarbara Kinsolver28
2006MayIn Cold BloodTruman Capote27
2006AprilHuckleberry FinnMark Twain26
2006MarchThe Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini25
2006FebUnder the Banner of HeavenJon Krakauer24
2006JanDeep SurvivalLaurence Gonzales23
2005Nov-DecShadow DiversRobert Kurson22
2005OctJob: A Comedy of JusticeRobert Heinlein21
2005SeptHarborLorraine Adams20
2005AugWhen Bad Things Happen to Other People/ or Moo John Portmann/ Jane Smiley19
2005JulyThe Hundred Secret SensesAmy Tan18
2005JuneBalzac and the Little Chinese SeamstressDai Sijie17
2005MayWest with the NightBeryl Markham16
2005AprilSnow in AugustPete Hamill15
2005MarchReading Lolita in TehranAzar Nafisi14
2005FebThe Killer AngelsMichael Shaara13
2005JanNickel and DimedBarbara Ehrenreich12
2004Nov-DecThe GiverLois Lowr11
2004OctThe Devil and the White CityEric Larsen10
2004SeptThe Shadow of the WindCarlos Ruiz Zafon09
2004AugTraveling MerciesAnne Lamott08
2004JulyEventideKent Haruf07
2004JuneDutyBob Green06
2004MayLittle Altars EverywhereRebecca Wells05
2004AprilDark Star SafariPaul Theroux04
2004MarchCry, The Beloved CountryAlan Paton03
2004FebThe Human StainPhilip Roth02
2004JanThe DaVinci CodeDan Brown01