Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comMay 18, 2014 

“The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty.

  • Fiction

    The Chaperone

    Laura Moriarty

    Riverhead, 384 pages

The members of Minds Between the Lines call themselves “serious readers/fun ladies,” according to club member Jill Kirby. The group of six has been gathering in Raleigh since the early 1990s.

When and where do you meet? We meet on Sunday afternoons in our homes or sometimes at a restaurant and enjoy being together from 1 p.m. until about 4 or 5 p.m. We dress nicely, prepare anything from appetizers, dessert and coffee and at times, lunch or dinner. You can always count on delicious wine to accompany our visiting time and discussions. Our group loves being together with lots of laughter, but most importantly, wonderful, thought-provoking discussions of our beloved books.

Tell us about your club. Our May/June meeting is the time to select the book lineup for the coming year. Each member may try to “sell” their books (three each) to the group by giving a brief introduction and explaining why each would create a lively discussion. Eight books are selected by popular vote. Over all these years, we have gotten pretty good at selecting a wide range of reads that provide great conversations! We read fiction and nonfiction and at times incorporate a movie or a guest speaker.

What are you reading now? We just finished “The Chaperone,” by Laura Moriarty.

What is your club’s favorite book? “The Power of One,” by Bryce Courtenay

What’s unique about your club? We are most proud of our recent discovery of Skype and our ability to visit with and discuss the books with our friend who has moved to Germany. The time difference works well, enabling us to connect with our friend around 2:30 p.m., putting her time at 8:30 p.m. This is amazing and fun! Many members of our group are planning a 10-day trip to Italy in the fall and will be joined by our friend in Germany. We are a group of talented, smart, loving, fun, caring, sharing ladies. Each member is treasured!

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