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

STHS Book Club

Recommendations for April meeting

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. 1951.


In his journal, John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Adam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new rich land. But the brth of his twins, Cal and Aron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is left alone to raise his boys to manhood. One boy thrives nurtured by the love of all those around him; the other grows up in loneliness, enveloped by a mysterious darkness. First published in 1952, East of Eden is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicablity of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. A masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years East of Eden is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis. -- (Bowker Syndetics)

Previous Books Discussed at Book Club


  • 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)

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