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Change Your Life One Book at a Time!

Start reading today or join the discussion even if you didn’t read the book!

Tuesdays, 12:30 PM in the Great Hall

Reservations are greatly appreciated in order to provide seating
Contact CSL Co-President Sandra Vuitel at or 314.300.8858



November 29
Two Dogs and a Parrot, by Joan Chittister
This leading inspirational writer invites readers to embrace and celebrate the deep bond between humans and animals. Two Dogs and a Parrot offers both heart-warming stories and thought-provoking reflections about sharing life with an animal companion. She believes companion animals draw us out of ourselves and show us what it truly means to be alive. They teach us to accept life’s struggles and cherish its pleasures and the importance of being able to accept ourselves and respect others. They help us to find purpose and meaning in what we do, and to overcome challenges and setbacks. In our treasured animals we observe varying degrees of excitement and play, of love and fear. And we realize their beautiful uniqueness, their sensitivities and strong sense of purpose. Two Dogs and a Parrot will speak to us all. It illuminates the significance of sharing our lives with a pet and celebrates the great gift of animals in our world.


January 24
The Girl with the Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. The Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.