The 13 members of the Nia Book Club have been meeting since 1991, according to club member Sandra Thomas.
Tell us about your club. The book club name, NIA, comes from the fifth principle of Kwanzaa, which means purpose in Swahili. Our purpose is to unite women with discriminating taste in literature. We have become a sisterhood of confidants who share a common love of reading, and an even greater love of discussing great books. We begin each meeting with a delicious meal and use this time to catch up on our life events. Afterward, we delve into the book of choice, many of which result in very energetic discussions.
What are you reading now? “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins
What is your club’s favorite book? “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini, and “My Soul to Keep,” by Tananarive Due
What’s unique about your club? We celebrated our 20th anniversary at a local bed and breakfast with the highlight of the weekend being the book club selection, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” by Lisa See. Because of this captivating story, which centers on the strong bonds of female friendship, we have adopted the title of sworn sisters – a sisterly bond that will last a lifetime. Nia was featured in The N&O as a long-standing book group in the Raleigh area in 2000, and 15 years later, we are as strong as ever.
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The Girl on the Train
Riverhead Books, 323 pages