The Hardy Girls Book Club in Raleigh was begun in 1994 by Nancy Hardy and has 15 members, says club member Dixie Crew.
Tell us about your club. Most of our 15 members had careers in education in Wake County. Now we are all retired, except for one holdout. We meet for lunch each month at the The State Club on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. We socialize, and after lunch we discuss the book of the month. We select our books at the beginning of the year. The whole group reads five of the selections (one is always a classic), and then on the alternate months we have short discussions by three members who have read a book that they think the group would be interested in. All the members take turns as the discussion leader. Each Christmas our leader invites us to a special Christmas lunch at her home. We do not exchange gifts, but give money for children who do not have enough to spend at their school’s Book Fair.
What are you reading now? “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand
What’s unique about your club? We have taken several trips together – to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tenn., to Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, to the Biltmore Estate, and a mystery weekend in Edenton. We have lost six members since we began. We remember them with a book to one of their former schools. We always find someone who loves books as much as we do to keep our membership at 15.
“Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption”
Random House, 528 pages