GET YOUR COPY OF BRAIDING SWEETGRASS
The UUCY Book Club will meet again at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 12, 2023 in the Ann Ingham Corner of our current home at 407 North 1st Street, Yakima, to discuss the celebrated collection of essays by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Copies from the Yakima Valley Libraries Book Club set are now available for up to eight of our readers! Pick your copy up at Wednesday coffee or Sunday Service, or contact Susan for arrangements. Or get your own; Inklings Bookshop offers a discount to Book Club members.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. (390 pages)
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings–asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass–offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
Named a Best Essay Collection of the Decade by Literary Hub
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
“Her book of wisdom, knowledge and teachings celebrates life that is both ordinary — her simple days as a working parent — and magical, filled with many gifts from good-hearted communities. Her interactions, however, are not solely with human groups but are equally and necessarily with the natural world. She introduces readers to a language of flora and fauna that is readably right in front of them, and nudges — at times, urges — her readers to recognize an inclusive reciprocity with our environment. – Elizabeth Wilkinson, The Star Tribune
(Book information adapted from web pages for Inklings Bookshop and Yakima Valley Libraries.)
10 Plus Years of UUCY Book Club Selections
November, 2022 – Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Speculative fiction.
September, 2022 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Fiction.
July, 2022 – Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge. Historical Fiction.
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