2nd Thursday of each month
Led by Christ Church members, Lin Edwards and Sally Jackson.
Booked for Lunch is a monthly book club for women of all ages. We read mostly fiction (with an occasional non-fiction book) because we have discovered that fiction stories provide a powerful avenue for thinking more deeply about God and the world. Each month, we ask questions like: “where is God in the story?” ; “what themes of love, forgiveness, grace, or other Christian themes emerge in the story?” ; “If God is not apparent in the story, what difference would God’s presence have made in the lives of the characters?”
We invite you to bring your lunch and join us on the 2nd Thursday each month.
January | THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR | by Pam Jenoff
1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents in the Krakow Ghetto during WWII. When the Nazis liquidated the ghetto, Sadie and her mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous tunnels beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age. Ella Srepanek is an affluent Polish girl living the life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it is a girl hiding. Ella begins to aid Sadie and her mother and the two becomes close friends. Thus begins the story inspired by true historical history and it becomes testament of the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.
February | THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY | by Amor Towles
In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother is long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank. Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight year old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the wardens car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emma future, one that will take them in a journey to the opposite direction, to the city of New York.
March | THE KITCHEN FRONT | by Jennifer Ryan
Two years into WWII, Britain is feeling her losses; the Nazis have won the battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest and the grand prize is a job as the programs first-ever female-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives. The four women are giving the competition their all, but even if it sometimes means bending the rules. With so much at stake, will the contest bring the community together only to break it apart?
April | INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE | by Dani Shapiro
In 2016, Dani Shapiro whimsically submitted her DNA to a genealogy website. She received stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up the next morning and realized her entire history, the life she had lived, crumbling beneath her. She starts a journey to unlock the story of her identity that had been hidden from her for more than 50 years. It is the extraordinary moment we live in, a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
May | THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND | by Julia Kelly
The Last Garden in England is an engaging, moving tale that sweeps you away to the Highbury Estate in Warwickshire, England from the commission of the estate gardens, through WWII and it’s requisition as a convalescent hospital, to the current day garden restoration efforts and the discovery of some long- buried secrets beneath its soil. The book is ultimately a tale about life, loss, tragedy, grief, hope, history, family, sisterhood, and friendship. It is historical fiction with alluring characters, an evocative time slip storyline, and a sliver of romance.
June | THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN | by Marie Benedict and Christopher Murry
The remarkable, little known story of Belle de CostA Green, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a legacy that enriched our nation. She was famous for her intellect, style, and wit and she goes to great lengths to protect her family and her legacy. She was J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept to make her dreams come true.