This past Saturday, the discussion group reviewed the 2008 book The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell
. The reaction was strongly positive; it is a witty and entertaining, but at the same time highly educational, look at the Puritans who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony and then the splinter colony at Providence.
A video of the author discussing the audio version of the book is online at:
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…and her interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show is at:
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It’s worth a look.
Our next fiction work will be The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
. I probably don’t have to say much about this best-seller except that those who have read it are eager to do so again, and those who (like me) have only seen the movie are also looking forward to it. Because of busy schedules around Thanksgiving, we will meet to discuss The Help on Saturday, December 17, at Panera’s at 9:30 AM.
- Steve G
After a thoroughly enjoyable discussion of last month’s The Year of Living Biblically – which I think we as a group would heartily recommend to those who have not read it – we turn our attention to one of the foremost Christian authors of the 20th Century, C.S. Lewis.
On Saturday, February 5, we will be discussing The Screwtape Letters, a relatively short work consisting of letters from senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, explaining how to best take advantage of human weaknesses in order to lure souls into sin and damnation. One of his most readable works, The Screwtape Letters should give us plenty to talk about.
As usual we will meet at Panera’s at 9:30 on February 5. Bring your appetites, ideas, and any interested friends.
– Steve Gruenwald