SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR FIELD NOTES FOR AUGUST: ONE NIGHT TWO SOULS WENT WALKING

Isn’t it delightful to be able to meet together in person again?  Not that there was anything particularly wrong with zoom meetings, and for most of my book groups, they were the way we could stay connected, but real live, face to face meetings, complete with coffee and donuts, are so much better!  The Field Notes book group, larger than it’s been in months, got together in person in the library on Saturday to discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, our July book selection, and talked about the real life women who inspired the characters in the book, about poverty and prejudice and the love of books and reading.  Then, as we usually do, we voted on the book we’re going to read for August.  This was a more difficult vote than usual (though at least I didn’t have to join in to break a tie, as I have done once or twice), but eventually the group decided on One Night Two Souls Went Walking, by Ellen Cooney.  Copies will be available at the library shortly.

Anyone who has been reading this blog will suspect that I promoted this particular book enthusiastically, and I did (though not to the point of twisting any arms, literally or figuratively), but only because I really loved this book when I read it at the end of 2020 (see here).  A lyrical, beautifully written book about a young woman chaplain doing her nightly rounds at a hospital, dealing with all the people in need of her help, whether they’re living or dying, this short book is powerful and compassionate, like the unnamed protagonist, and I have reason to believe we’re going to have some interesting discussions about faith and souls, life and death and what may come after death, in response to the book. 

The only disadvantage of doing book groups in person, as compared to doing them over zoom, is that people do have to be relatively close to the Field Library in order to attend (by zoom, you could be anywhere in the world and participate), so if you’re in our area, come and join us on August 21 from 11 to 12:30.  If you’re not, you’ll just have to wait for my report on how our discussion went (or read the book yourself — you won’t be sorry if you do).  

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