Glenwood South Book Club members are residents of Glenwood Towers, a subsidized Raleigh housing development for seniors, says volunteer Mary Anne Grabarek.
When and where do you meet? An average of 10 members (mostly women but one man from time to time) meet in the Glenwood Towers library the first and third Monday afternoons each month.
Tell us about your club. The club was established in February 2010 when the late LaRue Woodward, a resident of Glenwood Towers, had the idea for a book discussion group and approached Saint Saviour’s Center, a community outreach ministry that serves Glenwood Towers residents, about starting one. At the same time, I approached St. Saviour’s with the idea of starting a book group, and we have been meeting ever since.
What are you reading now? “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats,” by Jan-Philipp Sendker
What is your club’s favorite book? “Raney,” by Clyde Edgerton
What’s unique about your club? The Wake County Library provides the books for the group through the book kit system. I pick up the books from the library, distribute them to the members and collect the books used for discussion that day. Several of the book club members are long-time avid readers, but others are newly interested in the idea of reading and discussing books. The discussions are lively and show the depth and breadth of members’ ideas and creativity. We mostly read fiction, although there has been some interest in biographies. I am the designated discussion leader, but the group members are very involved in talking about all aspects of each book. They are willing to take on challenging material and have read many Pulitzer Prize winners over the years. The book group universally disliked “The Remains of the Day,” one of my favorites!
How to join: Any resident of Glenwood Towers is welcome to join our book club meetings.
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