OLMC Book Club

Thursday, February 11th, 2021
The Mount Carmel Book Club is back! Founded by pastor emeritus Fr. Dan O’Neill, O.Carm.
Friends and Readers!
Our first meeting of the renewed OLMC Book Club is fast approaching.
I hope you’re enjoying this month’s book. I’m finding it well…. interesting. I hadn’t read the book before and I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about or maybe just throw the book at the wall (or at me)!
If you were unable to get the book, don’t think you’ll finish it, or simply don’t want to, that is all fine.
Please attend anyway so we can discuss how we, as a club, would like to move forward on issues of how to choose new books, how to acquire them and the general structure of the meetings moving forward.
For those interested in an abridged approach to the book. Below is a clip of an interview with Mary Karr with Fr. James Martin, SJ and below that, the New York Times Book Review of the memoir if you just want a primer.
Below that, you’ll find the Zoom login information for those of you who will be joining us via Zoom. I’ll have coffee in the morning and if we decide, maybe a sip of wine at the evening session?
Please feel free to bring a recommendation for a book you would like to suggest for the group to read next time. Feel free to choose by theme (it’s Lent!, March is Women’s History Month, prize winners, etc.) or by personal taste (bestsellers! a couple of books of poetry, a translation, a classic! non-fiction books, beach reads, or thriller!.) We’ll choose our next book after Tuesday.
If you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know.
Interview with Mary Karr with Fr. James Martin, SJ
The interview begins at the 4 minute mark and goes to the 20 minute mark.
New York Times Book Review of Lit by Mary Karr
Zoom Information
9:15 a.m. Meeting
Topic: OLMC Book Club Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 2, 2021 9:15 AM
Meeting ID: 959 7095 6590
Passcode: xK800T
7:30 p.m. Meeting

Topic: OLMC Book Club Evening Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 2, 2021 7:30 PM
Meeting ID: 967 1320 8995
Passcode: tJ5x4s


Choice for the month of February is Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr

Lit follows the self-professed sinner’s descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness–and to her astonishing resurrection. As she describes it, Lit is about “my journey from blackbelt sinner and lifelong agnostic to unlikely Catholic.” Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can’t outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in ‘The Mental Marriott,’ with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely Catholic faith. Not since Saint Augustine cried, ‘Give me chastity, Lord-but not yet!’ has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity. Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober, becoming a mother by letting go of a mother, learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr’s relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up–as only Mary Karr can tell it.

To purchase the book at local bookstores Click HERE for a listing.

OLMC is not affiliated with any of these stores.

To purchase the audio book or a copy of the book from Amazon Smile,  Click HERE

 A small portion goes to the Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel when purchasing from Amazon Smile.

To borrow the book for free in audio format, large print or hardcopy, Click HERE

Must have a library card issued from a town in Bergen County.

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