Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comJune 1, 2014 

  • Fiction

    Hiding Gladys

    Lee Mims

    Midnight Ink, 264 pages

The Round Dozen Book Club in Wake County was founded in 1936, according to club member Nancy Poole, when “Mrs. Evelyn Poole, Mrs. Ruth Baucom and Mrs. Meta Stallings decided they just wanted to have a good time with people who have the same interests.” They invited nine friends to join this group, and they found they had a round dozen.

When and where do you meet? We meet once a month at a location chosen by that month’s hostess. It may be in her home or at a club or restaurant. The hostess also chooses the meeting topic, which is not necessarily related to the books we’re reading.

Tell us about your club. When the club started in the 1930s in the Mount Moriah community, libraries were not handy outside the larger cities, so club members each purchased one book a year to rotate through the membership. At the beginning of the club year, each member submits one hardback fiction book to our librarian. The one dozen books are then rotated so that each member receives a new book each month. Selections range from classics to best-sellers. Meetings may include a member reading, or guest lectures by political representatives, writers, international travelers or thinkers. Topics have included a musical concert, bicentennial-era clothing and food, World War II and gourmet cooking.

What are you reading now? One of the books in our current rotation is “Hiding Gladys,” by Lee Mims.

What is your club’s favorite book? “Nights in Rodanthe,” by Nicholas Sparks

What’s unique about your club? Charter members have passed down membership to daughters, daughters-in-law or close friends. After 78 years, we still have a dozen very active members, ranging in age from 40 to 104! The club has also been a mentor in the founding of other book clubs.

Club motto: “It is a tie between men to have read the same books.”

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