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Support St. Luke's by purchasing your book, as well as other things, through Amazon by clicking  on the logo above.  This will take you to the Amazon website where a percentage of everything you order during that session will be credited to St. Luke's.   Please note, you need to come back here to click on the link to Amazon again for a portion of your next order to go to St. Luke's.

Friday, January 6th at 7 pm​

Strong Poison

by Dorothy L. Sayers


“A model detective story…Fascinating.”
—New York Times

The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fiction’s most enduring and endearing protagonists. Acclaimed author Ruth Rendell has expressed her admiration for Sayers’s work, praising her “great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and wonderful eye for detail.” The Dorothy L. Sayers classic, Strong Poison, is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master. In Strong Poison, Sayers introduces Harriet Vane, a mystery writer who is accused of poisoning her fiancé and must now join forces with Lord Peter to escape a murder conviction and the hangman’s noose. .

Friday, October 13th at 7 pm​

The Thurber Carnival
by James Thurber


"James Thurber was one of the finest humorists of the twentieth century (and a crack cartoonist to boot). A bestseller upon its initial publication in 1999, The Thurber Carnival captures the depth of his talent and the breadth of his wit. The stories compiled here, almost all of which first appeared in The New Yorker, are from his uproarious and candid collection My World and Welcome to It—including the American classic "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"—as well as from The Owl in the Attic, The Seal in the Bathroom, and Men, Women and Dogs.“

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Friday, December 18 th at 7 pm


The Towers of Trebizond
by Rose Macaulay


Join us to discuss this 1956 comic travelogue by a friend of E. M. Foster & Virginia Woolf (available in a Farrar, Straus & Giroux paperback) which was enthusiastically proposed by a steady member of the group.  ​

Friday, February 26th at 7:30 pm


Between the World and Me

by Atlantic correspondent

Ta-Nehisi Coates


In this story An Afro-American
dad coaches his mid-teens son on how to deal with racism.  It grows even more compelling toward the end of its 152 pages.

Friday, June 3 at 7 pm​

Persuasion

by Jane Austin


First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work. Its mellow character and autumnal tone have long made it a favorite with Austen readers. Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters, In Anne Elliot, the author created perhaps her sweetest, most appealing heroine.
At the center of the novel is Anne's thwarted romance with Captain Frederick Wentworth, a navy man Anne met and fell in love with when she was 19. At the time, Wentworth was deemed an unsuitable match and Anne was forced to break off the relationship. Eight years later, however, they meet again. By this time Captain Wentworth has made his fortune in the navy and is an attractive "catch." However, Anne is now uncertain about his feelings for her. But after various twists and turns of fortune, the novel ends on a happy note.
In Persuasion, as in such novels as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, Austen limned the plight of young women who could escape the constraints of family life only by marrying, and suggest the foolishness of women who believed they were free and not dependent on the financial and social resources of men. At the same time, Persuasion offers an ironic and subtle paean to the true love that enables one woman to rise above straitened economic circumstances and the stifling social conventions that restricted women to narrowly circumscribed lives in the common sitting room.

Sure to appeal to admirers of Jane Austen, Persuasion will delight any reader with its finely drawn characters, gentle satire, and charming re-creation of the genteel world of the 19th-century English countryside.

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Friday, October 30th at 7pm

All The Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Dooer


WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

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Friday, September 25th at 7pm

The Yellow Wallpaper 

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


Presented in the first person, this 6,000 word short story published in 1892 is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband (John) has rented an old mansion for the summer. Foregoing other rooms in the house, the couple moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment she is forbidden from working, and is encouraged to eat well and get plenty of exercise and air, so she can recuperate from what he calls a "temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency", a diagnosis common to women in that period.  She hides her journal from her husband and his sister the housekeeper, fearful of being reproached for overworking herself. Because it's a nursery the room's windows are barred, to prevent children from climbing through them, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, though she and her husband have access to the rest of the house and its adjoining estate . . .  With nothing to stimulate her, she becomes obsessed by the pattern and color of the wallpaper. "It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw – not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. But there is something else about that paper – the smell! ... The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell."


CLICK HERE to link to the full text of this short story that you can download, print or read online.

CLICK HERE to read "Why  I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper"

Selected Fridays once a  month

                               at 7:00 pm in the Fryer Room
Join this group for a lively insightful discussion of selected favorite books.  Second Looks at Favorite Books members nominate books that they have read and would like to reread and discuss.  Recent selections have included The Shack by William P. Young, Chesapeake by James Michener, 39 Steps by John Buchanan, Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  Meeting date is  determined on a monthly basis by the group.

Coordinator - Richard Quaintance   StLBookClub@StLukesMetuchen.org


Second Looks at Favorite Books