The club was
established over 40 years ago; several of the founding members are still active. The current group of 15 members meets monthly.
We all enjoyed
"Cutting for Stone," by Abraham Verghese. The author created memorable characters and provided a fascinating view of the history and culture of Ethiopia.
We did not like
"Independent People" by Halldor Laxness. The story, which was set in Iceland, was tedious and depressing.
When we read
"Big Stone Gap" by Adriana Trigiani, several people read "Home to Big Stone Gap" (also by Trigiani) instead and did not realize until halfway through the discussion that they had read the wrong book.
We would like
to meet Geraldine Brooks, who has written several books we liked, including "March," "Year of Wonders" and "Caleb's Crossing." We would like to ask how she uses factual material to re-create a period of history and develop believable characters.
Some other books
we've enjoyed are "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri, "Suite Francaise" by Irene Nemirovsky, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin and "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett.
"Remarkable Creatures," by Tracy Chevalier. It is the story of two women whose discovery of fossils of several extinct and previously unknown creatures challenges the beliefs of scientific and religious leaders of the early 19th century.