Book Talks is an informal group that meets the second Sunday of the month after the service to discuss books selected by the members. While reading the monthly selection ahead of time is desirable, don’t stay away if you haven’t finished the book or haven’t read it at all. Your comments are always welcomed.

If you want lunch, bring your own brown bag. If you have any questions, call Clarissa Finco (706-543-6064) or email clarissa.finco@gmail.com.

This year the group will discuss the following:

September 8, 2019, Becoming by Michelle Obama

A single sentence catches the blend of what makes Michelle simultaneously admirable and adorable.  Recalling her teenage friendship with Jesse Jackson’s daughter, she says “Santita and I were all for strengthening the character of black youth across America, but we also needed rather desperately to get to the shopping mall before the K-Swiss sneaker sale ended.”

October 13, 2019, Monkey by Arthur Waley

This is an abridged translation of a sixteenth-century Chinese novel,  Buddha send a young pilgrim on a quest for sacred scriptures to enlighten the Chinese people,  Along the way, Tripitaka, the pilgrim, frees the Monkey King and helps liberate a captive princess.

November 10, 2019, The Library Book by Susan Orlean

At the center of the book is a seven-hour fire that raged through the Los Angeles Center library in   1986, destroying or damaging more than a million volumes. As the author reminds us, “People have been burning libraries for nearly as long as they have been building libraries.

December 8  2019, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Mrs. Bennet raised her five daughters with one purpose in life – find a husband.  When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, Surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the sisters, but when Elizabeth meets the handsome Mr. Darcy, the battle of the sexes is joined.

January 12, 2020, Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters by Christian Smith

Smith explores why humans are religious in the first place and offers an account of secularization and religious innovation and persistence that breaks the logjam in which religious scholarship has been stuck on for so long.

February 9, 2020, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The book is the fictionalized history of the Grimke sisters–Sarah and Angeline–who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and women’s wound around the intriguing narrative of young slave Hetty who was given to Sarah as an eleventh birthday present.  Both are punished when Sarah teaches Hetty to read. Sarah despises slavery,             

March 8, 2020, We Want to Do More Than Survive by Bettina L. Love

The author paints a clear picture of the systemic nature of racism in our educational system.  She examines the role of for-profit organizations in undermining learning and the role of whiteness in killing the spririts of children and argues that there is another way forward.

April 12, 2020, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Roy and Celestial have been married for little more than a year when they go to visit Roy’s parents.  Roy is falsely accused of rape and  tried and sentenced to 12 years in prison. At the onset of the sentence, both are hopeful, but over time, their bond begins to fray.  Released after five years, the two try to find harmony, but Celestial’s relation with Andre, complicates these attempts.

May 10, 2020, Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox

The story of how a 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 inspired by his medical training and was the hallmark of his famous creation, Sherlock Holmes.