Summer 2019 Reading for UUFSD Book Clubs

  • Monday, June 10th, 7pm
    American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
    In recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six. O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

  • Thursday, June 20th, 10am
    The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu’ (A Memoir)
    For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol.

  • Monday, July 8th, 7pm
    Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    A reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings first published in 1854 – part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. Does Walden still speak to you? Do any recent books have the same impact?

  • Thursday, July 18th, 10am
    Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
    Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter (and secret kiss) reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

All Book Clubs meet in the Palmer Library here on the UUFSD campus. Call or text Cathy Leach-Phillips at 650 224-1974 with comments or questions(or send email to