Book Discussions

Evening Library Book Club

MPLS - 2nd Wednesdays, 7pm, Library. 

Lively conversation is the hallmark of this group of book lovers. Books are nominated and chosen by the group as a whole, making for a richly varied selection. Come one month or every month—all are welcome! Second Wednesday of the month September through June, Mpls Church Library, 7-8:00pm. 

  • November 14- History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • December 12- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste ng
  • January 9 – Pachinko by Jin Lee
  • February 13 – America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
  • March 13- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • April 10 – We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • May 8 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • June 12 – The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah


Mid-day Book Club

MPLS - 3rd Tuesdays, 11:30am-1pm, Room 457

Bring a lunch and join Mount Olivet librarian Chelle Urabe and others for lively discussion on a variety of books. Contact Chelle ( / 612.767.2266) if you plan to attend. Bring a friend--all are welcome!

  • November 20th – Looking for me by Beth Hoffman
  • December 18th – Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory
  • January – Fish in a Tree -- Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • February – Stars Over Clear Lake – Loretta Ellsworth
  • March – Saving Simon – Jon Katz
  • April – Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
  • May – Educated – Tara Westover
  • June – Rosemary – Kate Clifford Larson
  • July – The Book That Matters Most – Ann Hood
  • August – Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth – Sheila O’Connor
  • September – Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
  • October – Take Me With You – Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • November – Carnegie’s Maid – Marie Benedict
  • December – A Dog Called Hope – Jason Morgan

Book Discussion for Women: The Book of Joy

In April 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's 80th birthday and spend several days exploring a timeless question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? These exceptional men, both of whom survived decades of exile and oppression, traded stories, teased each other, shared spiritual beliefs and practices, and laughed and cried together. This book shares much of the conversation between these two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and spiritual giants as together they reveal how, even in the midst of hardship and despair, it is possible to live a life overflowing with joy. As we learn from them, we will look, too, at how the Apostle Paul answers this same question in the Bible’s book of joy—Philippians. Carol Throntveit facilitates. Cost: $15 (includes book).