Book Group


Book Group moves to daytime hours for Wednesday June 7 at 11am in UUCSV lounge

At the request of many the UUCSV Book group will switch to daytime hours.  We will next meet at 11am on June 7 to discuss H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

In H Is for Hawk, you will meet the goshawk Mabel, not your typical bloodthirsty specimen, as she is trained to hunt.   Macdonald’s gorgeously wrought prose holds you in thrall from the first page, and provides something akin to the escape, and salvation, that nature provides her. In ‘Hawk’ you will also learn about the famed Arthurian novelist T.H. White, a kindred soul to Macdonald in certain ways. One of the things that endeared him to her was his “childish delight” with all things wild, something you’ll be hard-pressed not to experience as soon as you tap into this tome.

UUCSV started a book discussion group shortly after organizing 20 some years ago.  The group provides fellowship and an opportunity to discuss books among friends. Since then the group has discussed more than 150 books including classics, first novels by new writers,  bestsellers, short story collections and choices offered by members based on their life experiences often expressed as, “I’ve always wanted to read this book.”  The group selects books in June for next year’s reading.  We read about 10 books a year, mostly fiction.

Books chosen are usually available at local libraries and in digital form. The group meets each year from March to  December, taking  January and February off.  A member of the group is assigned to lead discussion of each book.  This usually takes the form of a couple of leading questions to get discussion off and rolling.

Discussion focuses mostly on the book and ranges as far as member interests or current events in the congregation and world takes us in our two hours.  Although everyone reads the same book we find impressions, interpretations and favorability of the book varies.  If everyone likes the book we talk about its good points; but if we don’t care for a book the conversation gets enthusiastic.  For additional information contact Tom Bresenhan at

Book Group 2016-17 season

Schedule for 2016-17 season of the UUCSV Book Group
 All meetings begin at11am.

Oct 4, 2016 – Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War by Artemis Joukouwsky (2016)

Nov 2, 2016 – My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, 331 pages (2012)

Dec 7, 2016 – Work Like Any Other: A Novel by Virginia Reeves, 272 pages (2016)

Winter break – no meetings in January and February

Mar 8, 2017 – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy*  by Laurence Sterne, 725 pages (1759-67) and Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, 480 pages (2016)

Apr 5, 2017 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, 381 pages (2010)

May 3, 2017 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusa, 592 pages (2007)

Jun 7, 2017 – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, 320 pages (2016)

Jul 5, 2017 –  The Heart: A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal, 256 pages (2016)

Aug 2, 2017 – The Cave by Jose Saramango, 307 pages (2002)