We are a congregation of readers! Two book groups will gather this month, and the Currie Library book clubs have announced their selections for 2020-2021.
Have a look, pick something to read, and join in!
Women & living out loud
On July 10, Rev. Dolly Jacobs opens a five-week conversation for women on Jen Hatmaker’s latest, Fierce, Free and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You:
“In a society that pushes conformity, it can be hard — seemingly crazy, even — to walk out every gift, quirk, and emotion you have, to live out loud. So much of the time, we feel stuck in people-pleasing or fear, sometimes hiding or even pretending, then end up sidelined in our own lives. How can we be brave? How do we stop performing and start living?”
Jen Hatmaker was going to speak at the fall Montreat Women’s Conference, which has been canceled. Hear a podcast with her.
This group will gather Fridays, 9-10:15 am, on Zoom. Email Dolly at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Zoom link.
Men & the summer of 1968
On July 23 the Men’s Reading Group will discuss The River to Pickle Beach by Doris Betts. Local English teacher Richard Betts will lead. He says: “I thought the men’s book club would enjoy Doris Betts’ novel because it attempts to connect the fraught national events of the summer of 1968 – the assassinations — with the lives of ordinary, middle class North Carolinians. Doris Betts was one of my finest teachers at Carolina, and she is a fine writer of character and setting.”
The author was a novelist, short story writer, and essayist who was honored an Alumni Distinguished Professor Emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was nominated for the National Book Award for a different work. She is a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.
The men’s group begins at 5:30 July 23 on Zoom.. For info & link contact Rev. Neil Dunnavant, email@example.com.
Currie Library book clubs
These two groups celebrate friendship and fellowship while looking for faith messages and faith and experiences in different categories of books. The church has a task force working on reopening plans, so stay tuned for information on how we will meet.
MONDAY BOOK CLUB
- September 14: An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, facilitated by Rev. Alexandra Mauney
- October 12: The Autobiography of God by Julian Lester, facilitated by Genie Schwartz
- November 9: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plaque in History (1918 Flu Epidemic) by John M. Barry, facilitated by Nancy Mitchell
- December 14: The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge, facilitated by Rev. Neil Dunnavant
- January 11: Z: A Novel of Zelda by Therese Ann Fowler, facilitated by Jackie Wilson
- February 8: Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino, facilitated by Alexa Aycock
- March 8: The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival by Terry Roberts, facilitated by Betty K. Phipps
- April 12: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, facilitated by Lisa Witherspoon
Note: Monday members will join the Tuesday Club when author lee Zachariah leads. Read her book Across the Great Lake on your own.
TUESDAY BOOK CLUB
- September 8: Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Pattie Callahan, facilitated by Betty Morrow
- October 13: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, facilitated by Penne Prigge
- November 10: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, facilitated by Lisa Witherspoon
- December 8: The Second Mountain by David Brooks, facilitated by Rev. Neil Dunnavant
- January 12: Across the Great Lake by Lee Zachariah, facilitated by the author
- February 9: Factory Man by Beth Macy, facilitated by Shirley Spears
- March 9: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, facilitated by Cynthia Gray
- April 13: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, facilitated by Donna Chase
- May 11: Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor, facilitated by Nancy Kenerly
Here are more titles recommended by staff and book clubbers. Currie Library has copies of these; contact Nancy Fuller to arrange to borrow: 336.275.2111 or 336.478.4731.
- 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker
- The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton
- Faith by Jimmy Carter
- Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife by Bart Ehrman
- Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
- The Splendid and the Vile (about Churchill) by Erik Larson
- When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip