REVIEWS AND ADVANCE PRAISE for AT THE CENTER

At the Center combines Van Soest’s depiction of a world that she, as a social worker and professor, is intimately familiar with, and all the ingredients of an exciting mystery novel. – Readers’ Favorite, Five Stars Review Imagine a soft-boiled twist on detective Sam...

Book Club Discussion Guide, Just Mercy

Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. What is the significance of the novel’s title, Just Mercy? Discuss its possible different meanings and why you think the author selected this title. 2. In chapter one, the murderer presses the sharp point of the knife into the...

At the Center: A Book Club and Readers’ Guide

Book Club Questions and Topics 1. What is the significance of the novel’s title, At the Center? Discuss possible meanings and why you think the author selected this title. 2. With which characters did you feel the most sympathy and connection? Why? How did your...

A Conversation about the Death Penalty

The Power of Story: A Conversation about the Death Penalty Governor Jay Inslee brought the issue of capital punishment to the forefront in our state in February of this year when he announced a moratorium on executions and called on us to join the national debate...

Reviews and Advance Praise for Just Mercy

Just Mercy, the story of a grieving mother whose teenage daughter is brutally murdered, exquisitely portrays the complexity and difficulty of forgiveness and its power take us to the inescapable truth that we are all connected. Bernadette Baker and her family will...