The WOW (Women of Wessex) Book Club started in 2003 for residents of the Wessex community in Cary, says club member Jana Van Wyk.
Tell us about your club. Each of our 18 members leads the discussion once a year. The discussion leader will present three selections for the club to vote on as that month’s selection. We also have a hostess each month. The hostess and discussion leader provide snacks and drinks. We socialize for the first 30 minutes and then discuss the book for about 90 minutes. Our discussions are very lively. During the course of a year we try to cover various genres, including fiction, nonfiction, memoir, classic, beach read, mystery and educational. We especially try to learn about different cultures, countries and world events. Members of our club are big travelers, and some have lived abroad, so we usually can offer personal experiences of a variety of countries.
What are you reading now? “Unsaid” by Neil Abramson
What is your club’s favorite book? “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
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What’s unique about your club? We meet in the clubhouse – no house to clean before a meeting! Our members are from all over the U.S. and abroad so we have diverse backgrounds; our love of reading brings us together. Six of us have been with the club for 11 years. In July, we meet in a restaurant and talk about our individual summer reading. In December, we have a holiday potluck dinner. We have kept a complete history of every book we have ever read!
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