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Gathering Around Books (The GAB Group)
Do you love to read and discuss what you have read with fellow bibliophiles? Each month we will read and discuss a fiction or non-fiction book which may not be overtly religious, but contains content and themes that can be discussed from a faith perspective.

June 25
2 short stories by Flannery O'Connor: "A Temple of the Holy Ghost" and "Revelation"

July 23
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi's novel Transcendent Kingdom has been described as a Ghanaian, Southern, American novel that is a piercing story of faith, science, and family. It centers on Gifty, who grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, as the daughter of Ghaianan immigrants and is now a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction, conditions which have manifested themselves in her own family. One reviewer has written of Transcendent Kingdom: "It's in its heroine's frank efforts to diffuse the dichotomy between religion and science that the book really sings. There's bravery as well as beauty here."

August 27
The August GAB book Nomadland by Jessica Bruder was the inspiration for the film which was awarded the most recent Best Picture Oscar. One reviewer has written, "This is an important book.… A calmly stated chronicle of devastation. But told as story after story, it is also a riveting collection of tales about irresistible people―quirky, valiant people who deserve respect and a decent life."

September 24
Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout

October 22
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Even if you have not finished the book (or haven't even cracked it open and gotten as far as the first page!), you are invited to join in on what promises to be a lively discussion.
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