The 11 members of the Reading Between the Wines book club read “a big variety of book genres,” says club member Lisa Mooneyham.
When and where do you meet? We meet the second Thursday of each month. Club members take turns hosting the meetings in our homes. Over the years, we’ve chosen books a lot of different ways: from the host selecting that month’s book, to a Wake County library listing, to freshmen reading lists for local colleges. Now, book titles are “nominated” and chosen by consensus.
Tell us about your club. We read pretty much everything, but we mostly like reading wine labels! Meetings are super relaxed and informal, with wine and a food spread by the hostess, many times themed according to the book. When we read “Cutting for Stone,” set in Ethiopia, the spread included Doro Wat and an Ethiopian fruit salad. We spend about an hour eating and catching up with each other, then the hostess leads a discussion of the book. We first do an official “finger vote” to share simultaneously how much everyone liked the book on a scale of 1 to 10. We typically spend 30 minutes to an hour talking about the book, although we talked about “The Red Tent” for almost two hours!
What are you reading now? “A Land More Kind Than Home,” by Wiley Cash
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What is your club’s favorite book? “Memoirs of a Geisha,” by Arthur Golden
What’s unique about your club? We started as a group of five neighbors in 1997, and, over the years, have collected other members who are good friends of the original group. The coolest thing about our book club is that we have all become such good friends, supporting each other through family crisis, surgeries, cancer and deaths of parents, and celebrating family achievements like graduations, “big” birthdays and marriages. We once had a Pink Party to support a book club member who had just been diagnosed with cancer. With the exception of one sweet single member, we have 10 marriages (all first marriages) lasting from 20 to more than 36 years!
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