The Sunday Book Group meets at 1pm in the classroom downstairs on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, please email Rachel Hartig ( 


July 13, 2017

To see a glimpse into the group, we invite you to read a note from the group Coordinator Rachel Hartig:

Dear WES Readers,

Our gathering this Sunday will be a busy one, most certainly. We shall divide our time between Vicki Fang’s presentation of What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell and a discussion of next year’s reading list.

The theme of “Quest” seems to offer a broad enough category into which we can

include various sub-themes. But reflecting on the impassioned social action work at WES, I thought it might be particularly meaningful to select works that teach us more about the lives and struggles of the minorities we seek to support in and
through our community.

I was remembering, in particular, a recent discussion on Facebook during which several members wrote of their desire to read African-American literature.I thought we might add to this some creative works focusing on women’s issues, continuing Holocaust denial,  and the treatment of people with disabilities (both physical and emotional).A handful, I know! But perhaps, it can help us take at least one step towards a greater understanding of the diversity around us.

I’m forwarding a list. Please note that these are only some possible choices

On Sunday, I shall ask people to add any works that might enrich our discussion.

I’ll compile a list of all the suggestions and  everyone can vote, either at another meeting or on the internet. I’m open to either.

The First Draft of the List:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Rite of Passage by Richard Wright

Mulatto by Langston Hughes and “Double Face” by Amy Tan

“Big Boy Leaves Home “by Richard Wright

“The Poet” by Herman Hesse and “How Wang- Fo Was Saved” by Marguerite Yourcenar

“The Story of an Hour “by Kate Chopin and “The Revolt of Mother”by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Bachman

The Story of My Life by Helen Kelle

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E.Frankl

A Border Passage:From Cairo to America-A Woman’s Journey by Leila Ahmed
(recommended by Marty)
I’m happy to receive any comments, but please send them to my email address alone, in order not to fill people’s inboxes: Thank you so much for your consideration. I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday.

All best regards,
Rachel M. Hartig