Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comMarch 8, 2014 

“The Smartest Kids in the World” by Amanda Ripley.

  • Non-fiction

    The smartest kids in the world: and how they got that way

    Amanda Ripley

    Simon & Schuster, 306 pages

The 26 women of the Sistas@<3 (Sistas @ Heart) book club have been meeting in members’ Wake County homes since 2010, according to club member Yvonne Drew.

When do you meet? The first Friday of every month except July.

Tell us about your club: We hold a special planning meeting in late November to plan our books for the next year. Members bring book suggestions to nominate. Changes have been made during the year if someone nominates a newer title and enough members want to make the change. Members volunteer to host the meeting, and a calendar for the year is drawn up. We communicate via a Facebook page. Members bring an item to create a dinner, and the first hour is spent in fellowship among members. Book discussion follows.

What are you reading now? “The smartest kids in the world: and how they got that way” by Amanda Ripley.

What is your club’s favorite book? “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers.

What’s unique about your club? We are a group of African-American women of all ages with like-minded Christian values. Some of the books we read have Christian themes. As a group, we support one another and our families as well as our community. Yearly group members participate in the Wake Tech 5K run, and at Christmas we have donated to Toys for Tots. In December, we hold a Christmas Social where members bring their husbands for a evening of music and dancing. In July, we have a family day, when children are invited to meet others and enjoy the day.

How to join: If you’re interested in joining the Sistas@<3, contact Yvonne Drew at

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