They focus on the South

The Modern Southern Literature book club is one of the interest groups of the Duke Campus Club, an organization connecting Duke-affiliated women in the community, said Rausa McManus, the book club leader and founding member.

Tell us about your club. We read and discuss contemporary books, both fiction and nonfiction, by Southern authors or about the South and Southern culture. Our members range in age from their 20s to their 60s and we are from varied backgrounds demographically and educationally. Though all our books are written by Southern authors, they come from many different genres. We have read memoirs, historical fiction, comedies, tragedies, period dramas and documentaries.

What are you reading now?Gray Mountain” by John Grisham

What is your club’s favorite book?The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd and “Serena” by Ron Rash

What’s unique about your club? Many of the authors we read are North Carolinians, giving us a chance to have the author attend meetings. At February’s meeting Walter Bennett, author of “Leaving Tuscaloosa” and brother of one of our members, joined us for a lively and insightful discussion of his book. He shared his background, inspiration for the book and the process for writing the book. He also shared how he gets his ideas and a little about the people who have helped his writing career.

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Gray Mountain

John Grisham

Doubleday, 384 pages