What we're about

This meetup is for anyone who is interested in coming together to form friendships and create a community with people who also happen to love books and enjoy discussing them in a positive and relaxed environment.

The books are open to all genres. Some of our reads will be 2nd releases. The hope is that by waiting until the book comes out in paperback, there will be copies available through the library and it will me more affordable.

You are also more than welcome to host your own book club meeting if there is something you are interested in reading and presenting to the group.

We understand that not everyone is able to finish the book before each meeting. Please don't let that stop you from coming to our gatherings. Our main goal is to get to know each other, get out of the house, and hopefully form some friendships. We have just decided to use books as a way to do those things. So we hope that there will be wonderful discussions that exceed just the book discussions but that will be our starting point for each meeting. We don't all have to like all of the books, or stop sharing because we didn't finish; however, we do have to respect each others opinions. That doesn't mean that we can't disagree. It just means that we do so in a mature manner. Anyone who is disrespectful will be removed from the group.

We can also use this meetup as a book exchange. Perhaps we will meet quarterly for a "What are you reading and book exchange?" Thoughts?

Questions? Please send a message to me.

--Roberta

Upcoming events (4)

Let's Discuss: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

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Here is the description from Amazon: One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

Let's Discuss: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

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Here is the description from Amazon: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen. The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city. As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries. A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

Let's Discuss: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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Here is the description from Amazon: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Let's Discuss: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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BRING YOUR BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2020. WE'LL DECIDE OUR NEXT BOOKS AT THIS MEETING. Here is the description from Amazon: In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it. . . . The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures. A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before. When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other. Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own. . .

Past events (65)

Let's Discuss: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

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