St.Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
St.Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

STHS Book Club & Library

Book for January 22, 2018

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. 2015

Donai Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donai off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There Donai is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate--bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical-- is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German, and Donai can't seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate packs him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But as it turns out, Donai isn't traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollickiing misadventures along the way. -

Previous Books Discussed at Book Club


  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 2015
  • Travels with Charley: in Search of America by John Steinbeck, 1962
  • A Gentleman in Moscow: a Novel by Amor Towles, 2016
  • East of Eden: by John Steinbeck. 1951
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. 2016.
  • Ordinary Grace William Kent Kreuger, 2013
  • Old Jules by Mari Sandoz
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks, 2015
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs. 2014
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise iernan. 2013
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Fiction. 2015
  • Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory, and Faith by Heidi B. Neumark, 2015.
  • Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer" by William Knoedeiseder. 2012
  • Lila: a Novel by Marilynne Robinson, 2014
  • A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 1990
  • Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunder 2013
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 2013
  • The Ax Murders of Saxtown: The Unsolved Crime that Terroized a Town and Shocked the Nation by Nicholas Pistor, 2014
  • True Sisters by Sandra Dallas. 2012
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio. 2012. Available in paper back. Grade 3-7 fiction.
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. 2012, Available in paperback. Fiction.
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. 2013 Fiction
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. 1837. (Originally issued serially, 1836-1837, as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club)

STHS Online Library Catalog

Books and other materials of the St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Library are being entered into an online catalog via LibraryThing. A Small number of nonfiction titles are presently in the catalog.


If you would like to take a peek at the beginings of our new catalog, here are the links to the LibrryThing website with the STHS Library's profile and catalog:  -  (profile)  or click here.  -  (catalog of the library collection)  or click here.


The list that appearsin the catalog is arranged chronologically (latest to oldest) by entry date into our catalog. Each column may be ordered by clicking on the heading. To search our library's collection, use the "Search your library" box on the upper right (not the top most "Search site" box which searches all libraries with catalogs in Library Thing). By using the drop down "Search" menu, you may limit your search to titles/authors, subjects, etc. If you are interested in searching by collection (fiction, biography, etc.) choose the drop down "All collections" menu on the far left.

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