BOOKS CHOSEN TO BEGIN A NEW YEAR OF READING

“I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

 Share the “paradise” of reading with the UUCY Book Club!  Drop in by Zoom at 6:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every other month to join the chat about our current read.  Check your Thursday update for the Zoom link.

Titles selected are available from Yakima Valley Libraries, often in hardcopy and electronic versions.  They are also out in paperback and available through Inklings Bookshop at a “Book Club Member” discount. 

January 11, 2022: A Children’s Bible: A Novel by Lydia Millet

A Children’s Bible follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion.  The age-old war between kids and their parents, children and adults, is reimagined through the lens of Biblical devastation. The result is harrowing and, in unexpected moments, hilarious. Millet has created a story that feels both folkloric and brand new, a tale as much about environmental cataclysm as it is about fighting for the people, things, and ideas that remain right and true, no matter how high the water gets.

“With this slim yet potent book, [Millet] shows it is even possible to coax pleasure and beauty from the uncomfortable work of highlighting unfortunate truths.” — Emily Bobrow – Wall Street Journal

March 8, 2022: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.

A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself.  Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.  But then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore.

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love–love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

(Book information adapted from web pages for Inklings Bookshop and Yakima Valley Libraries.)

TEN-PLUS YEARS of UUCY BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS

2019-2021

November, 2021 – Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Historical Fiction.
September, 2021 – The Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted by Robert Hillman. Fiction.
July, 2021 – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. Fiction.
May, 2021 – 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds In This Strange World by Elif Shafak. Fiction.
March, 2021 – Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles. Historical Fiction.
January, 2021 – The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. Fiction.
November, 2020 – Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Nonfiction.
September, 2020 – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Humorous Fiction.
July, 2020 – The Overstory by Richard Powers. Fiction.
May, 2020 – Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Dystopian Fiction.
March, 2020 – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Historical Fiction.
January, 2020 – Educated by Tara Westover. Memoir
November, 2019- Manhattan Beach, A Novel, Jennifer Egan, Historical Fiction
September, 2019- Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, Fiction
July, 2019-A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles, Historical Fiction
May, 2019-The Underground Railroad: A Novel, Colson Whitehead, Fiction
March, 2019-The One-in-a Million Boy, Monica Wood, Fiction
January, 2019-The Other Einstein: A Novel, Marie Benedict, Historical Fiction

November, 2018-A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, Fiction
September, 2018-White Trash: The 400-year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg, Nonfiction
July, 2018-Beartown, Fredrik Backman, Fiction
May, 2018- H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald, Memoir
March, 2018-The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd, Fiction
January, 2018-Orhan’s Inheritance, Aline Ohanesian, Fiction
November, 2017-Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon, Fiction
September, 2017-You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie, Memoir
July, 2017-My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, Fredrik Backman, Fiction
May, 2017-The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Fiction
March, 2017-House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III, Fiction
January, 2017-Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Fiction
November, 2016-Remarkable Creatures,Tracy Chevalier, Historical Fiction
September, 2016-Maphead, Ken Jennings, Nonfiction
July, 2016-Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson, Fiction
May, 2016-I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai, Memoir
March, 2016-Plainsong, Kent Haruf, Fiction
January, 2016-The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver, Fiction
November, 2015-The Martian, Andy Weir, Science Fiction
October, 2015-Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, Historical Fiction
August, 2015-The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown, Nonfiction
June, 2015-The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,Jonas Jonasson, Comic Fiction
April, 2015-All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, Historical Fiction
February, 2015-Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline, Historical Fiction
December, 2014-Life After Life, Kate Atkinson, Fiction
October, 2014-My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor, Memoir
August, 2014-Nation, Terry Pratchett, Fiction
June, 2014-Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Fiction
April, 2014-Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks, Historical Fiction
February, 2014-The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Jose Saramago, Fiction
November, 2013-Into the Beautiful North, Luis Alberto Urrea, Fiction
October, 2013-The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton, Fiction
August, 2013-The Lotus Eaters, Tatjana Soli, Historical Fiction
May, 2013-Woodsburner, John Pipkin, Historical Fiction
March, 2013-Carry the One, Carol Anshaw, Fiction
January, 2013-The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, Historical Fiction
October, 2012-West of Here, Jonathan Evison, Fiction
August, 2012-Train Dreams, Denis Johnson, Fiction
July, 2012-State of Wonder, Anne Patchett, Fiction
May, 2012-Acts of Faith, Eboo Patel, Biography
March, 2012-The Women in White, Wilkie Collins, Fiction
January, 2012-Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel, Historical Fiction
November, 2011-The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald,Fiction
September, 2011-Border Songs, Jim Lynch, Fiction
July, 2011-The Known World, Edward P. Jones, Historical Fiction
May, 2011-Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese, Fiction
March, 2011-Half Broke Horses, Nannette Walls, Historical Fiction
January, 2011-The Bright Forever, Lee Martin, Fiction
2010-The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig, Historical Fiction
2010-In the Land of the Grasshopper Song: Two Women in the Klamath River Indian Country in 1908-09, Mary Ellicott Arnold and Mabel Reed, Memoir
2010-The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, Fiction
2010-Lottery, Patricia Wood, Fiction
2010-The Tortilla Curtain, T. C. Boyle, Fiction
2010-The Highest Tide, Jim Lynch, Fiction
2009-Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star Gazer, Sena Jeter Naslund Fiction
2009-Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore, Comic Fiction