Book Groups

 

St. Aidan's Gourmet Book Group

The St. Aidan's Gourmet Book Group does not always adhere to its usual last Monday of the month meeting time so please note the dates carefully! Bring your favorite sweet and savory finger food and book suggestions for future meetings.  

Monday, January 28, 7- 9pm:White Houses by Amy Bloom - Eleanor Roosevelt is portrayed as a loving, breathing, human being as Bloom images her long romance with journalist Lorena "Hick" Hickok.


Contact  Elaine at 415.469.9832 for information.

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. 

 

Below is our reading list thus far.  All are welcome to join the group.  Questions?  Contact Deacon Margaret at mdyerc@stanford.edu or 650-619-0781.

 

2019 (so far):

  • 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

 

2018:

  • 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)

 

2017:

  • 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

 

2016:

  • 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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