Feed and Read meets in Bethel’s library at noon on the third Monday of each month for lunch (bring a dish to pass or bag lunch) and a book discussion.
Feed & Read Book List:
September 18, 2017 The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
In this poignant parallel story to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy’s voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold’s; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths—about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And, finally, the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years.
October 16, 2017 This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
A quirky family in Madison, WI tries to navigate the unfamiliar territory with compassion and humor when their youngest son wants to wear dresses and dreams of being a princess,
November 20, 2017 Before We Were Yours: A Novel by Lisa Wingate
This book is based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. Lisa Wingate;s riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
December 18, 2017 The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in India to celebrate His Holiness’ eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?
**January 22, 2018 (note date change) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
In Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, readers are introduced to a protagonist whose lack of knowledge about basic social norms gives her a unique voice and perspective. Eleanor is a young woman living alone who has experienced something terrible. Whatever tragedy she has been through, the reader only sees snippets of its impact until the very end of the story. Most of the novel focuses on Eleanor spending time trying to come out of her shell, helped by the unlikely IT guy from her office and an old man they both help one strange day.
February 19, 2018 Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere—”within us and outside us, all around us”—and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it’s crucial, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”
March 19, 2018 The Girl with Seven Names Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee
As a child Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions indoctrinated in North Korea by the world’s most secretive and brutal regime. And yet, having survived the chaos, starvation and repression of the Great Famine, she dared to escape to China in 1997, aged just seventeen. Knowing reprisals for herself and her family would be lethal if she returned, this lonely, vulnerable teenage immigrant tried to make a life for herself on the run. Now an acclaimed international campaigner, her brave and remarkable voice testifies to past horrors and offers the most truthful account of ordinary life in North Korea.
We will meet to share lunch and discuss The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee. As a child Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions indoctrinated in North Korea by the world’s most secretive and brutal regime. And yet, having survived the chaos, starvation and repression of the Great Famine, she dared to escape to China in 1997, aged just seventeen. Knowing reprisals for herself and her family would be lethal if she returned, this lonely, vulnerable teenage immigrant tried to make a life for herself on the run.
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