Monday, March 19, 2018

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, April 19, 2018

How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history -- and the driven, brilliant man who made them.

Where: Lauralee Carbone's home, 2212 40th St.
When: 7:00pm

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March 15, 2018, 7:00pm - The Hate U Give

“In THE HATE U GIVE, by Angie Thomas, Starr Carter is a teen between two worlds: her school, which is rich, fancy, and white; and her neighborhood, which is poor and black. She navigates this differing terrain every day of her life until her worlds collide when she witnesses the fatal police shooting of her best friend, Khalil, an unarmed black teen. Khalil's death goes viral, and Starr is caught in the middle between the protesters in the street and her friends at school. With the eyes of the world on her, Starr has to decide: Will she say what happened that night? Will it matter?” —

“This is tragically timely, hard-hitting, and an ultimate prayer for change. Don’t look away from this searing battle for justice. Rally with Starr.” —Adam Silvera, a New York Times bestselling author.

Where: Daria's home - 4127 Ridgewood Ave.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Feb. 22nd, 7:00pm: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. 

From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, and became the personal physician to Ray Charles.

Where: In the home of Murray & Claire: 3915 Cliffside Drive
Contact Jan Cavitt at 360-392-0708 with questions.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Jan. 18, 2018 at 7:00pm: Our Souls at Night

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a woman and a man who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future. Their brave adventures – their pleasures and their difficulties – are hugely involving and resonant of our own truths.

Where: Lauralee Carbone’s home: 2212 40th Street, Bellingham 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dec. 21, 2017 at 7:00pm: The Living

On Dec. 21st, Book Group #1 will be discussing The Living, a novel by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Annie Dillard. It is a mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century, and “the kind of book a reader sinks into completely….an extraordinary accomplishment.” – Boston Sunday Globe

Where: Daria Kurkjy Haynes home - 4127 Ridgewood Ave., B'ham
When: 7:00pm

If you are interested in joining the new BUF Book Group #2, please contact Drew Betz at for more information.  Book Group #1 has outgrown its capacity!

Monday, October 23, 2017

November 16, 2017 at 7:00pm: The Highest Tide

Jim Lynch’s The Highest Tide will be our topic of discussion on November 16th. “The fertile strangeness of marine tidal life becomes a subtly executed metaphor for the bewilderments of adolescence in this tender and authentic coming-of-age novel. As a precocious, undersized 13-year-old living on the shore of South Puget Sound, Miles O'Malley has developed a consuming passion for the abundant life of the tidal flats. This moving, unusual take on the summers of childhood conveys a contagious sense of wonder at the variety and mystery of the natural world.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Indies Choice Honor Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and a Dashiell Hammett Prize finalist.

Where: Lauralee Carbone’s home: 2212 40th St., Bellingham 98229

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October 19, 2017 at 7:00pm: Just Mercy

On October 19th we'll discuss Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy. Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. -Goodreads

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. -Goodreads

The BUF Book Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 7:00pm.

Where: Claire and Murray's home, 3915 Cliffside Dr, B'ham 98225
Questions to Jan:

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, April 19, 2018

How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riv...