Book Group selections 2020

juNE - NOVEMBER 2020

If you like to read and discuss books, join the BJUMC Book Group. It meets monthly, usually on the 2nd Thursday of the month from September-November and January-May at 7:00 p.m. in classroom 3 /4. Members suggest which books are discussed- all types and genres are considered. New members are welcome!


Because we are all staying home due to COVID-19, we decided to add an additional date in June to our Book Group schedule. We will be discussing Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Since the social distancing precautions are still in place, Book Group will be held virtually on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Matt will set up the log-in link to join the discussion, and it will be emailed it to all current attendees of Book Group prior to the 15th. Contact Janet Kaefer (click to email Janet) for additional information, or if you also want to receive an email with the link. Our usual pre-discussion dinner at The Ridge restaurant is still on hold.


MONDAY June 15, 2020: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (led by Barbara Kleinert) From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.


THURSDAY, September 10, 2020: If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power (led by Art Martin)


THURSDAY, October 8, 2020: Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes (led by Connie Schmalz)


THURSDAY, November 12, 2020: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (led by Carol Lutes)

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