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

STHS Book Club & Library

Book for January 22, 2018

The Snow Child: a novel by Eowyn Ivey. 2012​


Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart -- he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone - but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.


This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wlderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. -

Previous Books Discussed at Book Club


  • Priestdaddy: a Memoir by Patrician Lockwood. 2017
  • Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
  • 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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