Our book club is made up of 12 women who live in the same neighborhood in Homewood. Since 1996, our members have rotated hosting the monthly meetings and leading the discussions.
Nonfiction books such as "Madam Secretary" by Madeleine Albright, "Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love" by Dava Sobel and "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America" by Erik Larson were group favorites. However, we mostly enjoy fiction titles such as "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen and "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.
We were wearing aprons when we took our group photo because we thought they would help create the mood of that month's book choice, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
We really liked "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. In addition to questioning the effectiveness of missionaries, Kingsolver enlightened readers about African botany, anthropology and political history.
Following our discussion of Kingsolver's book, we accepted an invitation to attend an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that highlighted the book.
We did not like "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. The premise was deeply troubling, and there was no resolution.
Our next book: "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton.