River Jordan Coffee House

For those who like literary adventure and respectful, friendly discussion with an occasional spiritual spin, come take part in our meetings at 7:00 pm on periodic Fridays.  We meet for refreshments and lively discussion in the conference room in the pastoral center.

Books are recommended and voted on by members of the group, and usually include both fiction and nonfiction.  Our group is registered with the Howard County Library, so copies of selections will be set aside one month before the discussion.

  • 2005:  Life of Pi, The Known World, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness,  Gilead.

  • 2006: The Devil's Advocate,  Never Let Me Go,  Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith,  Death Comes for the Archbishop,  The Chosen,  Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell,  East of Eden, The Measure of God: Our Century-Long Struggle to Reconcile Science and Religion.

  • 2007: The Kite Runner, 1776, The Thirteenth Tale, Touching the Void, The Glass Castle, Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships With Women, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Left to Tell, The World Without Us.

  • 2008:  A Thousand Splendid Suns, Brideshead Revisited, Power to the People, Morte d'Urban, The Alchemist, The Sparrow, The Book Thief, The Color of Water

  • 2009: Three Cups of Tea; The Shack; People of the Book; Dear and Glorious Physician; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; The Horse Boy

  • 2010:  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; The Year of Living Biblically; The History of Love; West with the Night; The Lemon Tree; The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

  • 2011: The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Wives of Henry Oades, What the Dead Know, The Housekeeper and the Professor, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Silver Sparrow

  • 2012:  Faith, The Professor and the Madman:  A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford Dictionary, Doc, Turn of Mind, Blessings, Crooked Letter, Caleb’s Crossing

  • 2013:  Destiny of the Republic, State of Wonder, Little Bee, Of Human Bondage, Christy, The Last Juror, 1984, The Devil in the White City

  • 2014:  The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Dinner, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The End of Your Life Book Club, The Circle, The Husband’s Secret

  • 2015:  The Invention of Wings, The Goldfinch, The Aviator’s Wife, Let the Great World Spin, The Light Between Oceans, Sarah’s Key, Burial Rites

  • 2016:  The Truth According to Us, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Underground Girls of Kabul, The Boys in the Boat, Norwegian by Night, All the Light We Cannot See, The Lake House, Orphan Train

  • 2017:  A Man Called Ove, When Breath Becomes Air, March, The Little Paris Bookshop, News of the World, Life in a Jar, The Rent Collector, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, The Whistling Season

  • 2018:  The Art Forger, The Underground Railroad, The Blue Sweater, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Tiger, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Before the Fall, Rules of Civility

  • 2019:  Death in Disguise (with guest author Karen Neary Smithson), Little Fires Everywhere, Great Lion of God, Pachinko, Maid, The Paris Architect, Born a Crime, The Pecan Man, Educated

  • 2020: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, Once We Were Brothers, Homegoing, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, In Order to Live, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Dark Tide, Ordinary Grace

  • 2021: Me Before You, The Book of Lost Friends, Island of Sea Women, Mornings in Jenin, Anxious People, Hamnet, American Dirt, As Bright as Heaven, Finding Freedom, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

  • 2022: Project Hail Mary

COORDINATOR:  Kathy Will   (410) 461-9211