Longboat Island Chapel Book Club

Meets Monthly October-May

The Longboat Island Chapel Book Club meets October-May – often in the Friendship Garden – for lunch or refreshments and discussion. We sometimes have a catered lunch for a nominal fee, or meet at a local restaurant.

Our October 11th meeting was in the gazebo of the Chapel’s Friendship Garden. The meeting began at 1:00 p.m. with refreshments provided.  The book we discussed was The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood. The novel is based on the true story of the woman who built the Brooklyn Bridge.

The November 8th meeting was at the Lazy Lobster. The book we discussed was Nightwatchman by Louise Erdrich, a “Native Book Award winner. Erdrich calls upon her considerable storyteller skills to elucidate the struggles of generations of Native people to retain their cultural identity and their connection to the land.” — Library Journal Starred Review. 

Our December 13 meeting was at the Lazy Lobster. The book we discussed was What We Carry by Maya Lang….. a memoir about mothers and daughters and the tenacity of the love that grows between what is said and what is left unspoken. 

The January 10 meeting was at the Lazy Lobster. The book we discussed was Wish You Were by Jodi Picoult . . .   a novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis.

At our February 14 meeting at the Lazy Lobster, we discussed The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff… a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

The March 14th meeting was at the Lazy Lobster, and the book we discussed was  Facing The Mountain by Daniel James Brown. An epic story of four Japanese-American families and their sons who volunteered for military service and displayed uncommon heroism…

Our April 11th meeting was at the Lazy Lobster. The book we discussed was The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. The book is an intricate and moving exploration of journeys and the unexpected turns they can take. An exhilarating ride through Americana.

The next meeting of the Chapel Book Club will be on Monday, May 9, at the Lazy Lobster at noon. The book we will be discussing is Suncoast Empire by Frank Cassell. The book tells of the life of Bertha Honore Palmer, her family, and the rise of Sarasota.

Please sign up in Shook Fellowship Hall or email Judy Achre at paulandjudy@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

Guests are welcome!