advertising a Contemporary Book Discussion Club for women that meet
once a month. I have always enjoyed reading and thought that by joining a
book club, I would have the opportunity to meet some interesting women and
be introduced to some types of books that I would not otherwise read.
I remember that first day when I arrived at a strange home and was greeted
by 12 friendly faces, none of which I knew. It was a little intimidating, but
I got through it okay. I even remember the book, one about Jimmy Carter.
Little did I know that the book club had been meeting since 1983 and that
all of the women were voracious readers!
Most of these lovely ladies are a little older than me--I would say six to eight
years. I don't have much in common with them other than a love for books,
certainly not political views, but that subject, as well as is religion, is off limits!
Most have grandchildren, from infants to college age. I have none.
But I always come away from the two hours I spend with them each month
with a funny story or some bit of information from one of their life experiences
that I find interesting. Not to mention, a rousing discussion about a book I
probably would not have read otherwise.
Each May we chose the books for the entire next year. They are chosen from
various categories such as biography, travel, mystery, non-fiction, etc. Here is
our selections for June 2013 to June 2014.
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (I have read and highly recommend)
- Company of Liers: A Novel by Karen Maitland
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
- Navajos Wear Nikes by Jim Kristofic
- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millarda
- Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bislands's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
- Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner
- My Beloved World by Sonia Solomayor
- The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ( I have read and highly recommend)
- The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel by Adam Johnson
- The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
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