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The Insiders Book Club builds community through reading

The Insiders Book Club was started about a year ago by residents of the Inside Wade neighborhood, says Bobbi Mullins, one of the club’s founders.

Tell us about your club. My neighbor and I started the book club as a way to read great books, of course, but also as a way to get to know our neighbors. We began as an Inside Wade neighborhood book club but have branched out to include surrounding neighborhoods on the Nextdoor website. We are co-ed and open to all ages. ... We gather suggestions from members, book stores and book reviews, then make the selections for the year starting in September. We make a point of choosing all different genres of books that will challenge us to read outside of our comfort zone. This includes non-fiction, historical fiction, award-winning authors, memoirs, travel, biographies, inspirational, mysteries, New York Times best-sellers, social justice, classics, debut novels and young adult literature. Usually we have five to 10 at a meeting. Each month, a volunteer leads the discussion, either using their own creative format or a Reading Group Guide. We’ve even discussed books through team competition, questions about the book!

What are you reading now? “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

What is your club’s favorite book? “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

What’s unique about your club? Since we do not meet in July and August, we choose a theme for our summer reading. Last summer, our theme was “books written during or about the 1960s.” We could choose any books that fit the theme, and when we met in September, we all shared a little about what we read.

How to join: Anyone living in the general vicinity of the PNC Arena and the Inside Wade development is welcome to join club meetings. Our meeting dates and books are posted on Nextdoor.com and sent out in a group email. We are meeting on Thursday nights from 7:30-9 p.m., 4-5 weeks apart from September through June. If you’re interested in joining, send Mullins a private message on Nextdoor.

What’s your book club up to? Contact tleonard@newsobserver.com to let us know. Read about this and other book clubs at nando.com/trianglereads/.

Fiction

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

Washington Square Press, 368 pages

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