Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

The Richard T. Maxey Memorial Book Club was originally the History Book Club. “Max Maxey had the knack of getting our group back on track with his penetrating questions. He was one of the founding members, so when he died of cancer, the History Book name was changed in his honor,” said Fred Howes, a member of the Raleigh book group.

Tell us about your club. We have been meeting monthly in each others’ homes since 2001. We primarily read history, biography and other nonfiction, but have on occasion read fiction too. We do not have an assigned moderator, but each member talks about the book from his own interest and perspective. Attempts to direct specific questions and topics, as many book clubs do, have tended to fail with us. We seem to veer away at times from the book, as we share current events, religion, politics and our families. A snack winds up each meeting.

What are you reading now? “The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible,” by Simon Winchester

What is your club’s favorite book? “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” by Jon Meacham

What’s unique about your club? We have a very diverse group, including an ophthalmologist, dentist, computer programmer, entrepreneur, educators, commercial airline pilot, and some with Wall Street and management experience. We’ve had three published authors among our members, and one member has journaled his life for the past 23 years. All this diversity is an advantage as we discuss our books. We also eat lunch together each week, and have had horseshoe tournaments and other activities.

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