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Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman.
“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman.

The Book Babes have been meeting since 2001, according to club member Elizabeth Cordes. They find a membership of 26 is just the right size for “maintaining our intimacy.”

Tell us about your club. We meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at a member’s home or a clubhouse. Late last year, some talented members decided to use a Survey Monkey poll to rate all book suggestions made by members and to set the list for the coming year. The top 12 books were assigned leaders, preferably the one who suggested the book, to lead the discussion. The leader researches the author and leads a discussion with questions of her choosing. Two members provide refreshments, which serve as dinner for many of our ladies. And yes, we do have wine.

What are you reading now? “The Dovekeepers,” by Alice Hoffman

What is your club’s favorite book? “The Dovekeepers” (Our favorite is always the book we’re currently reading!)

What’s unique about your club? We have had the good fortune this year to have two authors visit our meetings when we discussed their books. Liza Wieland has visited for the second time, to discuss “Bombshell.” In 2013, we read her book, “A Watch of Nightingales.” She is one of our favorite authors. We also had a visit from Doris Schneider, author of “Borrowed Things,” which is set in the Triangle and on the coast of North Carolina. We prize the opportunity to have the authors share their process. We also enjoy the personal stories the books elicit from the members.

Read more about this book club and comment on its current book, or tell us about your book club at newsobserver.com/trianglereads/.

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