This summer, we want to take our more relaxed rhythm to create a new opportunity: reading and discussing a good book with new friends.

We have two hopes for our Summer Reading Groups. First, we hope that you can bond with other Soma folks through reading and discussing a worthwhile book. And second, we hope that the big ideas explored in these books - historical, personal, or philosophical - will lead to fruitful reflection on the big questions of life.

Check out the books below; if you see one that interests you, email the leader to let them know you're interested, and invite friends to join you this summer!

Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough
Leader: Lynda Brill
Meeting: Mondays, June 13 – Aug 1 | 7-8:30p
The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Leader: Allison Rhea
Meeting: Every other Tuesday, beginning June 14 | 7:45p
The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking
Leader: Joseph Rhea
Meeting: Every other Tuesday, beginning June 7 | 7:45p
Susan Cain makes the case the introversion has become underrated and underappreciated in modern American society: that we give credibility, value, and authority to extroverts and pass over what introverts can bring to the table. She goes on to suggest ways that introverts can make the most of their gifts in the world.


Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Genre: Science Fiction
Leader: Lindsay Barlow
Meeting: Sunday afternoons, TBA
Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of Dr. Ransom. Abducted by two men for a human sacrifice and taken to the red planet of Malacandra, Ransom escapes, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity.