Bethlehem Book Club

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Note: We will not be meeting in person during the COVID-19 situation. Please contact Mary Jane V. ( for more information.

Everyone is welcome! If anyone has any questions, recommended book suggestions, or would like to be added to the email list, please contact Mary Jane (

We enjoy discussing many types of books and welcome all to join us. Below is a selection of books weC BC_20181108_082325_001.c have read recently, and we always are looking for input on ideas to add to the list! Come join us whenever you can and remember to check this web site for the location and updates. We occasionally change meeting places from one coffee shop to another—but coffee is always considered essential!


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Remember to check back regularly for updates on books and dates!

During our Safer-at-Home order:

Join us on Thursday, June 10, at 9:00 a.m. for our discussion of The House That Love Built by Sarah Jackson. We will be joined by the author, Sarah Jackson, for our discussion! We will meet virtually using our Zoom connections and welcome all who are interested! Details of the meeting will be sent out by email; if you would like to be added to our email list, please contact Mary Jane (


2021 Book Selections

January: The Braid by Laetitia Colombani (french translation)

February: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

March: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

April: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

May: Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America by Maria Hinojosa 

JuneThe House That Love Built by Sarah Jackson

July: Indian Horse: A Novel by Richard Wagamese

August: One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker

September: The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back by Hannah Salwen and Kevin Salwen





Past Selections


2020 Book Selections

January: The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright

February: The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

March: Readers choice of any book by Toni Morrison

April: Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 1) by Louise Penny

May: The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz

June: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

July: God's Double Agent by Bob Fu

August: Sold on Monday: A Novel by Kristina McMorris

September: In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming

October: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

November: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Michelle Richardson or The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

December: Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer



2019 Book selections:

January: Sing, Unburied, Sing by J. Ward

February: A Year of Biblical Womanhood: by Rachael Held Evans

March: Cancelled due to weather

April: Cancelled due to weather

May: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover and The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

*June: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (From Books in a Bag)

July: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

August: Managed Care by Joe Barrett

September: This Is How It Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel

October: Cancelled due to weather

November: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

December: The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker


2018 Book selections:

January: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by J. Ford

February: The Underground Railroad by C. Whitehead

March: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by J. DeFede

April: House Girl by Tara Conklin* (Contact Deanna Hebbert for a copy)

May: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by G. Zevin*

June:The Elephant Whisperer by L. Anthony

July: Tulip Fever by D. Moggach

August: Before We Were Yours by L. Wingate

September: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by J. Fagone

October: The Alice Network by K. Quinn*

November: The Radium Girls by K. Moore

December: Manhatten Beach by J. Egan

*available in Longmont Books in a Bag

2017 Book selections:

January: A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman

February: The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield (note change in schedule!)

March: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

April: Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zukoff

May: Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza

June: Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

July: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

August: The Fever: A Novel by Mary Beth Keene

September: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

October: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (book in a bag; contact Colleen Beyer)

November: Millers Valley by Anna Quinlan

December: A Woman of God by James Patterson


2016 Book selections:

January: Illuminations by Mary Sharratt

February: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

March: Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

April: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

May: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

June: Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliott

July: The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas

August: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

September: A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community by Sr. Simone Campbell

October: Any book by Pat Conroy (members can choose one of his many books)

November: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Books in a Bag from the public library)

December: The Last Painting of Sara DeVos by Dominic Smith


2015 Book selections:

January 2015: cancelled due to weather

February 2015: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

March 2015: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

April 2015: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

May 2015: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Sink

June 2015: Kristen Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset

July 2015: The Lutheran Ladies' Circle: Plucking One String by Kris Knorr

August 2015: At the Water's Edge: A Novel by Sara Gruen

September 2015: Choose any book by Edward Abbey (Desert Solitaire was highly recommended)

October 2015: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

November 2015: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Lucy Bird

December 2015: The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin (short novella)


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