St Juliana Book Club

I'm starting a new Saint Juliana Book Club. The goal is to read a book every month or so.


 

April 2020 Selection

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Called by John Updike, “Graham Greene’s masterpiece,” The Power and the Glory, tells the story of an early 20th Century rural Mexico where Catholicism has been outlawed.  The last priest, known as ‘the whiskey priest,’ seeks to bring the faith to a suppressed people while eluding authorities who seek to capture and kill him.  Written in 1941, the novel received the Hawthornden Prize in British literature and was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century. 

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, April 4th at 9:30am in the back meeting room of the Saint Juliana Parish Center, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago.  If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

Save the Date: Our next book will be A Man Called Ove by Frederick  to be discussed on May 2nd.

May 2020 Selection

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

Written in 2012 by Swedish author Frederick Backman, A Man Called Ove was the #1 New York Times Bestseller, remaining on the list for 42 weeks.  Ove, a severe curmudgeon, finds his world and personality changed by the arrival of new neighbors.  This delightful, charming story will not only uplift the reader, but will provide, according to a review, “a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared with other people.”

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, May 2nd at 9:30am in the back meeting room of the Saint Juliana Parish Center, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago.  If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

 

March 2020 Selection

Our next book will be The Road  by Cormac McCarthy, to be discussed on Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am in the parish center.

A national bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Road is a post-apocalyptic story of father and son. The book, according to a review on Amazon, "boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, ‘each the other's world entire,’ are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation."

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself. For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am in the back meeting room of the Saint Juliana Parish Center, located at 7200 N. Osceola Avenue, Chicago. If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

February 2020 Selection

Our inaugural book will be The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West.  A novel written in 1959, the story follows a dying English priest sent by the Vatican to investigate an individual being proposed for sainthood.  The book sold over three million copies, received several awards, and was staged on Broadway.  The New York Times called it “a reading experience of real emotional intensity.”Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, February 1st at 9:30am in the parish center.


 

 

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