Our Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community and foster personal growth by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. 

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry

The UUA describes the book: “Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Perry’s book challenges society to recognize Black children as deserving of humanity. She shares her fear and frustration for her African American sons in an increasingly racist atmosphere in which white people at times seem irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life. … The New York Times calls Breathe ‘an elixir of history, ancestry and compassion, which, together, become instruction…a parent’s unflinching demand, born of inherited trauma and love, for her children’s right simply to be possible.’” Zoom Link will be sent to those who are members of UUCMC or who reach out to a member.

Note from Rev. Craig: A special worship service inspired by the themes of Breathe will be presented on Sunday, April 18th; be thinking of ways you might contribute to the proceedings!

Discussion: April 10 at 10:00 AM via ZOOM

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

Please join us on Saturday, June 12 at 10 am to discuss this bestseller The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, which will invite reflection about life, death and quantum physics. A fast read that will leave you with lots to consider.

Discussion: June 12 at 10:00 AM 

Picture of the book Breathe: A Letter to My Sons
Cover of the book The Midnight Library

Past Common Reads

  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Michele Richarson
  • The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
  • Choke Hold by Paul Butler
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger 
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyun
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz OR An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
  • Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Book of Joy by Desmund Tutu & Dalai Lama
  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  • Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want by Frances Moore Lappe & Adam Eichen
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics by Jonathan Haidt
  • Beyond Words: What Animals Think & Feel by Carl Safina
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • The Third Reconstruction by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II
  • Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Behind the Kitchen Door by Sarumathi Jayaraman
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander