EBL Book Club [UPDATED]Published 12:46pm Thursday, February 7, 2013 Updated 12:47pm Thursday, February 7, 2013
The EBL book club meets each month at the home of one of the members to discuss the book we have selected during one of our semi-annual bookstore/book choosing trips. These trips are great fun as they not only include choosing the books we’ll read for the upcoming months but there is also time set aside for lunch and shopping. Sometimes we use a Reader’s Guide to help get the discussion started; these can be found on-line or frequently one is included in the book. Most often the discussion begins spontaneously with everyone having thoughts and ideas to share.
As I mentioned earlier food and beverage have become a way to enhance each book club meeting. For instance, when we read “The Help” our hostess served a luncheon of Mississippi crab and shrimp, Southern biscuits, Mississippi Mud Pie and Jackson Coffee for dessert. Not only are we enlarging our libraries but our recipe files are also expanding.
A monthly meeting that generated a good deal of excitement involved having Roxanna Saberi, Fargo native and author of “Between Two Worlds,” be part of our discussion, via Skype, from her home in Manhattan. As one of our members recently exclaimed, “I love my card group but they don’t hold a candle to you gals.”
One of our members told us that her all-time favorite book was, “Mickey Mouse Tours the U.S.A.” Her father read the book to her over and over again when she was a little girl which in turn developed her love of reading. As Mark Twain said, “A man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.”