Book Talks 2020-2021 Virtual Schedule

Book Talks has met at UUFA for over twenty years! The tradition continues. For a link to this meeting online, email Shaye (uufa@uuathensga.org). For questions about the group, call or email Clarissa Finco (706-543-6064, clarissa.finco@gmail.com).

This year’s books are the following:

August 9, 2020 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

September 13, 2020 Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox

Mystery writer turned real life sleuth helps exonerate a man who has been wrongfully convicted of murder using the method of rational inquiry that was the hallmark of his famous creation, Sherlock Holmes

October 11, 2020 The Green Mile by Stephen King

From his nursing home, Paul Edgecomb, recounts his time as supervisor of E block,  death row or the green mile in a prison.  His goal is to provide an account of one time in his career when he had serious doubts about his job.

November 8, 2020 The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Fred Rogers’s shows blended puppets, songs, conversational lessons on everything from cleaning up messes to weathering divorce  and reassurances that kids are finet the way they are and refusing to advertise merchandise to his kids.

December 13, 2020 The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Cussy Mary Carter was born with a rare genetic condition resulting in her skin tinged an allover deep blue.  As part of a new governmental program airmed at bringing reading material, Cussy rides a mule over treacherous terrain, delivering gooks to people of limited means.

January 10, 2021 E = mc by David Bodanis

Most people know that the equation E = mc  is really important but don’t understand what it means. This paradox spurred the author to write an accessible guide for nonscientists.  In it the account of the development of the atomic bomb provides a fast-paced, suspenseful tale

February 14, 2021 Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

This novel shows readers what it is like to be an Asian American during the Golden Age.  Jo defies the stereotype of being docile and quiet.  Not only does she defy this stereotype of Asian women but she defies the gender stereotype of being a lady.

March 13, 2021 Sisters in Law by Linda R, Hirshman

The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl – transcends party, religion, region, and culture.  The first two women to serve on the Supreme Court transformed America making it a better place for women.

April 11, 2021 The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

A Zimbabwean woman is awaiting her execution on death row.  Her fate seems inevitable due to the public perception of her as a remorseless criminal.  For her appeal her lawyer tells her to write down her version of what happened from memory.  This project composes the book’s narrative.

May 9, 2021 Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Musk was often seen as  part playboy and part space cowboy.  He talked the biggest game in town but he also delivered no matter what stood in his way.  Of the people interviewed  for the book whether the loved or hated him, he  awed and inspired them.