The St. Peter’s Book Group has been around at least 20 years, and is going strong. It meets the first Tuesday of each month, formerly at participants’ homes, and now on Zoom. The group reads both fiction and nonfiction books, most of which deal with moral or social issues. The list of 2021 books is below.
We have greatly enjoyed gathering in each others’ houses and sampling wine and cheese together, while having lively in-person discussions. We miss that during these pandemic months, but we’ve been meeting on Zoom, toasting each other there, and continuing to discuss the provocative or charming books we’ve picked out.
The St. Peter’s Book Group is set up to encourage readers to come and go as selections attract them. We welcome newcomers, occasional participants, and regular participants alike.
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Book Group Choices 2021
- The Garden of Evening Mists, written in English by Malaysian writer Tan Twan Eng. Novel set in Malaysia during and after World War II. For discussion in January meeting.
- The Plague, by Albert Camus. Novel, fictional account of a city in North Africa ravaged by Bubonic Plague in the early 20th For discussion in February meeting.
- Memorial Drive, by Natasha Trethewey. Memoir of about growing up biracial in America, culminating in murder of author’s mother. To be read along with Native Guard, a short volume of poetry by the same author “deeply focused on the racial legacy of America’s Deep South, particularly on the unreliability and mutability of memory.” For discussion in March meeting.
- Unorthodox – Memoir of a Hasidic woman, by Deborah Feldman. A memoir. For discussion in April meeting.
- Cry The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton. Novel set in 1940s South Africa, whose themes include racism, apartheid, and the kindness of many people. For discussion in May meeting.
- A Woman of No Importance, by Sonia Pernell. Nonfiction, biography of WWII spy Virginia Hall. For discussion in June meeting.
- The Rent Collector, by Cameron Wright. Novel about people living and working in a real life giant dump in Cambodia. For discussion in July meeting.
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo. Nonfiction book about poverty in Mumbai, India. For discussion in August meeting.
- Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America, by Catherine Kerrison. Nonfiction, biographical, about three daughters of Thomas Jefferson, 2 white daughters from his wife and one black, unrecognized daughter from Sally Hemings. For discussion in September meeting.
- 1066: Year of the Conquest, by David Howarth. History book about the Norman Invasion. For discussion in October meeting.
- The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling. A social satire novel about an election in a small town. For discussion in November meeting.