June Book Club of the Month

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DYRTBC (Did you read the book club)

Book Club Name:  DYRTBC(Did you read the book club) This name was adopted when we would see each other in the neighborhood and ask if they had read the book.

Who we are:  We are a group of gals who (mostly) started out as neighbors.  We have 12 members and we have been together for 8 years. 

Our meetings:  We meet at each other's home.   We try to meet every 4 to 6 weeks.  We take turns hosting, and while we all offer our thoughts on upcoming books, the choice is left to the hostess for that month.  The hostess prepares background on the author and at times ties the theme of the night to the snacks and drinks. 

One unique thing about our club:  Our club is multi-generational and many of us are at different stages in life.  Since we started as neighbors we were not all friends at the beginning, however, we have become good friends as a result.    We have different perspectives and thoughts, which makes discussing books very interesting. 

Books we liked:  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, The Bells by Richard Harvell,  The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  

Books we didn’t like:  The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

Authors we’d like to meet and why:  Ann Tyler, her books portray quirky and such likable characters we can’t help but think Ann Tyler would be much like the people she gives voice to. 

John Irving, he is certainly considered one of the great contemporary American authors.  His books show great depth and his writing is eccentric and offbeat. 

An author we met:  Melanie Benjamin.  Ms. Benjamin was invited to one of our meetings when we were discussing her book, Mrs. Tom Thumb!

What we are reading next:  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie