Book Group

The Salem Book Group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville.

The group is open to all readers interested in meeting and discussing books.

Books discussed range from novels, nonfiction, biographies, short stories, or poetry.

2022-23 Schedule

September 12 Where the Crawdads Sing byDelia Owens

October 10 Too Smart for God by Dave Simpson

November 14 Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy by Nathaniel Philbrick

January 23  The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

February 13

March 13 

April 10   

May 8   

June 12 

Previous Book Selections

Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber
All the Light We Cannot See
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
An American Lion
American On Purpose
Angela’s Ashes
Artemis Fowl
Arthur & George
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
by Ernest J. Gaines
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Before Their Time
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
Bel Canto
Big Little Lies 
by Liane Moriarty
Between the World and Me
Big Fish
The Bluest Eye
The Bookshop
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Boys in the Boat
Brideshead Revisited
Cat’s Cradle
Charlotte’s Web
Charming Billy
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
The Chinese Lobster
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Memory
A Civil Action
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Cold Mountain
Cold Sassy Tree
The Color of Water
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Confession
by John Grisham
The Constantine Codex
by Paul L. Maier
Corelli’s Mandolin
The Corner: A Year in The Life
Curie, Marie –
various biographies
Cutting for Stone
The Dalai Lama’s Cat
David Copperfield
The DaVinci Code
Dawn’s Early Light
The Daydreamer
The Dead
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
Delta Wedding
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
by Anne Tyler
Destiny of the Republic
by Candice Millard
The Double Bind
Drawing Life
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.
Eiffel’s Tower
Ella Minnow Pea
by Mark Dunn
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The End of the Affair
Ender’s Game
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin
Forgiveness 4 You: A Novel 
by Ann Bauer
The Finishing School by Johanna Goodman
Founding Fathers – various biographies
Galileo’s Daughter
A Gentleman in Moscow:  A Novel
The Giant’s House
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Girl with the Pearl Earring
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
The Gospel of Jesus: In Search of the Original Good News
The Great Gatsby
The Greek Passion
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Guns, Germs and Steel
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
by Edmund de Waal
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
Heaven Is For Real
The Help
Here I Walk
by Andrew L. Wilson
Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory, and Faith
by Heidi Neumark
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hillbilly Elegy
The Hobbit
The Horse You Came In On
Hotel Du Lac
The Hours
How the Word Is Passed  by  Clint Smith
How to Create the Perfect Wife
by Wendy Moore
Hundred Dollar Holiday
I Was Amelia Earhart
In Defense of Elitism
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
by Rachel Held Evans
Into Thin Air
The Invention of Nature:  Alexander von Huboldt’s New World
Jeeves and the Song of Songs
Katharina: Deliverance by Margaret Skea
The Kite Runner
The Known World
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Les Miserables
Lewis & Clark – various
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
The Light Between Oceans
Lincoln, Abraham & Mary Todd – various biographies
Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Little Big Man
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Lord Jim
Luther, Martin – various biographies
A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy 
by Helen Rappaport
Mama makes up her Mind
A Man Called Ove
Man’s Search for Meaning
Martin Dressler
The Master Butchers Singing Club
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War
Memoirs of A Geisha
Middle East – various
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Mohammed – various biographies
A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
 by Dava Sobel
Mount Vernon Love Story
My Conversations with Martin Luther 
 by Timothy F. Lull
My Sister’s Keeper
Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B. Curtice
News of the World: A Novel
by Paulette Jiles
The Nine Tailors: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals
Nine Years Under
The Notebook
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II
Once in a Great City
The Other Madisons by Bettye Kearse
The Other Side of the River
The Paris Wife
People of the Book
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
The Pianist
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Pigs In Heaven
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
by David McCullough
The Plot Against America
Plug Ugly Ball by John Thomas Everett
Poetry – various
The Poisonwood Bible
Post Captain
Presley, Elvis – various biographies
Purple Hibiscus: A Novel
 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Quiet American
Quite a Year for Plums
The Razor’s Edge
by W. Somerset Maugham
The Reader
Reading Lolita in Tehran
The Reappearance of Sam Webber
The Remains of the Day
The River of Doubt
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
Roots of Steel
Sarah’s Key
The Search for Anne Perry 
by Joanne Drayton
The Secret Life of Bees
The Shack
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shipping News
Short stories – various
Sincerely, Andy Rooney
Skipping Christmas
Snow Falling on Cedars
So Long, See You Tomorrow
The Soloist
Song Yet Sung
Sophie’s World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition
The Sparrow
State of Wonder
Storm of the Century
Straight Man
The Stone Diaries
The Story of the Other Wise Man
Suite Francaise
The Sun Does Shine
 by Anthony Ray Hinton
Sweetness in the Belly
Taking Woodstock
A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki
Tending Roses
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Three Junes
This Time Together – Laughter and Reflection
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Villa Incognito
Vinegar Girl
by Anne Tyler
A Walk in the Woods
Water for Elephants
Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines)
The Wind Done Gone
Will in the World
The Willow Wren by Phillip Schott
Wise Blood
The Wizard of Oz
The Woman in White
World War I
by various authors
The Wright Brothers
Young Frederick Douglass
by Dickson Preston
The Zookeeper’s Wife