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tleonard@newsobserver.comMarch 23, 2014 

“World Made by Hand” by James Howard Kunstler.

  • Fiction

    World Made By Hand

    James Howard Kunstler

    Grove Press, 336 pages

The Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian’s book discussion group, describes itself as “omnivorous,” according to members Chris and Susan Mazzara. While the group sometimes discusses religious or political works, members are really looking for fellowship, a wide circle of friends and a good read.

When and where do you meet? We meet the third Friday of every month (except July) in group members’ homes.

Tell us about your club. We have been meeting since about 1995. At our August meeting, members bring their suggestions, and each person “pitches” their books. We vote, and the top eight vote-getters form our reading list for the year. In December, instead of reading a book, we watch a movie together. It is chosen in much the same way: Members suggest titles, and we vote. Our meetings start at 7:30 p.m. We discuss the book until about 9 and then have refreshments provided by the host. We do not have a designated book discussion leader. Instead, our discussion is free-for-all and wide-ranging. For movie night, we set up a DVD player and projector in the church fellowship hall, watch the movie, and then discuss it over potluck snacks.

What are you reading now? “World Made by Hand” by James Howard Kunstler.

What is your club’s favorite book? “Confederates in the Attic” by Tony Horwitz.

What’s unique about your club? It sometimes confuses people that, although we are a church group, the titles are seldom religious. We read whatever the group chooses: fiction or nonfiction. We are pretty much 50-50 men and women. Most are couples, but we also have singles and marrieds who come without spouses. We have always resisted the label “book club” in favor of “book group.” (“Book club” sounds too exclusive.) We emphasize that you do not have to have read the book to attend a meeting. In fact, some people end up reading the book only after hearing the discussion.

How to join: If you’re interested in joining the Kirk of Kildaire, contact Susan Mazzara at

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