7:30 PM EST, January 25, 2013
More Than a Book Club
Our book club began almost accidentally at a Mary Kay party in 1994. Someone at the event suggested we begin one, and before we knew it we were reading "A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley and meeting once a month at each other's homes.
Our connection was the local grade school in Batavia.
As the years have gone by we have become entrenched in each other's lives; that's why we call ourselves More Than a Book Club.
Every other month we discuss a book; the alternating month we meet socially. The hostess chooses the book. We can discuss the book at length, or time spent on the book may be minimal.
We have gone on some fun field trips. We read (or attempted to read) "The Bostonians" by Henry James and went to Boston. After reading "Big Stone Gap" by Adriana Trigiani we traveled to West Virginia and got a tour. "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan inspired us to go to Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Spring Green, Wis. And "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson warranted a trip to Chicago for an architectural boat tour and lunch at the Burnham Hotel.
Other books we have enjoyed are "Stones From the River" by Ursula Hegi, "My Antonia" by Willa Cather, "I Feel Bad About My Neck" by Nora Ephron, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand and "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain.
Recently we read "Return to Wake Robin" by Batavia author Marnie O. Mamminga. It's a memoir of her time at her family's cabin in Wisconsin. This book captures the '50s and '60s in a way that really connects. Marnie attended our Book Club this summer, and it was an amazing evening.
Up next: "The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap" by Wendy Welch, and "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness" by Alexandra Fuller.
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