Circle of Friends Book Club

Next bookclub meeting: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7 pm at the Bahá’í Center. We will be discussing The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead OR The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. All are welcome!

The Circle of Friends Book Club is one of the many groups that are meeting at the Baha’i Center of Washtenaw County. Dedicated to exploring books of all sorts, the group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm. Both Baha’is and non-Baha’is are welcome at bookclub. Please join us for lively conversation, new information about books, and exchange of ideas in a comfortable small group atmosphere. Come and enjoy light snacks and lots of laughter too!

A detailed outline of the results of our consultation is available from bookclub members or by emailing circleoffriendsbooks@gmail.com. Please come and join us at any bookclub meeting!

Visit the event calendar for more info on upcoming book club dates.

Past Book Club Meeting summaries

  • Circle of Friends Book Club meeting summary for December 2019
    December 18, 2019

    We were lucky enough last month to have two new attendees with personal knowledge of Iran, so we spent the majority of our discussion on background and the portrayal of Iran in the book Reading Lolita in Tehran. There were many issues raised and the information gave a more in-depth context to what was presented in the book.

    The discussion was mostly about Tehran, because that was the focus of the book. It was wide-ranging and informative. It also included the role of women in Iranian society and the qualities of a teacher, as portrayed in the book and in general, since there are several educators in the book club. (more…)

  • Circle of Friends Book Club meeting summary for November 2019
    November 13, 2019

    Book club for November was a small group due to weather. All members present read the same book: The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. This nonfiction book follows Mokhtar Alkahanshali, the founder of the Port of Mokha coffee company. In addition to the story of the founder and the coffee company, the book introduces the reader to the history of coffee in Yemen, basic information on coffee processing and quality control, and the role of coffee in society. (more…)

  • Circle of Friends Book Club meeting summary for October 2019
    October 9, 2019

    October’s bookclub meeting included discussions of several books presented by individual members. Two members brought the same book: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. This book looks at the criminal justice system by following the story of an African-American man on death row, with a focus on injustice in sentencing and imprisonment, especially regarding the death penalty. Readers found it readable and very informative, but challenging due to the upsetting nature of its subject.

    The second presentation was the August 18, 2019 issue of the New York Times Magazine, which focuses exclusively on the 1619 Project. The goal of this project is to re-examine the legacy of slavery in our country, timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the arrival in America of the first slaves. Its stated goals include telling the story of America truthfully, and learning accurate history as foundational to America’s identity. It also examines and catalogs contributions coming from the portion of Americans who were brought here involuntarily and their descendants. (more…)

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Past Book Club Selections

Past book club selections have included Racial Healing: A Safe Place to Talk About Race by Sharon E. Davis, W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan. Selections are chosen by group consensus. There are also meetings that are centered on individual choices brought to share with the group. Club members have been introduced to a wide variety of books of all genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Books brought by individual members to share have included: Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide by Joy-Ann Reid, Race Amity: A Primer on America’s Other Tradition by W.H. Smith and Richard Thomas, and Bahá’í Black Men’s Gathering by Frederick Landry, Harvey McMurray, and Richard Thomas.