One thing to know about our club: The Chapter 1 book club is celebrating its 25th year as a book-discussion group. Our club was started in 1985 by a group of moms who had young children in elementary school and wanted an intellectual diversion from motherhood. Since 1985, the group has read more than 200 book titles and maintained monthly discussions with original and new members. The Chapter 1 book club owes its long history to club historian Sharon Thielbar, who in 1989 began keeping a list of all the books we discussed. Sharon died a few years ago and is missed tremendously.
Authors we'd most like to meet: Jane Smiley, Lee Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.
Worst reason anyone has given for not reading an assigned book: "Reading makes me fall asleep."
Average time we spend talking about a book before the conversation swerves off into politics and family issues: We spend about an hour talking about the book and then start discussing topics in our lives that relate to the book. The person who hosts the discussion generally has a lot of material on the book. That keeps our conversation on track.
Five books we loved: "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner, "Fair and Tender Ladies" by Lee Smith, "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro, "Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser and "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver.
Next book: "Wuthering Heights" by Emily BronteCopyright © 2015, CT Now