How did you get together? In 1990, as school employees, we were losing a favorite principal to retirement. So, a book group was formed in order to keep everyone in contact. Throughout the years, members have come and gone, and now only two of the original members remain. The group has grown from eight members to 15. We're a mix of working and retired women.
Where do you usually meet? Normally, we rotate turns and meet in our homes, and, of course, our discussions are fueled by pizza and wine. Our favorite meeting places have been Paris, Rome and, just this past month, a charming wine tasting room in Old Town San Diego.
Which Oprah's Book Club selections have you read together? The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.
What are your all-time favorite selections? Our book list is pages and pages long and is now kept on a database. We recently read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and we have read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and, most recently, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
How do you decide what to read next? Each hostess chooses a book and announces the month before we meet.
Are you planning any special trips or events around a book you're reading? Have you in the past? Sometimes we manage to have a local author join us, such as Judy Bernstein of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky or her physician husband, Paul Bernstein, who wrote Courage to Heal.