Book Club

meets monthly


St. Matthew’s Book Club is open to all interested readers and meets monthly in the Church library or Classroom C on the third Thursday of the month. Our reading selections offer a way to explore books through fellowship and discussion and are led by a different parishioner each month.  Our discussions are lively and have been thought provoking and enlightening.

Contact Holly Weise (609-737-1064) for more information or suggestions.

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All are welcome!  If you are attending for the first time, please call Holly to confirm the date. The dates and selections appear below and usually appear in the Sunday bulletin and monthly newsletter.

2019 schedule

Click on a title/author below for the web page

Click here for our BOOK CLUB ARCHIVE for some of our past choices.

All meetings are in the library on Thursdays at 10:00 am. We fluctuate between the third and fourth Thursdays of the month, depending on when the library is available.

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If These Stones Could Talk
Thursday, Sep 12th 10:30 am
Library or Belmont Hall

If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey - Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills Barbara V.O. has arranged for the authors to join our discussion. Cemeteries have stories to tell, voices to unearth--and lessons from the past that we can draw upon to better shape the future. If These Stones Could Talk brings fresh light to a forgotten corner of American history that begins in a small cemetery in central New Jersey. You can purchase the book directly from Bev Mills. You may contact her via email at There will be a free will offering at the meeting.

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The Rector of Justin: A Novel by Louis Auchincloss 
Thursday, Oct 17th 10:00 am

Regarded as one of Louis Auchincloss's most accomplished novels, The Rector of Justin centers on Frank Prescott, the founder of a venerable Episcopal boarding school for boys. Eighty years of his life unfold through the observations of six narrators, each with a unique perspective on the man, his motivations, and the roots of his triumphs and failings.

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Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
Thursday November 21st
10: 00 am
Library - Moderated by Ophelia

Reminiscent of both Colm Toibin’s “Brooklyn” and Matthew Thomas’s “We Are Not Ourselves,” this enveloping novel follows a fraught Irish family through unimaginable trials. It introduces its two main characters as young sisters ready to emigrate from Ireland to America, and follows them through the rest of their lives. All of Sullivan’s characters leap off the page. You don’t read this book; you breathe it.” –Janet Maslin, The New York Times, Critic’s Picks 2017

J.Courtney Sullivan will be the speaker at the Hopewell Valley Education Foundation’s Book Lovers Luncheon. The event will be held this year on Sunday afternoon, November 24th (the Sunday before Thanksgiving) from 11:30 – 3:00, once again at the Cobblestone Creek Country Club (former Greenacres).

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - A Novel by Dai Sijie
December - TBD

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. It tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they secretly devour these banned works, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined.