Reading Selections: 1st Quarter 2015

January 12, 2015

in the bleak midwinter.jpgIn the Bleak Midwinter

Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming

Fiction: 308 pages

From the Back Cover: “Heavy Snow…Icy Desires…Cold-Blooded Murder
“Clare Fergusson, St. Alban’s new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Miller’s Kill, New York. She is not just a “lady,” she’s a tough ex Army chopper pilot, and nobody’s fool. Then a newborn infant left at the church door brings her together with the town’s police chief, Russ Van Alstyne, who’s also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep of his hometown. Their search for the baby’s mother quickly leads them into the secrets that shadow Miller’s Kill like the ever-present Adirondacks. What they discover is a world of trouble, an attraction to each other-and murder…”


February 9, 2015

ta-henisi coates.jpgThe Case for Reparations

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Essay: 50 pages

The Case for Reparations was trumpeted well in advance of its publication via a most provocative trailer.  It made its literary debut as the feature piece for the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic magazine.  It blew me away shortly thereafter.  The subtitle says it all.  Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.  Compelling, controversial, and certain to generate a memorable discussion.  Let’s talk about it.


  March 16, 2015

secret daughter project final.jpg

The Secret Daughter Project

Secret Daughter

Author: June Cross

Non-Fiction: 304 pages

Secret Daughter

Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Fiction: 346 pages

The writing is on the wall.  The Monday Evening Book Group is breaking new ground, embracing intellectual terra incognito.  An experiment in form has been proposed.  Two authors and two tales. Fact and fiction.  A shared title, similar themes, and a discussion group divided.  Physical copies of the works and dossiers assigned by pure chance.  Won’t you please join us for a literary lab moderated by Annette Newcomb?


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4 responses to “Reading Selections: 1st Quarter 2015

  1. Joy

    I think the dates above should be 2015, not 2014.

  2. Phyllis Miyauchi

    Justice: what’s the right thing to do? There are about 7 or 8 copies in the system—maybe not enough. Very readable and can lead to lots of discussion. I hope to take a 7 week course around it this spring. Good non-fiction.

    • I will be providing copies of The Case for Reparations, so there’s no need to worry about that. I agree, the essay is compelling, lucidly written, and ought to make for a very memorable conversation. I must admit that it moved me to the point of tears. In any case, as promised expect a whole new kind of book talk this year… And finally, as ever, thanks for your input!

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