1:43 PM EST, March 5, 2013
Our club has 16 members, all of whom live in Sun City Huntley and are also members of P.E.O. International (a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women).
We are in our seventh year and meet once a month in each others' homes from 10 a.m. to noon. Coffee, pastry and conversation take up the first half hour, then the hostess starts our discussion with a biography of the author.
We urge everyone to come even if they haven't finished that month's selection.
The Huntley Area Public Library provides all the books from the interlibrary system, and we keep them for a month. Titles for the coming year are chosen in October. In addition to novels we try to include biography, nonfiction, history, memoir, mystery and an old favorite. This year's old favorite is Willa Cather's "My Antonia."
Local author Erane Elizabeth Scully visited one meeting to talk about her memoir "The Carrion Vine." And after reading "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan, we had a private tour of Wright's Oak Park home and studio followed by refreshments and a docent-led discussion of the book.
Books we have loved include "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay, "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "The Samurai's Garden" by Gail Tsukiyama.
The format of "The Book Thief," with Death as the narrator, was unusual and compelling.
We did not like "Mrs. Woolfe and the Servants" by Alison Light. It read like a dull textbook, and when we realized no one liked it, there was no further discussion, and instead we talked about books we have liked.
Up next: "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand and "Catherine the Great" by Robert K. Massie.
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