Book Group


The Baldwin Street Book Group gets together every 4 to 6 weeks for a casual discussion about a book we have all read. Every group member is encouraged to take a turn in making a book selection. Consequently we have read books with a variety of themes, genres and settings.

New members are welcome. Call Phyllis at 457-0453 for dates and places.


Title                                                        Author                                   

Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We Never Asked for Wings

Paulette Giles

News of the World

Phaedra Patrick

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Susan Lovell

The Sandpiper

Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone

Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy

Louis Sachar


John Grisham

A Time To Kill

Lois Lowry

The Giver

May Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Secret Daughter

Rhoda Janzen

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

Willla Cather

My Antonia

Jim Fergus

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Gary Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars

Chris Bohjalian


Anne Tyler

The Amateur Marriage

Current Book

Before We Were Yours

Lisa Wingate

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

September 25

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