Book Groups


St. Aidan's Gourmet Book Group

The St. Aidan's Gourmet Book Group usually (though not always!) meets the last Monday of the month. Please bring your favorite sweet and savory finger food and book suggestions for future meetings. The group is currently meeting via Zoom. Please reach out to Elaine for access information or questions: 415.469.9832.

Monday, June 1, 2020, 7- 9pm: First: Sandra Day O'Connor - by Evan Thomas. An intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of America's first women Supreme Court Justice


Monday, June 29, 2020, 7-9pmAutumn Light – Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer. A memoir of deceptively quiet descriptions of autumn both in the natural world and in the season of Iyer’s own life that echoes a uniquely Japanese appreciation of the fleeting nature of time and a humbling acceptance that nothing lasts. 


Monday, August 3, 2020, 7-9pm: Mornings on Horseback – The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough.  A biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into a vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately President of the United States.

The New Jim Crow Book Group


The New Jim Crow Book Group at St. Aidan’s began as a joint book group between members of Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, and Golden Bridges School (then located at St. Aidan’s.)  The first meeting was convened on September 11, 2015, and for the next several months the group focused on reading and discussing The New Jim Crow  by Michelle Alexander.  After the group finished that book, we decided that we wanted to continue to read books and articles on race, and we’ve been doing so ever since, in monthly meetings at St. Aidan’s on Sunday afternoons (currently via Zoom-- please reach out to Deacon Margaret for access information). 


Below is a list of our readings through 2019.  All are welcome to join the group.  Questions?  Contact Deacon Margaret at or 650-619-0781.


  • How To Be an Anti-Racist  by Ibram Kendi

  • Washington Black  by Esi Edugyan

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous  by Ocean Vuong

  • Ma Raney’s Black Bottom  by August Wilson



  • Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison

  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty

  • On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by Deray McKesson

  • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibrahim Kendi  (Started in 2018, went into 2019)



  • White Like Me by Tim Wise

  • If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • Welcome to Braggville by T.J. Johnson

  • "The First White President" (Atlantic article), by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Home by Toni Morrison

  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward



  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindess by Michele Alexander

  • "The Case for Reparations" (from the Atlantic Monthly) by TaNehisi Coates

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor 

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

  • The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis

  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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