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Lawrence Book Club News

June 25, 2006

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Intergenerational group together after 15 years

Our book club has no name but has met on the second Wednesday of the month for almost l5 years. One of the original purposes was to be intergenerational, and our members range in age from their 40s through their 90s. We meet in various members' homes. We enjoy food and mutual support as both are important to our l3 members, some of whom are new to the group and some of whom have been in the group since the beginning.

Recent discussions have dealt with these books:

¢ "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time," by Mark Haddon

¢ "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," by Chris Crutcher

¢ "Ordinary Wolves," by Seth Kantner

¢ "The Sparrow," by Mary Doria Russell

¢ "In the Heart of the Sea," by Nathaniel Philbrick

¢ "The Center of Everything," by Laura Moriarty (We try to include the Read Across Lawrence book)

¢ "Benjamin Franklin," by Walter Isaacson

¢ "My Sister's Keeper," by Jodi Picoult

¢ "Legal Lies," by a member of our group, Nita Sundbye Sewell

In July, we will discuss "Leap of Faith," by Queen Noor, and in August we plan our first Poetry Night with members sharing favorites.

- Submitted by Janet Mody

Sorority alumna unite over love of reading

The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority alumni group has just started a book club for our organization. We had one meeting in April, and read "The Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It was a complicated book, taking place in Spain after World War II and the Spanish Civil War. We gave the book a 4 to 4+ out of 5, and thought it very interesting with many layers.

Study questions are sent via e-mail to club participants to think about as they read the selection.

July 18 will be our next meeting, and we are reading two short books: "New Mercies," by Sandra Dallas, and "The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary," by Simon Winchester.

On Sept. 9, we will be talking about the book "The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey," by Candice Millard; and on Nov. 14, the group will discuss "March," by Geraldine Brooks.

Most of our book club members are avid readers but have not belonged to a formal club, and so we are finding our way and enjoying it. As this is a national sorority alumni organization, membership is not open to the general public.

- Submitted by Judy Kish

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