NEXT BOOK DISCUSSION IN PERSON ON PATIO!
While we have been enjoying the convenience of Zoom, we have been missing the comradery of being and talking and laughing face to face. So our next meeting, Thursday, 6:00 PM on July 14 will be hosted by Susan Kaphammer at 629 N 50th Ave, Yakima. She will provide patio seating; others are invited to bring a small snack to share, your own beverage, and thoughts and opinions about the novel, Libertie.
For September we will consider an often-requested title, Where the Crawdads Sing, an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale.
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. Enjoy reading!
July 14, 2022: Libertie: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Coming of age in a free Black community in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, expects Libertie to go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and wonders, is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And, she is constantly reminded that, unlike her light-skinned mother, Libertie will not be able to pass for white. She accepts marriage proposal from a young man from Haiti who promises she will be his equal on the island, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it. Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge’s novel offers “a profound meditation on what it means to be truly free — whether born free or formerly enslaved, whether in America, Haiti, or Liberia — while struggling against grief, sexism, racism, colorism, or classism.” A New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2021 and Best Historical Fiction.
September 8, 2022: Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.
(Book information adapted from web pages for Inklings Bookshop and Yakima Valley Libraries.)
TEN-PLUS YEARS of UUCY BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS
May, 2022 – Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. Fiction.
March, 2022 – The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Fiction.
January, 2022 – The Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet. Fiction.
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 by Jennifer Egan. Historical Fiction.
September, 2019 – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Fiction.
July, 2019 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Historical Fiction.
May, 2019 –The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead. Fiction.
March, 2019 –The One-in-a Million Boy by Monica Wood. Fiction.
January, 2019 –The Other Einstein: A Novel by 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