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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. Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m. at the home of the McShanes, 3524 N Dustin Way. For more information call Nancy at 442-2114 or 684-7988


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Planned books for 2015

JANUARY 15, 2015

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


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.

MARCH 19th

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.

APRIL 16th

The Mirrored World by Debra Dean

The critically acclaimed author of The Madonnas of Leningrad (“Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share” —Isabel Allende), Debra Dean returns withThe Mirrored World, a breathtaking novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia’s most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that recounts the unlikely transformation of a young girl, a child of privilege, into a saint beloved by the poor.

MAY 21st

Polaroids From the Dead by Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland takes his sparkling literary talent in a new direction with this crackling collection of takes on life and death in North America — from his sweeping portrait of Grateful Dead culture to the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe and the middle class.

For years, Coupland’s razor-sharp insights into what it means to be human in an age of technology have garnered the highest praise from fans and critics alike. At last, Coupland has assembled a wide variety of stories and personal “postcards” about pivotal people and places that have defined our modern lives. Polaroids from the Dead  is a skillful combination of stories, fact and fiction — keen outtakes on life in the late 20th century, exploring the recent past and a society obsessed with celebrity, crime and death. Princess Diana, Nicole Brown Simpson and Madonna are but some of the people scrutinized.

JUNE 18th

Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell

In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you’re born in Venus Holler, you’re not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won’t cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.

Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere. Jamalee thinks Sammy is just the kind of muscle she and Jason need.

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