Novel Circle

If you enjoy reading and discussing books, we invite you to the Novel Circle!

 

Literature is one of the shaping influences of life. It is what truly makes us human. Based on the belief that engaging discussions about good literature help 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 books and discussing their relevance to our lives are invited to participate.

The Novel Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Founders' House. Coffee is provided. Participants often contribute a dessert or snack of some kind, although this is not required for taking part in the group.

For more information, email novelcircle@uufc.org.

Upcoming books, with descriptions mostly excerpted from Amazon.com:

 

August 5, 2020. The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of American women’s enfranchisement with this gripping book. In August, 1920 thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote. One last state--Tennessee—is needed for women's voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis"--women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation's moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation. This book follows a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle. 432 pages. 2019.

September 2, 2020. Origin by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." The evening's host is futurist Edmond Kirsch. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch's precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced to flee and embarks on a perilous quest to unlock Kirsch's secret. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade an enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain's Royal Palace. They uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch's shocking discovery...and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us. 656 pages. 2018.

October 7, 2020. The Emancipation of Evan Walls by Jeffrey Blount. Evan Walls is terrified by the birth of his first child because he doesn’t want her to suffer the isolation he had as a child. Seeing his torment, his wife, Izzy, prods him to explain. He tells of being a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s. Inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks, he dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small Virginia town of Canaan. He is resented by friends and family for desiring a life better than theirs. Among the smartest in his class, Evan becomes a target of white kids threatened by the forced integration of their schools. Caught in a crossfire of hate from whites and his own people, who question whether he is black enough, Evan is often alone and bewildered. Only the love of his great grandmother, Mama Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack, keeps him on track. Together, they help Evan find perspective and peace. 330 pages. 2019.

 

November 4, 2020. The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell. In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She’s spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries—and had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren’t coming home. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle.

In Annie’s hands lie the miners’ fortunes and their health, her husband’s wrath over her growing independence, and her own reputation as she faces the threat of prison and discovers a forbidden love. On her fierce quest for justice, Annie will discover just how much she is willing to sacrifice for her own independence and the families of Calumet.

From one of the most versatile writers in contemporary fiction, this novel is an authentic and moving historical portrait of the lives of the men and women of the early 20th century labor movement, and of a turbulent, violent political landscape that may feel startlingly relevant to today. 353 pages. 2019.

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