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Book Club

The University Friends Circle Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Merced. 

Common Interest Committee Co-Chairs Pauline Cuchna ( and Martha Goodwin ( invite all UFC members to join them for robust discussion each month. Book Club members rotate responsibility for book selection. Our next meeting, in which we will discuss the January book, will be on Thursday, May 4, 2023

April 2023 Book of the Month: The Marriage Portrait, by Maggie O'Farrell. Set in Florence in the mid 1500s, this is an unforgettable portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de’ Medici (yes, THAT Medici) as she makes her way in a troubled court. Is she merely a pawn in her family's desire for power? It is gripping historical fiction.


Previous titles this academic year:

  • March 2023: The Secret History: A Novel by Donna Tartt
  • February 2023: The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel by Marie Benedict
  • January 2023: American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who became American's First Paramedics by Kevin Hazzard
  • December 2022: Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan 
  • November 2022: The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
  • October 2022: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  • September 2022: Horse by Geraldine Brooks