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 July 26th meeting is
Coming of the Storm by Michael and Kathleen Geer

In their first book of a planned epic series about the European explorers’ conquest of the Native Americans, the archeologist husband-and-wife bestselling writing team (People of the Thunder) follow Black Shell, a wandering, mystical trader of the Chicaza clan who in 1539 first clashes with Hernando de Soto and his Conquistadors invading south Florida. Enslaved and cruelly mistreated by de Soto, Black Shell is soon freed by his extraordinary mate, Pearl Hand. Emboldened by his powerful Spirit dreams, Black Shell, aided by wily feminist Pearl Hand, swears revenge for the atrocities committed against the Native Americans and vows to defeat the brutal de Soto. De Soto obsesses over acquiring gold and spreading Catholicism in his armed scuffles with Black Shell and his intrepid band called the Orphans, a struggle cast as a traditional good versus evil showdown. The rich historical details and keen characterizations are offset by the graphic depictions of battlefield violence and social cruelty in this smooth, brisk-paced narrative that should generate wide appeal to American historical fiction fans. (Publisher’s Weekly)

 

 

 

 


The book chosen for August 30th is
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Captain Jefferson Kyle is a war-weary widower, traveling from town to town reading relevant bits of news to paying customers. In one such town he is given a $50 dollar gold piece to ferry a kidnapped girl back to what’s left of her family–her parents and sister having been murdered by members of the Kiowa tribe–who spare the then 6-year-old and raise her as one of their own. Fast-forward four years and tribe life is the only life she knows, so she’s not about to go quietly with a stranger who doesn’t speak her language, whose motives she does not trust, and to a place that is not what she now considers home. Thus begins a seemingly ill-advised but transformative road trip where the mismatched pair eventually form and uneasy truce, then a not-so begrudging alliance, and finally something more wonderful that neither Captain nor kid could have imagined. — Erin Kodicek, The Amazon Book Review

 

 

 

 


Books Previously Read and Discussed by the CUUC Book Group Since January 2004
YearMonthTitleAuthor(s)Seq
2017JuneHomegoingYaa Gyasi 150
2017MayThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman Alexie149
2017AprRules of Civility (2011)Amor Towles148
2017MarHillbilly Elegy (2016)J.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