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.

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.

2018 schedule

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Click here for our BOOK CLUB ARCHIVE of past choices.

July 19th - Holly's Porch, 7:00 pm
Appointment in Samarra, bu John O'Hara

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Appointment In Samarra, published in 1934, is the first novel written by American writer and Princeton resident John O'Hara (1905 – 1970). It concerns the self-destruction and suicide of the fictional character Julian English, a wealthy car dealer who was once a member of his town’s social elite.

September 20th - Library, 10:00 am
Washington’s Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer

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Pulitzer Prize (9 copies at MCL)

This is a riveting and beautifully written book.  You won’t ever pass a historical marker in Mercer County again without acknowledging it. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

“For those who always want more: In addition to reading Washington Crossing for our September meeting, Larry Kidder ‘s Crossroads of the Revolution tells all about Trenton at that time. It’s well researched and highly detailed, and just published… I’ve read both!”   - Sally Burkman

Oct 18th - Library, 10:00 am

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Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora's story m brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.