Second Saturday Book Group – “Search” by Michelle Huneven

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Date(s) - 11/12/2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Via Zoom

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2022-2023 Theme: UUA’s 4th Principle:

A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning!

Selection:   Search by Michelle Huneven

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022        Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

First published: 2022         Meeting Place: On Zoom

Number of Pages: 394, including 59 pages of recipes!

Leader: Dorie Maxwell or 561-301-4204.


Since our congregation will be searching for a new minister this year, our book group has chosen  for its theme the UUA’s Fourth Principle: A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning!  And for our first book— the novel Search.

While Search is definitely written by Michelle Huneven, she writes this as an “autobiographical novel.”  We find a second title page within the novel, which is entitled “Search: A Memoir with Recipes by Dana Louise Potowski.”  Dana is our imaginary narrator throughout, and she tells us about her experience serving on the Search Committee of her Unitarian Universalist congregation in Southern California. Since Dana is a restaurant critic and food writer who has just finished her latest bestseller, she decides to secretly write a memoir about her search experience, with recipes, for her next book.

Search is an enjoyable novel but a little controversial about a UU church which has an 8-person Search Committee searching for a new minister.  While considering books for our Second Saturday Book Group’s 2022-2023 season, several of our members mentioned that they had read this, and that while they enjoyed it, they thought it doesn’t always leave a real favorable impression of UUs.  After reading several reviews and summaries about it, I decided to meet this head-on.  So as we kick off the season with Search,  we’ll enjoy its humor, see pros & cons in conducting a UU ministerial search, and send our best wishes and gratitude to our 1stUUPB Search Committee.

As always, members and friends are welcome to join our discussion— whether you’ve finished the book or not.   And after our discussion anyone whose in town is welcome to join up at Brio’s in the Gardens Mall for lunch and fellowship.    Be sure you are signed up with me for the Zoom invitation.

Want to plan ahead for December?   On December 10—the next second Saturday— in honor of the recent death of the British Commonwealth’s Queen Elizabeth II and the uncertainty of the future of that Commonwealth under the new King Charles III, we’re reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, an English classic from  early in the colonial era when many European countries were exploiting African people and treasures.