The Pearls Book Club is a Raleigh group, primarily African-American women, according to club member Marva Richey.
When and where do you meet? We meet the third Sunday afternoon of the month in the home of one of our members. We have been meeting since 1999.
Tell us about your club. We read fiction, nonfiction, mystery, poetry, biographies, classics and an occasional business, self-help or financial planning book. We read for enjoyment, personal growth and for fun. We read because we know that each book, each chapter, yes, and each word is a gift that we unwrap for ourselves and that we can share with others.
What are you reading now? “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” by Barack Obama
What is your club’s favorite book? “The Good Earth,” by Pearl S. Buck
What’s unique about your club? For several years, our book club was just called “The Book Club.” After reading “The Good Earth,” we were deeply moved by the character of O-lan. She struggled as woman, wife and mother and held on to two precious pearls until they were forcefully taken by her husband, Wang Lung. At that point, we decided to name our book club “Pearls.” As one member stated, “We take back the pearls that Wang Lung took from O-lan. We reclaim and restore all that she had to sacrifice in her life.”
In November 2007, we established ourselves as a nonprofit organization and expanded our mission to include leading summer reading clubs for elementary and middle school students. To reach college-age students, members donate to the Orrie H. Lee Book Scholarship Fund, named for the mother of two club members.
How to join: Although our membership has remained predominantly African-American women (we do have one male reader who participates in absentia!), we not do limit our club membership. If you’re interested in joining the Pearls Book Club, contact Carolyn Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Three Rivers Press, 457 pages