The Literary Locusts Book Group, with members from Cary’s Lochmere neighborhood, started in 1999 when one of the founding members called up several friends because she wanted to discuss a poignant book she had just finished, says member Peggy Warner.
Tell us about your club. For each meeting, the host selects the book and provides the drinks, and everyone brings an appetizer to share. Often the ethnicity of food mirrors the literary selection to be discussed. At one of our first meetings, the host’s husband saw the immense spread of sumptuous food on the table as the group assembled. An hour later he walked by and was amazed to find the food was gone. He christened us “The Literary Locusts.”
What are you reading now? “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” by Katherine Boo
What is your club’s favorite book? “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese
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What’s unique about your club? When our group formed, reading was a pleasurable diversion but not every member had time to read every selection. We were all mothers grappling with the usual stresses of balancing time with spouses, children, jobs, aging parents and volunteer activities. We looked forward to relaxing with good food and wine for a few hours each month, catching up, asking advice and just enjoying each other’s company. Our book discussions, which in those early years often took a back seat to our supportive network, have matured and are now focused, lively, in-depth and lots of fun. Clearly, books were the catalyst for creating The Literary Locusts, but friendship has kept us together for more than 15 years.
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Random House, 288 pages