Book Group Goes to Yahoo Group Format
In order to make access easier to members of the UUFF Congregation to find out what the Book Group is discussing each month we’ve set up a UUFF Book Group Yahoo Group. All you need to do to join the Book Group’s Yahoo Group is to click on the icon below. Then you’ll be able to access the database of upcoming books, suggest books for the group to read, make comments on past discussions and be reminded when the group is meeting.
If you need any more information about the Book Group contact Nancy McShane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479-442-2114.
Click on the links below to check the catalog of area libraries.
- Bella Vista Library
- Bentonville Public Library
- Fayetteville Public Library
- Rogers Public Library
- Washington County Library
Planned books for 2014
APRIL 17, 2014 – The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell. (The author is so good let’s read more).
Based on a true story, this slim volume reimagines the horrific night when dozens were killed in a mysterious explosion at an Ozarks dance hall, the night “all hell came callin’.” Years later, in the summer of 1965, our narrator’s grandmother tells him her version of that night’s events and, eventually, the boy’s father encourages him, “Go on and tell it.” The result is a story of hard times and hard people, of secrets, betrayals, and revenge. The murky, resilient truth of that night ripples across the family’s future, unfolding on the page like a mash-up of Faulker, Flannery O’Connor, Johnny Cash, and the bible. This is an entirely original, brutal, and darkly elegant book, and Woodrell is a storyteller at the top of his game.
177 pages. Kindle – $11.04; HB – $18.54; PB – $11.87; CD audiobook $18.80; Audible audio edition $12.99. BVPL – 1 copy; BPL – 1 copy; FPL – 3 copies; RPL – 1 copy; WCPL – 6 copies, 1 electronic book, 1 audiobook
MAY 15, 2014 – Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. (A non-fiction book for Earth Day).
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
400 pages. Kindle – $8.52; HB – $16.62; PB – $11.34; Audible audio edition – $22.03. BVPL – 1 copy; BPL – 1 copy; FPL – 2 copies; RPL – 1 copy; WCPL – 3 copies
JUNE 19, 2014 – Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.
I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.
So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.
384 pages. Kindle – $8.99; PB – $11.88; CD Audiobook – $31.69; Audible audio edition; $19.09. BVPL – 2 copies, 2 electronic books; BPL – 2 copies, 2 electronic book; FPL – 1 copy; RPL – 1 copy. 1 electronic book; WCPL – 3 copies, 1 CD audiobook, 1 electronic book.
JULY 17, 2014 – Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. (A book-to-film).
There is a joyously madcap feeling to the first half of this unusual novel, but then the absurdity gathers its own speed and begins to run dangerously amok. Groom’s picaresque tale is told by an idiot, the Gump of the title, and follows his outrageous life from early stardom for Bear Bryant’s Crimson Tide, through a tour in Vietnam and across the broad canvas of America during the ’70s and ’80s. Like most literary idiots, Forrest Gump is a lot smarter than the people he encounters. He is also no ordinary idiot. Instead, he is a mathematical idiot savant, capable of outperforming NASA’s on-board computers, which is why Gump ends up on a space mission with an ape and the first woman astronauta mission that ends in the forests of New Guinea where Gump meets a Yale-tutored cannibal. All this takes place after Gump has met Lyndon Johnson and saved Chairman Mao from drowning, which is to say that this is a very broad satire.
257 pages. Kindle – $9.99; PB – $13.30. BVPL – 1 copy, 1 DVD, 1 VHS; BPL – 1 copy, 1 VHS, 1 music CD; FPL – 1 copy; RPL – 1 copy, 1 DVD, 1 Blu-Ray; WCPL – 2 copies, 2 DVDs, 1 VHS
AUGUST 21, 2014 – Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden (Non-fiction)
North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.
In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence—he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.
Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.
234 pages. Kindle – $8.00; HB – $20.29; PB – $10.24; Audio CD $23.55; Audible audio edition $16.48. BVPL – 1 copy; BPL – 3 electronic copies; FPL – 1 copy, 1 downloadable audiobook; RPL – 1 copy, 1 downloadable audiobook; WCPL – 1 copy, 2 CD audiobooks, 1 downloadable audiobook.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 – The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition by Upton Sinclair (A Banned Book).
For nearly a century, the original version of Upton Sinclair’s classic novel has remained almost entirely unknown. When it was published in serial form in 1905, it was a full third longer than the censored, commercial edition published in book form the following year. That expurgated commercial edition edited out much of the ethnic flavor of the original, as well as some of the goriest descriptions of the meat-packing industry and much of Sinclair’s most pointed social and political commentary. The text of this new edition is as it appeared in the original uncensored edition of 1905. It contains the full 36 chapters as originally published, rather than the 31 of the expurgated edition. A new foreword describes the discovery in the 1980s of the original edition and its subsequent suppression, and a new introduction places the novel in historical context by explaining the pattern of censorship in the shorter commercial edition.
368 pages. Kindle – $.99; HB – $17.99; PB (unabridged) – $3.00; PB (mass market) $4.46; Audiobook CD $23.28; Audible audio edition $2.99. BVPL – 1 electronic audiobook; BPL – 2 abridged copies; FPL – 3 copies (3 copies of Cliff Notes); RPL – 3 copies; 3 ebooks; 3 digital audiobooks; WCPL – 1 copy, 1 audiobook
OCTOBER 16, 2014 – Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill. (A non-fiction book-to-film. We will meet at 5 p.m. to view the film then at 7 to discuss the film & the book.)
On Monday morning, October 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. He opened fire, killing five girls and leaving the others critically wounded. He then shot himself as police stormed the building. His motivation? “I’m angry at God for taking my little daughter,” he told the children before the massacre.
The story captured the attention of broadcast and print media in the United States and around the world. By Tuesday morning some 50 television crews had clogged the small village of Nickel Mines, staying for five days until the killer and the killed were buried. The blood was barely dry on the schoolhouse floor when Amish parents brought words of forgiveness to the family of the one who had slain their children. The outside world was incredulous that such forgiveness could be offered so quickly for such a heinous crime. Of the hundreds of media queries that the authors received about the shooting, questions about forgiveness rose to the top. Forgiveness, in fact, eclipsed the tragic story, trumping the violence and arresting the world’s attention.
288 pages. Kindle – $10.49; HB – used from $.01; PB – $14.64; audiobook CD $41.75; Audible audio edition $13.69. BVPL – 1 copy; BPL – 0 copies; FPL – 1 copy; RPL – 1 copy; WCPL – 1 copy, 2 DVDs, 1 audiobook.
NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – Free Will by Sam Harris.
A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.
In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
98 pages. Kindle – $8.45; PB – $8.89; Audible Audio edition $6.58. BVPL – 1 copy; BPL – 0 copies; FPL – 1 copy; RPL – 1 copy; WCPL – 1 copy, 2 DVDs, 1 audiobook.
DECEMBER 18, 2014 – The Annual Dirty Santa Holiday Party – Choose a book that has meaning to you; it could be a favorite as a child, a book that changed your outlook or just one of your favorite books. It can be a copy off your own shelf or you can buy it new or used online or from one of the area’s great used book stores. Wrap it and put it under the tree. We’ll share holiday food & drink then unwrap the books—the giver letting the group know why the book is important to them. Always a great load of fun—everyone is invited.