Book Group selections 2021

january - february 2021

BOOK GROUP 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. We take the month of December off as that is usually a busy one for most.


Since social distancing is still required due to COVID, we will be meeting in January virtually on Zoom. Members suggest which books are discussed- all types and genres are considered. New members are welcome! Please bring suggestions for books for March through May 2021. The log-in link with the password will be emailed it to all current attendees of Book Group prior to the meeting. Contact Janet Kaefer at for additional information, or if you also want to receive an email with the link. Our pre-discussion dinners at The Ridge Restaurant are still on hold. Hope you all enjoyed the Holidays- and Happy reading!


January 12, 2021: All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Led by Janet Kaefer) A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! "In a time when all we want is hope, it’s a beautiful book to reach for." -Jenna Bush Hager “Literary sunshine.”—New York Times "Brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humor and love and yet (magically) also a page turner that held me captive until it was finished. This is Emma Straub's absolute best and the world will love it. I love it." —Ann Patchett 14 “An immensely charming and warmhearted book. It’s a vacation for the soul.”—Vox A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family--as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers. When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier.

Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three,

now-grown children. But to what consequence? Astrid's youngest son is drifting and unfocused,

making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her

own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one

else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones

that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid's

thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell

the truth to the people you love the most. In All Adults Here, Emma Straub's unique alchemy of

wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging

parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and

all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

February 11, 2021: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (led by Barbara Kleinert)

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