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Book Club

The Columbine UU Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  Every month, a member proposes three to five books that the book club may want to read and discuss at the meeting two months in the future, and members vote on which book they want. The member who proposed the book facilitates the meeting on the night that book is discussed, providing refreshments to fuel the discussion. There are always free-ranging discussions at Columbine’s book club in which everyone is encouraged and allowed time to participate. There is a combined November/December meeting due to holiday activities.

You need not have read the book to participate, and visitors are welcome to attend Book Club meetings.

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Upcoming Books

April 24:  Grass Dancer by Susan Power

May 22:  The Wager by David Grann

Books Discussed by the Book Club

  • 2024
    • The Wager by David Grann
    • Grass Dancer by Susan Power
    • Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall
    • Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
    • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver​
  • 2023
    • The Measure by Nikki Erlick

    • State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny

    • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

    • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

    • Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

    • Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton

    • The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony

    • Neither Wolf nor Dog  by Kent Nerburn

    • The Murmur of Bees  by Sofia Segovia

    • Under the Udala Trees  by Chinelo Okparanta

    • Horse  by Geraldine Brooks

  • 2022

    • A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash

    • A Higher Call Adam Makos

    • Sea of Tranquility Emily St John Mandel

    • Search Michele Huneven

    • The Violin Conspiracy Brendan Slocum

    • The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett

    • Born A Crime Trevor Noah

    • Midnight in Chernobyl Adam Higginbotham

    • Legends of the North Cascades Jonathan Evison

    • Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why Laurence Gonzales

    • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell Robert Dugoni

  • 2021

    • The Pine Barrens  John McPhee

    • Tell The Wolves I’m Home Carol Rifka Brunt

    • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See

    • The Book of Lost Friends Lisa Wingate

    • Saints for All Occasions J. Courtney Sullivan

    • This Is How It Always Is Lauri Frankel

    • Across The Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border Louis Alberto Urrea

    • American Spy  Lauren Wilkinson

    • The Day The World Came To Town  Jim DeFede

    • Exhalation Ted Chiang

    • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Kim Michele Richardson

  • 2020

    • Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens

    • Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell

    • Blue Highways William Least Heat-Moon

    • Citizens Creek Lalita Tademy

    • The Heritage Howard Bryant

    • Barn 8 Deb Olen Unferth

    • The Night Watchman Louise Erdrich

    • Preparation for the Next Life (2014) Atticus Lish

    • The Library of Lost and Found Phaedra Patrick

    • Bonobo and the Atheist Frans de Waal

    • In the Garden of Beasts Eric Larson

  • 2019

    • The Lager Queen of Minnesota J. Ryan Stradel

    • Grandma Gatewood's Walk Ben Montgomery

    • Celine Peter Heller

    • The Sea of Tranquility Katja Millay

    • There There, a Novel Tommy Orange

    • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Katherine Boo

    • Beartown Fredrick Bachman

    • Ohio Stephen Markley

    • The Overstory Richard Powers

    • The Line Becomes a River Francisco Cantu

    • The Hummingbird's Daughter Luis Alberto Urrea

  • 2018

    • Look at Me Jennifer Egan

    • Tallgrass Sandra Dallas

    • The Radium Girls Kate Moore

    • One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd Jim Fergus

    • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid

    • The Secret Chord Geraldine Brooks

    • Destiny of the Republic Candace Millard

    • The Newcomers, Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom Helen Thorpe

    • The Nightingale Kristin Hannah

    • The Ends of the World Peter Brannen

    • Follow the River James Alexander Thom

  • 2017

    • Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys

    • Our Souls at Night Ken Haruf

    • The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

    • News of the World Paulette Jiles

    • Coming of the Storm Michael & Kathleen Geer

    • Homegoing Yaa Gyasi

    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie

    • Rules of Civility (2011) Amor Towles

    • Hillbilly Elegy (2016) J.D. Vance

    • This Above All Mike F. Foster

    • A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman

  • 2016

    • Dollbaby Laura Lane McNeal

    • Being Mortal Atul Gawande

    • The Little Paris Bookshop Nina George

    • Mistress of the Art of Death Ariana Franklin

    • Preparation for the Next Life (2014) Atticus Lish

    • Gulp, Adventures in the Alimentary Canal Mary Roach

    • Carnality: Dancing on Red Lake Josiah Hesse

    • Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier

    • Crow Barbara Wright

    • Cloud Atlas David Mitchell

  • 2015

    • The Martian Andy Weir

    • Soldier Girls Helen Thorp

    • Life After Life Kate Atkinson

    • Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins

    • Station 11 Emily St. John Mandel

    • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler

    • Gilead: A Novel Marilynne Robinson

    • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Barbara Demick

    • Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi

    • Caleb's Crossing Geraldine Brooks

    • The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

  • 2014

    • The Crow Road Iain Banks

    • Falling on Cedars David Guterson

    • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender

    • Empire of the Summer Moon S.C. Gwynne

    • Whistling Past the Graveyard Susan Crandall

    • 100 Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    • River of Doubt Candace Milard

