The Tuesday Readers
Fourth Tuesdays (with exceptions), 7:00 to 8:30 p.m, Michaux House, Fagan Parlor
2018 – 2019 season
September 25 The Sabbath
A classic of Jewish spirituality first published in 1951, The Sabbath is a brief but profound statement of the Seventh Day and how we can use Sabbath as the “architecture of holiness” in contemporary life.
October 23 The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
Grande’s memoir recounts her experiences as a child left behind by her Mexican parents, who venture to The Other Side to improve their lives, and later as an undocumented immigrant reunited with the father who has embraced a new life.
November 27 A spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Short listed for the 2015 Man Booker Award, Tyler introduces us to the Whitshank family as “nothing exceptional. None of them could claim exceptional intelligence. And in looks they were no more than average. But like most families, they imagined they were exceptional.”
December 18 Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson
The most lighthearted of this year’s readings, Killer Pancake is from the Cereal Killers series. Caterer Goldie Bear is hard not to love. Despite her dysfunction, everything is “just right.” She is a whiz in the kitchen and as a detective, and she’s even Episcopalian.
January 22 Varina by Charles Frazier
The author of Cold Mountain weaves an historical novel grounded in the life of the former and only First Lady of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis, and her escape from Richmond.
February 26 Gospel Medicine by Barbara Brown Taylor
Through this collection of sermons, Taylor offers the healing power of God as a metaphor in restoring the active and ongoing restoration of this broken world.
March 26 The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Kidd casts her literary talents on the real but overlooked lives of Sarah and Angelina Grenke, 19th Century abolitionists and suffragists seen as guilty of the crime of speaking out for their beliefs. Some claim their 1830s pamphlet served as the inspiration for Harriett Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
April 23 Honey from the Rock by Lawrence Kushner
Goodreads describes Honey From The Rock “Quite simply, the easiest introduction to Jewish mysticism you can read.”
May 28 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Winner of the 2017 National Book Award for fiction, Sing, Unburied, Sing is an intimate, multigenerational tale of poverty, discrimination, guilt, and hope for redemption set in rural Mississippi.