Parents Book Group, 2014-2015

All parents, teachers and staff are invited to join the monthly disscusions of the Parents' Book Group, which is led by Bridget Clark, Upper School English Department Head. Discussions are lively and informal. For more information, contact Bridget.

August 26, Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Jackson National Golf Club, 307 Henderson Rd.

September 29, Monday, 6 p.m.: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, home of Mary Reed, 25 Mallory Dr.

October 27, Monday, 6 p.m.: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, home of Nancy McMahon, 8 Laurelwood Cv.

December 1, Monday, 6 p.m.: Americanah by C. Adichie, home of Lynn White, 25 Ridgeland Cv.

January 27, Tuesday, 6 p.m.: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, home of Sheri Brause, 28 Kensington.

February 23, Monday, 6 p.m.: A Chance of Rain by local author Gary Cook, home of Linda Rizzuto, 526 Waynick Rd.

March 30, Monday, 6 p.m.:The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, home of Bridget Clark, 45 Willowridge.

Your're invited! Read the selected book, join monthly discussions.

Lynn White, the mother of three USJ graduates, tries not to miss a Parents Book Club meeting.

“I have enjoyed making friends,” White said. “I love the fellowship as we discuss books and enjoy dinner together. We always have a great time.”

White has been attending book club meetings since before her son, Andrew, graduated in 1999. Her daughter, Leah, graduated in 1995, and her oldest son, Bo, graduated in 1992.

The Parents Book Club, which includes alumni parents, faculty, and friends of USJ, meets monthly during the school year. Meetings include a bring-a-dish dinner and rotate among the group members’ homes. The next meeting is September 29; the book is The Orphan Train. Newcomers are welcome to attend.

The book club, which started about 20 years ago, is led by Upper School English Department Chair Bridget Clark. The book group often reads books that are being considered for Upper School reading.

“The book club provides a forum for parents to offer opinions and provide support for the English Department if questions arise,” Clark said. “It gives us a group for researching and determining new titles for study.” It also provides enrichment for those who participate.

For more information about the book club, go to the book club link in the Parents section of the USJ website. The group recently compiled a list of suggested reading for those who are looking for a new title. All of the books on the list were read and recommended by the group.

The group also has a Facebook page for book discussions.

Favorite Books

The Parents Book Group has read and discussed many books since we began meeting. Here is a list of our favorite reads by the author's last name …

Alighieri, Dante: Inferno
Allende, Isabel: House of the Spirits
Anaya, Rudolfo: Bless Me, Ultima
Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaids Tale
Austen, Jane: Pride & Prejudice
Baker, Larry: The Flamingo Rising
Berendt, John: Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil
Bradley, Marion Zimmer: Mists of Avalon
Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre
Card, Orson Scott: Enders Game
Chopin, Kate: The Awakening
Christie, Agatha: Murder of the Orient Express
Clancy, Tom: Patriot Games
Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games
Cook, Gary: Wounded Moon
Courtenay, Bryce: The Power of One
du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca
Diamant, Anita: The Red Tent
Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie
Edgerton, Clyde: Walking Across Egypt
Follett, Ken: Pillars of the Earth
Gibbons, Kaye: Ellen Foster
Grisham, John: A Time to Kill
Hillenbrand, Laura: Unbroken
Hosseini, Khaled:The Kite Runner
Lowry, Lois: The Giver
Kaye, M.M.: The Far Pavilions
Kidd, Sue Monk: The Secret Life of Bees
Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible
Kittle, Katrina: The Kindness of Strangers
Lee, Harper: To Kill A Mockingbird
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: 100 Years of Solitude
McCarthy, Cormac: All the Pretty Horses 
McCarthy, Cormac: The Road
McEwan, Ian: Atonement
Mitchell, Margaret: Gone with the Wind
Morrison, Tim: Bluest Eye
Morrison, Toni: Beloved
O’Brien, Tim: The Things They Carried
O’Connor, Flannery: Wise Blood
Patchett, Ann:  Bel Canto
Paton, Alan: Cry, the Beloved Co.
Reynolds, Sherri: The Rapture of Canaan
Rolvaag, Ole: Giants in the Earth
Rowling, J.K.: Goblet of Fire
Ryan, Pam Munoz: Esperanza Rising
Sams, Ferrol: Run with the Horsemen
Shakespeare, William: Hamlet
Steinbeck, John: The Moon is Down
Stewart, Mary: The Crystal Cave
Stockett, Kathryn: The Help
Stoker, Bram:     Dracula
Tennyson, Alfred Lord: Idylls of the King
Walker, Alice: The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome
Wiesel, Elie: Night
Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Uris, Leon: Exodus
Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief