Book Club

Contemporary Book Club

Westside’s Contemporary Book Club is open to all book loving UU’s in the area.  The group selects upcoming books based upon attendee suggestions.  The person who suggests the chosen book is asked to lead the discussion of his/her book and provide a short write-up of the book for this webpage. 

Our books cover a wide range of literature genres, both fiction and nonfiction.  We try to find books that are easily acquired and not too expensive.  The mission of the book club is to acquaint members with a wide variety of books and authors that they might not ordinarily read and to get better acquainted with book club members.  If you like to read books, we welcome your participation.  We meet the fourth Sunday of the month at 11:30 am.  For more information, contact Linda Hanratty at for more information.  Visitors are always welcome and no rsvp is required.

Cutting for Stone Book Cover.jpgThe Contemporary Book Club will have its November-December meeting on December 13, 2020, at 11:30 via Zoom.

We will be discussing Cutting for Stone, a sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel - an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home  by Dr. Abraham Verghese.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.  It is an unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

We are always looking for more people to join our lively discussions on fiction and nonfiction books of interest to the group. 

Please read these charming books and join us for a lively discussion after the online service at 11:30 am on the 4th Sunday of the month via Zoom.  Contact Linda Hanratty for more information.