St. Stephen Book Club Selections

All the Light We Cannot See

November 16, 2017

The book club will be meeting again this month on November 16 at 7:00 PM! The book we will be discussing is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. It’s the Pulitzer prize winning story about a blind French girl and a German boy whose meet in occupied France as they are

trying to survive the devastation of World War II.

The Japanese Lover

July 20, 2017

"Themes of lasting passion, friendship, reflections in old age, and how people react to challenging circumstances all feature in Allende's newest saga, which moves from modern San Francisco back to the traumatic WWII years." - Booklist

"Animated...lush...a novel that's a pleasure to recommend." - The Washington Post

"The Japanese Lover is a poetic and profound meditation on the power of love: a common theme, sure, but in Allende's capable hands this trope is made utterly new." - Bustle

First Mothers, The Women Who Shaped the Presidents

August 17, 2017

"First Mothers offers fresh and unique insight that is simply and gracefully written. A mother's hand shapes and inspires presidents -- and those who would be -- more than any other force, and by so doing carries this grand republic along." -- Hugh Sidey, Time Magazine

"Bonnie Angelo has written a superb book depicting and defining the profound influence of mothers on so many presidents. Angelo found the key to presidential personalities and ambitions -- their mothers. Her book is beautifully written and long needed." -- Helen Thomas, UPI White House Bureau Chief

"Through new research, Bonnie Angelo has assembled a fresh and enlightening perspective on that most primary of all human relationships -- motherhood. First Mothers gives us the human beings, in their attributes and deficiencies with an understanding narrative voice." -- Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Historian and author of First Ladies and First Familie

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