Daytime Book Club for Men and Women – meets the third Thursday of each month from 10am until noon. (September 17)

We welcome new members to our September meeting on the 17th! This group, which began last fall, has read a wide variety of fiction including William Kent Krueger’s This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdad Sings, and Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone. It is said that Minnesota’s author Sinclair Lewis predicted our current pandemic in his book Arrowsmith, which is our September selection. Currently we Zoom and have social-distancing meetings outside, depending on the weather.
This group sparkles with a love of reading and each member has much to share about each book we’ve read. We would be happy to have others join us for this daytime book group.
For more information call or email the convener, Alice Marks at 651-283-5010 or

Monday Women’s Book Group – Meets the first and third Mondays at 4pm on Zoom (September 21)

In September we will begin reading Waging Peace: One Soldier’s Story of Putting Love First by Diana Oestreich. Diana, a combat medic in the Army National Guard, enlisted like both her parents before her. But when she was commanded to run over an Iraqi child to keep her convoy rolling and keep her battle buddies safe, she was confronted with a choice she never thought she would have to make. Torn between God’s call to love her enemy and her country’s command to be willing to kill, Diana chose to wage peace in a place of war. For the remainder of her tour of duty, Diana sought to be a peacemaker—leading to an unlikely and beautiful friendship with an Iraqi family.
E-mail Penny Cragun at if you would like to be included in the discussion of this moving book.