Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comJune 8, 2014 

“Ella Minnow Pea” by Mark Dunn.

  • Fiction

    Ella Minnow Pea

    Mark Dunn

    Anchor Books, 208 pages

The Stonehenge Book Club is a neighborhood club of about 20 women who have been meeting since 1997, says club member Char Rafferty.

When and where do you meet? We meet the second Thursday of the month in our members’ homes.

Tell us about your club. We sign up a year in advance to host. The host chooses the book, trying to choose one for which Wake County Public Library has a book club kit (so members don’t need to buy one), and distributes the books at the previous meeting. The host provides some snacks, often a dessert and always wine. Like every club, we have a few “talkers” who can take over, so we start each meeting with every member rating the book on a scale from 1-10 and giving a brief reason for the score. This way, everyone gets a chance to give an opinion. Then, we may or may not use the general questions provided in the book club kit. The discussion always has thought-provoking observations and lasts 45 to 90 minutes.

What are you reading now? “Ella Minnow Pea,” by Mark Dunn.

What is your club’s favorite book? “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett.

What’s unique about your club? We are a multigenerational group: some grandmas, and some with preschoolers, and many in between. For many of us, our paths most likely would never have crossed if it weren’t for this book club. I always come away having learned something, seeing a new point of view, and feeling the love and safety of a very nonjudgmental, caring group of women.

How to join: Residents of the Stonehenge neighborhood interested in joining the book club should contact Toni Cox at or call 919-848-0583.

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