Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to


The Chapel Ridge Book Clubs consist of two clubs. There’s the “You Don’t Have to Read the Book” Book Club (also known as the Daytime Book Club), and the Evening Book Club, according to Julie Paladino, a member of the latter. The daytime club formed in 2008, followed by the evening club in 2011.

Tell us about your club. We meet in a member’s home or in the clubhouse of our Pittsboro neighborhood. The host of the meeting picks the book in both clubs. We try to read a variety of types of books. Last year, the Evening Book Club read “The Great Gatsby” and then went to the movie. For the winter holiday season, the daytime club has a holiday luncheon in a restaurant, and the evening club does a potluck dinner/book discussion in a member’s house.

What are you reading now? “The Language of Flowers,” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Evening), and “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” by Daniel James Brown (Daytime).

What is your club’s favorite book? “The Light Between Oceans,” by M.L. Stedman (Evening), and “People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brooks (Daytime).

What’s unique about your club? For the past three years we have enjoyed having a joint book club meeting in January. One club will choose a book and invite the author to visit and join the discussion. In January 2015, author Wendy Ramer will lead us in a discussion of her book “Looking For Anita.” The meeting is held in the clubhouse and open to everyone in the neighborhood who would like to attend.

How to join: The Evening Club is always open for new members. While the Daytime Club currently is full, leaders will gladly add names to their waiting list. If you’re interested in joining the Evening Book Club, contact Julie Paladino at For the Daytime Book Club, contact Mary Slavonia at

Correction: The Nov. 2 column about the Meredith College Alumnae Book Club listed an incorrect email address for Marilyn Jones. It is

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