Women's Book Club 2020

Do you enjoy Reading? Shoreline’s Women’s book club provides a great opportunity to discuss interesting books with other likeminded Shoreline women. You are welcome to join us at any time. We meet at homes in the greater Monterey area, monthly from 7:00 – 8:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month (other than in July and December). Come and enjoy fellowship with new friends, great discussions, and light snacks.

A different book is selected for each month’s meeting. Club members are encouraged to recommend books and the group leader selects the books she believes offers the best opportunity for a great discussion. Christian books, as well as secular books that provide opportunities to reflect on spiritual matters, are selected.

The book club also encourages a book exchange among members. Members are given an opportunity to describe and offer Christian non-fiction books they find particularly compelling for others in the group to borrow, keep, or pass along to others. This provides another opportunity to share good books.

Members do not need to attend every meeting. But when the monthly invitation is received, you are asked to RSVP (yes or no) so that the host can be prepared with enough chairs and refreshments.

If you would like to be included in the book club mailing list or if you have questions, please email bookclub@shoreline.church. 

January 16th
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan

Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian journeys to Israel with the goal of seeing his old house with the lemon tree that
he and his family had fled. To his surprise, he was greeted by an Israeli student, whose family fled Europe
following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home Dalia and Bashir begin a rare friendship.

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February 20th
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Rill and her siblings live aboard their family’s Mississippi River boat. When their father must rush their
mother to the hospital, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Based on one of America’s most
notorious scandals, Georgia Tann, director of an adoption organization, kidnaps and sells poor children to
wealthy families all over the country.


.March 19th

Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists, she prepared for the end
of the world. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of
the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties.


.April 16th
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, so when Chase Andrews is found dead, the
locals immediately suspect the Marsh Girl. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the
natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.


May 21st
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Lakshmi has spent years carving out a life for herself as a henna artist after fleeing her abusive husband and backward rural village. Well-versed in apothecary, Lakshmi’s success brings her within inches of her ultimate goal- total independence. That is, until the past she has tried to run from comes knocking at her door.


June: No Book Club
July: No Book Club

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August 20th
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Lale Sokolov is sent to the concentration camps at Auschwitz. When its discovered that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a tattooist, tasked with marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion.


September 17th
Hilbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is a personal analysis of a culture in crisis.  J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love”. They raised a middle-class family, but as the family saga plays out we learn that J.D.’s family struggled profoundly with their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, and poverty.

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October 15th
Frankenstein 
by Mary Shelly

Obsessed with discovering the cause of life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being. Upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature unleashes a campaign of revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.


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November 19th
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
 by Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into genocide. It was during those endless hours of terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.


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December: No Book Club