The Crossing to Safety book club is a group of nine highly educated and professional women who have been meeting since 2007, occasionally in pajamas, says club member Erin Duffy. The club name comes from the novel by Wallace Stegner. “We just thought it captured the feeling we have about the book club and the people in it,” Duffy said.
Tell us about your club. When the book club began, we were adamant that we didn’t want to talk about our husbands and children. Book club was a way for us to keep our minds engaged in the world beyond parenting. But, over time the book club evolved.
All members offer unconditional support and acceptance to each other. On occasions where a member is coping with something difficult, we have an “all hands on deck” approach where we pitch in to help. One of our members had a 7-year-old child diagnosed with cancer two years ago. In the aftermath of the diagnosis, every book club member supported her family with food, child care, carpooling and many other tasks. But the book club supported her by showing up at the children’s hospital 30 miles away and having a book club meeting in the lobby. Every single member was there.
What are you reading now? “The Signature of All Things,” by Elizabeth Gilbert
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What is your club’s favorite book? “The Sparrow,” by Mary Doria Russell
What’s unique about your club? We are not a wine, supper or conversation club, although our meetings sometimes involve all of those things. We read serious books and love having literary, deep discussions about them.
While our views and backgrounds are sometimes different, we are all spiritual seekers in the Christian tradition and initially made a conscious effort to choose books with a theological and/or spiritual dimension. We have discovered that most books have a spiritual component, whether the author intended it or not, and we love to find that component and explore it.
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The Signature of All Things
Riverhead Books, 512 pages