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

STHS Book Club & Library

Recommendations for Summer Reading

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2015

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a "man of two minds,"a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is seretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel and a powerful story of love and friendship. -


Travels with Charley: in Search of America by John Steinbeck. 1962

To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light--these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With Charley his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character,racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers. -


A Gentleman in Moscow: a Novel by Amor Towles. 2016

A Gentleman in Moscow is the utterly entertaining second novel from the author of Rules of Civility. Amor Towles skillfully transports us to the Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers, where spies spy thieves theive and the danger of twentieth centrury Russia lurks outside its marbled walls. It's also where wealthy Count Alexander Rostov lives under house arrest for a poem deemed incendiary by the Bolsheviks, and meets Nina. Nina is a precocious and wide-eyed young girl who holds the keys to the entire hotel, wonders what it means to be a princess, and will irrevocably change his life. Despite being confined to the hallway of the hotel, the Count lives an absoring adventure-filled existence, filled with capers, conspiracies and culture. Alexander Rostov is a character for the ages --like Kay Thompson's Eloise and Wes Anderson's M. Gustav he is unflinchingly (and hilariously for readers) devoted to his station even when forced to wait tables, play hide and seek with a young girl, or confront communism. Towles magnificently conjures the grandeur of the Russian hotel and the vibrancy of the characters that call it home. - The Amazon Book Review

Previous Books Discussed at Book Club


  • 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 taake a peek at the begginings of our new catalog, here are the lnks to the LibrryThing website with the STHS Library's profile ahd 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 LibraryThing). 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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