Book Group


Book Group continues daytime hours for Wednesday July 12 at 11am in Ridgecrest Restaurant (Riverwoods) Lewisburg

The UUCSV Book group continues to meet during the day.  Next meeting is on Wednesday, July 12 at 11am in the Ridgecrest Restaurant on the Riverview Campus in Lewisburg.  Afterwards many from the group will stay for UUFFL Two books will be discussed:  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  and The Heart: A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal.  Virginia Zimmerman, Professor of English at Bucknell has been asked to join the discussion of The Book Thief and Susan Robishaw to join the discussion of The Heart: A Novel.

The Book Thief was originally scheduled for discussion in May.   It is set in 1939 in Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity.

The Heart: A Novel -A heart transplant must be performed in the 24 hours following death, or not at all. This novel is about what happens during these 24 hours. Between the moment when a 20-year-old dies and the moment his heart finds a home in the body of a 50-year-old woman.  Maylis de Kerangal describes with frantic energy and wonderful tenderness all the people, all the individual stories, all the grief and hopes that are involved in this process.  Sam Taylor has bravely taken on the task of recapturing Ms. de Kerangal’s rhapsodic rhythms from French into English. His translation throbs with beauty, sorrow and an undimmed astonishment at the life of the body.

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 at 11am.

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 – Postponed until July 12

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

Jul 12, 2017 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusa, 592 pages (2007) and  The Heart: A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal, 256 pages (2016)

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