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

STHS Book Club & Library

Book for October 23, 2017

Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things is about racism, choice, fear and hope. The novel is based on the true story of a labor and delivery nurse who was prohibited from caring for a newborn because the father requested that no African-American nurses tend to his baby. In the fictional version, Ruth, the African-American nurse in question, finds herself on trial for events related to the same request made by a white supremacist father. Using the naratives of Ruth, the baby's father, and the female public defender who takes Ruth's case, Picoult examines multiple facets of racism. The topic of race in America is difficult to talk about but in an honest and revealing way Picoult allows readers to draw their own conclusions about how we see ourselves and others n the world. Small Great Things is an important and thought-provoking novel about power and prjudice that deserves to be read, digested and shared with others. --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review.

Previous Books Discussed at Book Club


  • 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 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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