Novel Circle

Literature is one of the shaping influences of life. Based on the belief that engaging discussions about good literature helps us grow, both personally and intellectually,  the Novel Circle operates as an affinity group within the UUFC community. All members and/or friends of UUFC who enjoy reading novels and discussing their relevance to our lives are invited to participate on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 pm via Zoom. Contact Gail Brownlee or Cindy Lee at for more information.

Upcoming books, with descriptions mostly excerpted from


June 2, 2021. One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain. In rural South Carolina, Sarah is left to care for a boy who is not her own. When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah must find a way to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah's fear of her mother's words "You ain't got you one good mama bone in you, girl." When Sarah reads in the local newspaper that a boy won $680 with his Grand Champion steer at the recent 1951 Fat Cattle Show & Sale, she sees this as their financial salvation and finds a way to get a steer to compete in the 1952 show. The young calf is unsettled at Sarah's farm, crying out in distress. Some four miles away, the steer's mother hears his cries and breaks out of a barbed-wire fence to go in search of him. The next morning Sarah finds the young steer quiet, content, and nursing a large cow. Inspired by the mother cow's act of love, Sarah names her Mama Red. And so Sarah's education in motherhood begins with Mama Red as her teacher. Emboldened by her budding mama bone, Sarah is committed to victory. 280 pages, 2017.


July7, 2021. Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community by Rhonda Robinson Thomas (non-fiction). From the 1825 establishment of John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation in upstate South Carolina through the integration of Clemson in 1963, African Americans have played a pivotal role in sustaining the land and the university. Yet their stories and contributions are largely omitted from Clemson’s public history. A Clemson professor’s public history project helped convince the university to reexamine the complex story from the origins of its land as Cherokee territory to its transformation into an increasingly diverse higher-education institution. Threading together scenes of communal history and conversation, student protests, white supremacist terrorism, and personal and institutional reckoning with Clemson’s past, this story helps us better understand the inextricable link between the history and legacies of slavery and the development of higher education institutions in America. 284 pages, 2020.



August 4, 2021. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. What if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, undoing old mistakes, realizing her dreams. She must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place. 304 pages. 2020.