Our Book Club — The BookBums

We meet the third Friday of each month (except December) at 7:00 pm. Meetings are HYBRID: in person and virtually, on Zoom.

The recommender shares their research on the background of the book and author and leads the discussion, which often results in lively debate.

After a general analysis of the work, our conversation sometimes flows into personal applications of the book’s ideas.

Check our Reading List below to see this year’s selections and notices about special meetings and field trips.

For more information, contact Sandy Schriever directly. You can ask the UUFN Office to put you in touch with Sandy (email officeadmin@uufn.org or call 302.368.2984 during office hours).

In the list below, the date and discussion leader are followed by an Amazon link where you can go to see a description of the book.

Check the Delaware Library Catalog for availability in a variety of formats (books, audio CDs, HOOPLA, and electronic formats). audible.com and Kindle are other sources you can check.

2024 Reading List

Most books are available in multiple formats in the DLC (Delaware Library Catalog). If you have trouble locating or placing a hold request, call the library (at 302-731-7550) and ask for the Reference Desk.

For more information on a particular book, click its link.

Jan 19

Barbara M — Exposure by Robert Bilott; also a movie called Dark Waters

Feb 16

Elisabeth K — My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Mar 15

Jan O — The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui (New Castle County NEA (National Endowment of the Arts)  NEA Big Read: New Castle County | New Castle County, DE - Official Website

Apr 19

Sandy Schriever — The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb (Author coming April 30).

June 21

Pat D — The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Jul 19

Laura S and Deb C — Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, also a Netflix series - in Swedish with English subtitles)

Aug 16

Bev L — My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

Sep 20

Barbara G — Horse by Geraldine Brooks 

Oct 18

Sandy and Laura — Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Nov 15

Ann S — Along came a spider by James Patterson (also a movie)

Dec

Enjoy the holidays and read a good book on your own. No meeting.

2023 Reading List

Jan 20

Laura Stewart and Sandy Schriever — The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

Feb 17 

Jessica Myers and Sandy Schriever — Tisha by Robert Specht. Hoopla audio and 2 hardcopies available.

Mar 17 

Sandy Schriever — Fuzz by Mary Roach. NCC Read book. Hope to be getting our free copies very soon but there are multiple copies in the library system. Will have our annual Chase Center field trip on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Apr 21

Ann Schriever — The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore.

May 19

Barbara Gates — Oh,William by Elizabeth Strout.

June 16

Bev LaRock, Laura Stewart, and Sandy Schriever — Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

Jul 21

Laura Schriever-Stewart — A Man called Ove by Frederick Backman. (You can see the new related Tom Hanks movie, A Man Called Otto, which should be out around Christmas). We could also read Anxious People for those who have already read Ove and want something new.

Aug 18

Tery Griffin — Foster by Claire Keegan.

Sept 15

Jan Owens — The Overstory by Richard Powers. “The best novel ever written about trees” (Ann Patchett)

Oct 11

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout (might be interesting to read two books by the same author — see Oh, William above).

Nov 17

Sandy Schriever — Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark. Longish book so want to give plenty of time to read.

Dec

Enjoy the holidays and read a good book on your own. No meeting.

2022 Reading List

Jan 21

Sandy Schriever — Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Mar 18 

Susan Stoller and Sandy Schriever — This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.  Evening with the Author event on Thursday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

May 20  

June 17  

Barbara Morris — State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

July 15 

Ann Schriever — Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Aug 19 

Laura Schriever Stewart — Wish you were here by Jodi Piccoult

Sept 16

Sandy Schriever — Village School by Miss Read (AKA Dora Jesse Saint)

Oct 21

Sandy Schriever — Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon

Nov 18

Sandy Schriever — The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

2021 Reading List

Jan 15

Ann/Sandy Schriever — We Love Anderson Cooper: Short Stories or Other People’s Pets: A Novel by R. L. Maizes who will be joining us!

Feb 19 

Mary McMahon — The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Mar 19 

Susan Stoller — Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Apr 16 

Ann Schriever — The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry

May 21  

Mary Cannon — Becoming by Michelle Obama

June 18  

July 16 

Laura Schriever Stewart — The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Aug 20 

Barbara Gates — The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See

Sept 17 

Barbara Morris — Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

Oct 15 

Dana Ulery — The Night Watchman: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

Nov 19

(no meeting but will discuss The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins next year)

2020 Reading List

Jan 17

Deb Morris —  Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic  by Sam Quinones (non-fiction).

Feb 21

Dana Ulery — Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (fiction).

Mar 20

Ann Schriever — Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms  by Richard Fortey (non-fiction)

Apr 17

Sandy Schriever —  Their Eyes Were Watching God  by Zora Neale Hurston (fiction).

May 15

Kip King — The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez (fiction).

Jun 19

Anne Feurer — Where the  Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (fiction).

Jul 17

Barbara Gates — Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (fiction).

Aug 21

Theda Ellis  TBD.

Sep 18

Susan Stoller  TBD

Oct 16

Janine Howell-Conkey — Sweeping up Glass by Carolyn Wall (fiction).

Nov 20

Mary Cannon —  Gods of the Upper Air  by Charles King (non-fiction).

2019 Reading List

Jan 18

Dana Ulery — Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carrerou (non-fiction).

Feb 15

Anne Feurer — A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (fiction).

Mar 15

Ann Schriever — Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him To The Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (nonfiction).

Apr 19

Fran Barhydt — Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (fiction).

May 17

Barbara Ward — Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien (non-fiction).

Jun 21

Barbara Gates — A Taste for Death by PD James (fiction).

Jul 19

Theda Ellis — Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (non-fiction).

Aug 16

Deb Morris — Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (fiction).

Sep 20

Susan Stoller — The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (non-fiction).

Oct 18

Mary Cannon — Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (fiction).

Nov 19

Barbara Morris — Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (fiction).

2018 Reading List

Jan

Anne F.— The Heart: A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal.

Feb

Barbara M. — Cooked by Michael Pollan.

Mar

Sandy — Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Apr

Debra M. — Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda N. Adichie.

May

Fran — The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith.

Jun

Barbara G —  The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

Jul

Elisabeth —  Finding the Dragon Lady by Monique B. Demery.

Aug

Barbara W. —  Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.

Sep

Barbara G. — New and Selected Poems 1992by Mary Oliver.

Oct

Dana — Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild.

Nov

Elisabeth — This House Is Mine by Dörte Hansen.

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