Apostles Book Club

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Apostles Book Club (ABC) is to provide an opportunity to share our love of reading while building knowledge and growing spiritually. Our goal is to provide:

  • A welcoming and respectful environment for all adults, no matter what level of faith or knowledge
  • A place where we can fellowship and engage in no pressure, open discussion that will challenge us and move us to grow closer to God and each other as a community.

Our books will be selected monthly by the group and will include a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. New members are always welcome.

Meeting days and times: Third Wednesday of each Month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Our next meeting is October 18, 2017

Location: Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Church Library

Contact: apostlesbookclub@gmail.com

Upcoming Books: 

November  2017

Whistling Past the Grave by Susan Crandall

From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.  "A coming-of-age story as well as a luminous portrait of courage and the bonds of friendship. . . Susan Crandall tells young Starla’s story with pitch-perfect tone.  Like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Whistling Past the Graveyard is destined to become a classic.” (New York Times bestselling author Karen White)

December 2017

A Christmas Garland: A Novel by Anne Perry (14 copies available at the library!)

“An annual treat,” declared The Wall Street Journal of Anne Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries. Now she continues this magnificent tradition with A Christmas Garland, a yuletide tale set in exotic India. This time the mistress of mystery tells the story of a terrible crime that sets the stage for another: accusing an innocent man of murder.

January 2018

Wonder by RJ Palacio

"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller.

February 2018

The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowda

In her engaging debut, Gowda weaves together two compelling stories. In India in 1984, destitute Kavita secretly carries her newborn daughter to an orphanage, knowing her husband, would kill  the baby just as he had with their firstborn daughter. That same year in San Francisco, two doctors suffer their second miscarriage and consider adoption. They adopt Asha, a 10-month-old Indian girl from a Bombay orphanage. Yes, it’s Kavita’s daughter. In alternating chapters, Gowda traces Asha’s life in America—her struggle being a minority, despite living a charmed life, and Kavita's hardships, including several years spent in  Mumbai’s infamous slums. Gowda writes with compassion and uncanny perception portraying the vibrant traditions, sights, and sounds of modern India. -- Booklist

 Previous Apostles' Book Club Selections:

May 2014         Father Kapaun by Roy Wenzl & Travis Heying

Jun 2014          Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff                                              

Jul 2014           Something Other than God by Jennifer Fulwiler

Aug 2014          Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Sep 2014         The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Oct 2014          Tattoos on the Heart  by Fr Greg Boyal

Nov 2014          Invention of Wings by Sue Monk-Kidd          

Dec 2014          Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton

Jan 2015          Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Feb 2015          Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa

Mar 2015          Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer

Apr 2015          School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauemeister

May 2015         Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauemeister

Jun 2015          All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Jul 2015          Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Aug 2015         Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Sept 2015        The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Oct 2015          The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used

                                Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them by Erin Gruwell

Nov 2015         The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

Dec  2015        This Old Man by Roger Angell

Jan 2016          No Meeting

Feb 2016         Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Mar 2016         The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

April 2016        The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert 

May 2016         The Church of Mercy  by Pope Francis

June 2016        Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

July 2016         What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriarty 

Aug 2016         I'll Fly Away by Kelly Nielson

Sept 2016        My Name Is Lucy Barton by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout

Oct 2016         A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Nov 2016        Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles by Raymond Arroyo  

Dec 2016        Santa Clawed - A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown  

Jan 2017         The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck

Feb 2017         The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Mar 2017         The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman  

Apr 2017         Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist  

May 2017        A Thread of Grace by Doria Russell

Jun 2017         Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson

Jul 2017          The Shack by William P. Young

Aug 2017        I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair by Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck

Sept 2017       Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Oct 2017         America's First Daughter, A Novel by Stephanie Dray