    • Clay's Quilt Silas House

    • Wild Cheryl Strayed

    • The Death of Santini Pay Conroy

    • The Technologists Mathew Pearl

  • 2013

    • A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki

    • Willful Blindness Margaret Hefferman

    • The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson

    • The Samaritan's Secret Matt Rees

    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot

    • Annabel Kathleen Winter

    • The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner

    • The Paris Wife Paula McLaine

    • The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell

    • An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro

    • The Education of Little Tree Forrest Carter

  • 2012

    • Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood

    • The Hiding Place Trezza Azzopardi

    • People of the Book Geraldine Brooks

    • American Rust Philipp Meyer

    • Once Upon a River Bobbie Jo Campbell

    • The Big Burn Timothy Egan

    • The Sojourn Andrew Krivak

    • Truth and Beauty Ann Patchett

    • Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America Stephen Bloom

    • Eye Contact Carrie McGovern

    • Empire Falls Richard Russo

  • 2011

    • Solar Ian McEwan

    • Little Bee Chris Cleve

    • Olive Kitteredge Elizabeth Strout

    • Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri

    • Daemon Daniel Suarez

    • Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese

    • A Thief of Time Tony Hillerman

    • Breakfast with Buddha Roland Merullo

    • About Alice Calvin Trilling

    • Ouliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell

    • Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • 2010

    • Love and Summer William Trevor

    • Pope Joan Donna Woolfolk Cross

    • The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein

    • Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay

    • The Help Kathryn Stockett

    • The Godfather of Katmandu John Burdett

    • Will the Circle be Unbroken Studs Terkel

    • Ghostwritten David Mitchell

    • What is the What? Dave Eggers

    • Half Way to Heaven Dave Obmasik

    • The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy

  • 2009

    • The Happiness Hypothesis Jonathan Haidt

    • The Outlander Gil Adamson

    • The Work of Wolves Kent Meyers

    • Paths of Glory Jeffrey Archer

    • The Book Thief Marcus Zusak

    • To Siberia Per Pettersen

    • Looking for Spinoza Antonio Damasio

    • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Barbara Kingsolving

    • Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner

    • Out Stealing Horses Per Pettersen

    • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court Jeffrey Toobin

  • 2008

    • A New Earth Edgar Tolle

    • The Soloist Steve Lopez

    • Peace Like a River Leif Engar

    • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert Pirsig

    • Thirteen Moons Charles Frazier

    • The Plot Against America Philip Roth

    • Longitude Dava Sobel

    • Black Swan Green David Mitchell

    • Dog Years Mark Doty

    • The Street of a Thousand Blossoms Gail Tsukiyama

    • Atonement Ian McEwan

  • 2007

    • The Great Railway Bazaar Paul Theroux

    • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer

    • The Bookseller of Kabul Asne Sierstad

    • Assassination Vacation Sarah Vowell

    • The Friar and The Cipher Lawrence Goldstone & Nancy Goldstone

    • The Alchemist Paul Coelho

    • Thunderstruck Eric Larsen

    • The Milagro Beanfield War John Nichols

    • The Professor and the Madman Simon Winchester

    • A Primate's Memoir Robert Sapolsky

    • The Right Nation John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge

  • 2006

    • Sweet Thursday John Steinbeck

    • Rising from the Plains John McPhee

    • A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

    • Saturday Ian McEwan

    • The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead

    • The Bean Trees Barbara Kinsolver

    • In Cold Blood Truman Capote

    • Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

    • The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

    • Under the Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer

    • Deep Survival Laurence Gonzales

  • 2005

    • Shadow Divers Robert Kurson

    • Job: A Comedy of Justice Robert Heinlein

    • Harbor Lorraine Adams

    • When Bad Things Happen to Other People John Portmann

    • Moo Jane Smiley

    • The Hundred Secret Senses Amy Tan

    • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie

    • West with the Night Beryl Markham

    • Snow in August Pete Hamill

    • Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi

    • The Killer Angels Michael Shaara

    • Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich

  • 2004

    • The Giver Lois Lowr

    • The Devil and the White City Eric Larsen

    • The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    • Traveling Mercies Anne Lamott

    • Eventide Kent Haruf

    • Duty Bob Green

    • Little Altars Everywhere Rebecca Wells

    • Dark Star Safari Paul Theroux

    • Cry, The Beloved Country Alan Paton

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