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.
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.
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September 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award
One of the greatest things a novel can do is to raise empathy in a reader. Behold the Dreamers does that slowly and surely. It is a novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.
October 19 - 7:00 pm in the Church Library
Hillbilly Elegy by J.B. Vance
“Vance’s description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history.” David Brooks, New York Times
“[Hillbilly Elegy] couldn’t have been better timed...a harrowing portrait of much that has gone wrong in America over the past two generations...an honest look at the dysfunction that afflicts too many working-class Americans.” National Review
[A]n American classic, an extraordinary testimony to the brokenness of the white working class, but also its strengths. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read… T]he most important book of 2016. You cannot understand what’s happening now without first reading J.D. Vance. Rod Dreher,The American Conservative
“J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy”, offers a starkly honest look at what that shattering of faith feels like for a family who lived through it. You will not read a more important book about America this year.” The Economist
“[Hillbilly Elegy] is a beautiful memoir but it is equally a work of cultural criticism about white working-class America….[Vance] offers a compelling explanation for why it’s so hard for someone who grew up the way he did to make it…a riveting book.” Wall Street Journal
November 16, 7:00 pm Classroom
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
"[An] exquisite book...An intimate glimpse into the minds of two of the world's spiritual guides, and their foundation for an attainable and practical approach to experiencing a more enriching and sustainable life of abundant joy."
"This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it."
December - Date to be decided
An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
Dillard's luminous memoir of her childhood captures growing up in the 1950s in Pittsburg. Dillard's parents helped her acquire a love of nature and a taut sensitivity. The events of childhood often loom larger than life; the magic of Dillard's writing is that she sets down typical childhood happenings with their original immediacy and force.