Book Club

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 book 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 at Columbine’s book club 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 to attend book club.  For information about the restaurant please contact Susan Stein, Book Club Coordinator. 

Tallgrass: A Novel by [Dallas, Sandra]The Book Selected for the October 24th Meeting is:
“Tall Grass” by Sandra Dallas

“When the U.S. government establishes a Japanese-American relocation camp in Ellis, Colo., in 1942, Loyal Stroud takes a view apart from most other townsfolk. Having “the enemy in their midst” riles the locals, but Loyal believes the whole thing is plain wrong. Why not round up all the German-Americans, too, while they’re at it? Aside from civic issues, Loyal has to figure out how to harvest his beets, what with Buddy, his son, enlisted, along with his farm hands. Against prevailing sentiment, Loyal hires three young men from the camp.

“Their domestic harmony is rocked by news that Buddy is missing in action and—shockingly—that Rennie’s school friend Sally is found raped and murdered. Everyone except the Strouds and the sheriff believes “the Japs” did it, and the tension in town builds to the point of near-anarchy, when the local bigots get liquored up and try to take the law into their own hands.” (from “Kirkus Reviews”)

6: p.m. Dinner location Jin’s Asian Bistro, 8996 W. Bowles (Bowles Marketplace)
7:30 p.m. Book discussion. Dessert and facilitation by Cheryl Pilatzke


The Book Selected for the November 28th Meeting is:
“Look at Me” by Jennifer Egan

“In this ambitiously multilayered novel from the acclaimed and award-winning writer Jennifer Egan, a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, a virtual stranger in the world she once effortlessly occupied.

“With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threads Charlotte’s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image. There’s a deceptively plain teen-aged girl embarking on a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger who changes names and accents as he prepares an apocalyptic blow against American society. As these narratives inexorably converge, Look at Me becomes a coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity and imposture.” (from

6:00 pm Dinner
Marino’s Pizzeria, 9083 W. Peakview Dr., #7B
(West of Wadsworth)

7:30 pm Book Discussion.
Dessert provided by Jennifer Egan
Facilitation by Mike Foster







Books Previously Read and Discussed by the CUUC Book Group Since January 2004
2018SeptRadium GirlsKate Moore164
2018AugustOne Thousand White Women: The Journals of May DoddJim Fergus163
2018JulyThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins Reid162
2018JuneThe Secret ChordGeraldine Brooks161
2018MayDestiny of the RepublicCandace Millard160
2018AprilThe Newcomers, Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American ClassroomHelen Thorpe159
2018MarchThe NightingaleKristin Hannah158
2018FebruaryThe Ends of the WorldPeter Brannen157
2018JanFollow the RiverJames Alexander Thom156
2017Nov-DecSalt to the SeaRuta Sepetys155
2017OctOur Souls at NightKen Haruf154
2017SepThe Handmaid's TaleMargaret Atwood153
2017AugNews of the WorldPaulette Jiles152
2017JulComing of the StormMichael & Kathleen Geer151
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