The Grateful Read of Chatham County has 16 members and named their club with the Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia in mind, says club member Donna Yerby.
When and where do you meet? We meet in our members’ homes the last Thursday evening of every month except December. We take turns hosting.
Tell us about your club. We are avid readers with diverse backgrounds and interests; our group includes educators, researchers, nurses, business owners and retirees. We select books from contemporary literature, classic fiction, memoirs, nonfiction and biographies. At our meetings, we take some time for socializing and then sit down for dinner. It’s “potluck” but always incredible food, as we all cook and many of us garden. Occasionally, we have included dishes based on the book’s setting or theme. We discuss the book over dinner. The book discussion is unstructured but always lively discourse as our preferences and opinions vary greatly! We are friends first, and we maintain a “no pressure” policy. It’s OK to attend if you haven’t finished (or read) the book. Given our busy lives, some members are not able to attend regularly, so our numbers vary. We are supportive of and grateful for each other.
What are you reading now? “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
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What is your club’s favorite book? “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini and “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
What’s unique about your club? The club started in the early ’90s; no one can determine exactly when as it began with a small group that expanded over time. We needed an “official” name in order to register for the book club rate at McIntyre’s Books and had just learned of Jerry Garcia’s death. So we became the Grateful Read.
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