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 drewlenore@comcast.net 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: jadacad@gmail.com

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 7:00pm - All the Light We Cannot See

This sounds like a true winner for our next read: “From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.” - Goodreads

"A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned, Doerr’s magnificently drawn story seems at once spacious and tightly composed." – Booklist

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

Where: Sita Amba-Rao's home: 3437 Ashbrooke Lane Bellingham, WA 98226
Questions to: Jan Cavitt - jadacad@gmail.com

Sunday, July 23, 2017

August 17, 2017, 7:00pm, Potluck for Planning

August 17, 2017 Potluck for Planning

Thursday August 17th will be a potluck gathering for choosing our next year’s titles, mostly drawn from the Bellingham Library’s list of kits, though this isn’t a requirement. Please decide on two favorite choices, one a fiction book and one a non-fiction, and bring them to the meeting. They should be books you’ve read. Be prepared to promote your choices, and we will vote at the end on the books we’d like to include.  A list of the library’s kits can be found at 

Where: Lauralee Carbone's home - 2212 40th St., Bellingham 98229
Questions to Jan Cavitt, jadacad@gmail.com

Friday, June 16, 2017

July 20, 2017, 7:00pm - The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

On July 20th we will examine Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Evison crafted a novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape, and most of all, a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this big-hearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards. 

Where: In the home of Daria Haynes, 4127 Ridgewood Ave.

Questions? Email Jan Cavitt - jadacad@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

Inspired by a real event in 1996 in Lima, Peru, Ann Patchett enthralls us with a story that takes place in an unnamed South American country. A world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. His hosts hope that Mr. Hosokawa can be persuaded to build a factory in their Third World backwater. Alas, in the opening sequence, just as the accompanist kisses the soprano, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.

With the omniscience of magic realism, Ann Patchett flits in and out of the hearts and psyches of hostage and terrorist alike, and in doing so reveals a profound, shared humanity. 

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 evoc...