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The Fuquay-Varina Wednesday Morning Book Club formed in 2006 as a part of the senior activities provided by the Parks and Recreation Department and meets at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, according to club member Carol Tavitian.

Tell us about your club. Each member picks a month to lead our discussion and then chooses a book from the list of Book Club Kits available through the Wake County Public Libraries. We start the meetings with a little socializing, but unlike some book clubs, we actually discuss the books we’ve read! We have 15 members, including some original members, and are capped at 15 because that is the number of books provided in each book club kit.

What are you reading now? “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

What is your club’s favorite book? The great thing about a book club is that even if you didn’t like the book, someone will bring up a point that will make you think and appreciate it in a new way. One that generated interesting discussion was “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer.

What’s unique about your club? We have some very creative members who find unique ways to lead the discussions. For instance, when we read “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett, we each picked out a character to play. This gave us more insight into the minds of the hostages. Reading “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris gave us an excuse to consume the chocolate as we discussed the book. Most of our members are originally from out of state and moved here to be close to children and grandchildren. Many of us are retired schoolteachers, so we have some lively and intellectual discussions with much insight.

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The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

Harper, 197 pages