Hillcrest Book Club

              is an enthusiastic group of book lovers, including several published writers who have shared their works with us along the way. We usually meet at 10:00 AM the second Wednesday of each month and always welcome newcomers, no church affiliation required. Our book choices cover a wide range of genres: fiction, memoir, poetry, and both adult and children’s literature.

Naturally, we always have coffee and treats. Occasionally somebody even brings goodies that fit the theme of our book discussion. A member of the group leads each meeting choosing short video interviews of authors and critics, various background information, and/or other resources to stimulate ideas and opinions for lively discussions. For the rest of us, reading even part of the book is sufficient preparation.   A warm welcome awaits you!

                 Mary Martin and Anne White keep us organized and welcome suggestions for new books to read.  You may contact either of them to obtain a copy of the book for next month’s meeting and to check the exact date, by telephoning the church office at  902- 838-2698.

                    Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women will be discussed at the Book Club’s February 9, 2022 meeting.  If Covid prevents our meeting at Hillcrest, contact Brenda Dewar 902-838-4590 to be included in the Book Club’s Zoom meeting.

Here is a sampling of our reading during 2021.  January to June we read poetry of two American writers Mary Oliver and Billy Collins, then Tara Westover’s autobiographical Educated, Willa Cather’s American classic, My Antonia, Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys, and Georgia Hunter’s We Were the Lucky Ones. One morning our own Hugh MacDonald treated us to readings from his various books of poetry and challenged us to bring our own poems. We surprised ourselves with our compositions!

We recess for the summer and usually meet again in September with a notable children’s book, in 2021, Kelly Barnhill’s prize-winning The Girl who Drank the Moon. We finished the year with Laurie Lee’s 200-page prose poem Cider with Rosie, Thien Tan’s The Other Side of the Sun, and Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow.

A Free Lending Library can be found beside the walkway outside the office of Hillcrest United Church.      It’s concept is   “Borrow it. Enjoy it. Return it.”

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