The Island Girl Book Club is a group of preschool teachers who met at Resurrection Lutheran Preschool in Cary, says club member Stacy Thompson. “We are avid readers and began sharing books and talking during lunch and get-togethers about books.”
Tell us about your club. We have been meeting since 2006. In the early days, we picked our own books. Recently, with the popularity of book clubs, our library assembles a list of books for book clubs, and we now use the library’s list. This new arrangement is nice because we choose from the list of books provided, and we get to read books recommended by other book clubs and the library.
What are you reading now? “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” by Dorothy Wickenden
What is your club’s favorite book? “The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes” by Diane Chamberlain.
What’s unique about your club? When we were headed to our annual beach retreat in 2010, one of our members noticed via Facebook that author Diane Chamberlain was planning a trip to the beach the same weekend. As it happens, we were reading her book, “The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes,” so we sent her an email message asking if she would kindly take a moment to meet with us to talk about the book.
We never expected we’d get an answer, but Diane wrote back and said she would give us a call when she arrived at the beach. And she did! She came over and sat with us for over an hour, talking about her career, the mechanics of writing, her ideas for books and more. It was a thrilling day for all of us. We were so starstruck, but Diane was so down to earth and enjoyable that we will never forget our good fortune to get to meet her in person! Reading books will always be our passion and sharing with each other is our greatest pleasure.
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Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Scribner, 320 pages