Just Books Summer 2021

This is our fifth summer of reading books attending to justice issues that face our world and our Church.  Each summer we meet to discuss three books which have been chosen by the Social Justice committee at St. Mary’s.  In past years we have explored immigration, the environment, race, and poverty, through fiction and non-fiction.  This summer’s line-up includes two non-fiction books and a novel.  All books are available through both the Ramsey County and Washington County library systems.  In addition, Lake Country Booksellers will order the books and, when you tell them you are part of the St. Mary of the Lake book club, will give you a 10% discount.  We will meet virtually on the second Wednesday of June, July, and August, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Register by emailing Kathryn Lien at kathrynannlien@gmail.com .  Following is the list of books with a short description from each publisher.

June 9, 2021Somewhere in the Unknown World by Kao Kalia Yang (non-fiction)

All over this country there are refugees building a new life from the ashes of the old.  But beyond the headlines, often not much is known about who they are, how they live, or what they have lost.  Although Minnesota is not famous for its diversity, the state has welcomed more refugees per capita than any other, coming from Syria, Bosnia, Thailand, Liberia, and many other countries.  In Yang’s exquisite, necessary telling, these fifteen stories of refugee journeys restore history and humanity to America’s strangers and redeem its long tradition of welcome.

July 14, 2021Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction)

In this touching memoir Coates takes readers along on his journey through America’s history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings—moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race.  Framed as a letter to his son, this book is both a prayer for safety and hope for a world that will present itself as a promise fulfilled.

August 11, 2021The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christ Lefteri (fiction)

Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, this novel is a book for our times that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and bring a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten.

September 9th, 2020