book club podcast.


Osheta and I have a problem: we really, really like each other, and we really, really like book clubs – but how do you have a real live bookclub with a dear friend when you live two states away?

You have a book club podcast.

The format is simple:

  1. Get the book.
  2. Read the book
  3. Head to the Shalom Sistas Hangout on Facebook and leave a comment
  4. Listen for the episode at the end of every month as Osheta and discuss the book and potentially feature YOUR thoughts!

We can’t wait to read and enter into shalom with you! 

February: Food, Health and Happiness (Oprah Winfrey) – join us as we read and cook through our first cookbook together! Because, “Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you, she has had a complicated relationship with food. It’s been both a source of delight and comfort for her, but also the cause of an ongoing struggle with her weight.” I can’t wait to see what she tells me to eat!


March: The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon). This YA book kicks off the theme of hopeful resistance, and I’m telling you now: Yoon is a master storyteller. Her book Everything, Everything was one of my favorite reads of 2016, and I can’t wait to enter into this one with all of you.


April: ONE (Deidra Riggs). Am I allowed to be more than excited for books, two months in a row? Deidra’s book kicks off the theme of division within hopeful resistance, and I can’t think of a better shalom-seeking book than this one. (Note: book releases April 4, 2017).




May: Hallelujah Anyway (Anne Lamott). I know, I know – how the H-E-double hockey sticks did we get so lucky as to read three amazing books three months in a row? Squeeze me. With the theme of defensiveness within hopeful resistance rounding out May, we could think of a better author who’s offered the world a dose of vulnerability than this saint(Note: book also releases April 4, 2017). 


June: LaRose (Louise Erdrich). When it comes to the theme of despair within hopeful resistance, we yearned to read an adult fiction book that dealt with the issues of mental illness and was written by a woman of color. Erdrich, who’s Native American, fit the bill with this 2016 New York Times Bestseller, and I, for one, can’t wait to read it.


July: Saints and Misfits (S.K. Ali). If this opening line doesn’t get you, I don’t know what will: “…an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life …starring a Muslim teen.” I mean, I love me some Claire Danes, but I can’t wait to read this top pick, right in the middle of Camp Shalom!

August: Foreign Soil (Maxine Beneba Clark). When Elle Magazine marked this book as one of their most anticipated reads of 2017, I knew I had to check it out. So, here’s the deal: it’s written by a West Indian and Australian writer and slam poet, so you know the literary juices will be flowing with this one. And, maybe it’s because I read in bits and spurts during the summer, but a book of short stories that take place all over the world seem quite appropriate to me!

September – December 2017 books will be announced later this year. Happy reading! 

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