Sunday, June 24, 2018

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque - July 19, 2018, 7 p.m.

 Laughing All the Way to the Mosque - July 19, 2018, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Claire and Murray's house - 3915 Cliffside Drive

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

Zarqa Nawaz has always straddled two cultures. She's just as likely to be agonizing over which sparkly earrings will "pimp out" her hijab as to be flirting with the Walmart meat manager in a futile attempt to secure halal chicken the day before Eid. 

Little Mosque on the Prairie brought Zarqa's own laugh-out-loud take on her everyday culture clash to viewers around the world. And now, in Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, she tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging, always funny stories of being Zarqa in a western society. From explaining to the plumber why the toilet must be within sitting arm's reach of the water tap (hint: it involves a watering can and a Muslim obsession with cleanliness "down there") to urging the electrician to place an eye-height electrical socket for her father-in-law's epilepsy-inducing light-up picture of the Kaaba, Zarqa paints a hilarious portrait of growing up in a household where, according to her father, the Quran says it's okay to eat at McDonald's-but only if you order the McFish.

Books are available to group members in the BUF Work Room.  Please write your name and phone number in the log book when checking out a book and cross it out when returned.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

6/21 Book Choosing Potluck at 6:00pm

We'll be having our book-choosing potluck on Thursday June 21st. Remember to bring a dish to share, and 2 book titles that you can recommend for the coming year. You need to have read the books, and preferably have a copy of each to bring with you.

WHERE: Claire and Murray's house - 3915 Cliffside Drive.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


We are using this time between meetings for each of us to decide which 2 books, one fiction and one non-fiction, to bring to our June 21st meeting. That's when we will be choosing which books to read for the next year. 

We try to choose as many books as possible from the kits available at the library. To see the kits go to:

Of the books we choose one will be our donation to the library. We will buy 10 copies of that book for a new kit, paid for by our book group.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The End of Your Life Book Club, May 17, 2018, 7:00

A book that is expressly about books, about the purpose and pleasures of books, and the ways they connect us even as we read them as a solitary pursuit. . . . [It’s also] about, in part, the consolations we can find in art, books in particular, as we struggle to face the terrible awareness of our own mortality.” —The Plain Dealer

Where: Daria's home - 4127 Ridgewood Drive

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.

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque - July 19, 2018, 7 p.m.

  Laughing All the Way to the Mosque - July 19, 2018, 7 p.m. WHERE: Claire and Murray's house - 3915 Cliffside Drive Zarqa Nawaz h...