Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

“The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe.
“The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe.

The Lochmere Daytime Book Club formed more than five years ago. Its 13 members are women and men who live in the Lochmere subdivision in Cary, said club coordinator Cecelia Davidson.

Tell us about your club. We meet monthly, year-round, rotating at members’ homes. About once a year around the holidays we add a potluck brunch. The food is always great, just like the friendships that have evolved. Many of the members have been together since the beginning of the group. We start at 10 a.m. and really focus on the book selection. We go around the room, with everyone expressing his or her opinions, analysis and reactions. The interaction among the members is wonderful, and especially lively when the opinions differ. The life, family and work experiences of the members play a large part, and we learn a great deal from each other.

What are you reading now? “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe

What is your club’s favorite book? “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

What’s unique about your club? We obtain most of our selections through the Wake County Public Library book club kits. Most of us have full libraries at home and prefer not to purchase more volumes. Once or twice a year, the members make recommendations, the club chair checks on availability, and the whole group votes on which books to select for the coming months. Popular books not available through library book kits are sometimes chosen. We tend to focus on historical novels, narrative nonfiction and classics, but have read some young adult books as well. Many of us enjoy rereading books that we read years or decades ago and appreciate changed perspectives as we have matured. We all love to read and know the advantage of a book club is to find titles outside our usual “comfort zone.”

How to join: Lochmere residents interested in joining the club can find more information on the HOA website.

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The End of Your Life Book Club

Will Schwalbe

Vintage, 352 pages