St Paul's Book Club
ECW  Rainy Day Readers Book Club

Greetings Readers!

We had a wonderful discussion on Tuesday, "unpacking" our last selection, Interpreter of Maladies a collection of short stories written by a London born Indian woman. The stories touched on themes of acculturation, assimilation, Indian vs western traditions and customs. Oddly, we did not discuss the stories in the order the author presented but as we were moved and touched by them. We did spend time on each one though by the end of our conversation. Many of our readers shared that they are not such fans of the short story format but were glad they read the book!

I am including Ellen's wonderful synopsis of our next selection, Our Southern Home. How much fun it will be to talk to the author himself!

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 5th at Elaine Rock's home. She lives off Arata Lane on Brooks Road, very easy to find. We will have a carpool leaving from St. Paul's at 6:30 for our Healdsburg friends.

Please contact Ellen about ordering a book. She is the Amazon Prime "mastermind!"

all the best Rainy Day Readers! 



Good Morning Readers!

I hope you have all been enjoying the rain and our new book selection, At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. When I checked in at Levin & Co. there were 3 or 4 copies of the book in our slot on the book group shelf. To our new members, please ask anyone at the counter if you need help finding it. 

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00 pm. I am happy to host here at my house. As always, if any of you would like to have us meet at your home just let us know!

all the best,



Good Morning Rainy Day Readers!

Our November book was, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. It has been recommended by our own Shelley Bermudez and Katie Murphy. I've just started it and am already drawn in. On the back cover is a review by Abraham Verghese, the author of Cutting For Stone. He says, "This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece, it's many threads coming together so perfectly. Doerr's writing and imagery are stunning. It's been awhile since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion." 
We met on Tuesday, November 3rd. 
Linda Maxwell
ECW Book for August was:   The Woman Behind the Collar: The Pioneering Journey of an Episcopal Priest, by Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first female priests in England. It's out of print and not yet in digital form.  
We had a wonderful meeting/discussion last night about Joy Wallis, the author of The Woman Behind the Collar. It is such great fun to gather and talk about a shared book. We all have such different experiences and take aways from each of our choices.
We found 2 major differences between the Church of England and the Episcopal Church in the US:  In England, it is the main church of each neighborhood, so it automatically has a lot more people and action going on, while in the US, we are competing for parishoners between a variety of different styles of Christian churches. Also, the churches are funded differently. In the UK, money goes into a central pot, then churches are paid what they need for their programs, whereas in the US, each church is responsible for raising their own money, for the most part, so that you see huge differences between rich and poor parishes.
ECW Book for June 29th was:  A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki. Linda Maxwell hosted us at her house for our discussion. She specially ordered a "Hello Kitty" cookie cutter and made us sugar cookies. We discovered a lot of differences between the Japanese and American cultures that account for the ways that we communicate with each other, and within families. 
The ECW Book for April 7th was:   Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin 
We had a very enjoyable evening discussing the book, while hosted by 
Colleen Householder.
On January 27th, we had a very interesting and fun discussion of our 2nd book choice,  
Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and how it relates to issues of history, race, women, the church, and our present day lives.  
On a dark and stormy night, we ventured out on Westside Road to Bishops' Ranch. We had a fun evening discussing our first book,  The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus and the ideas and life experiences that it brought to mind.
Linda Maxwell supplied cookies in the shape of dog biscuits in colorful dog bowls.