Chicks with Books founded by Danbury resident
This book club does have one man as a member, so sometimes they call themselves "Chicks with Books and Steve." He prefers not to have his last name mentioned, but he adds a lot to the club's meetings, as you will see.
This club was founded five years ago by Danbury resident Suzanne Levin , who thought it would be a way for the women she worked with at the
Besides Danbury, members come from Sherman, New Milford, New Fairfield and Brookfield.
About every six weeks, the members leave work and go directly to their book club meeting. The meetings start with dinner, which usually ties into the book in some way."
One memorable meeting centered around the book "Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen" by
The members had vintage aprons to wear as they worked together in the kitchen.
A fascination with potatoes seems evident, with another club meeting to discuss "The
The potato streak was broken though, when, in connection with the discussion of "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee , Steve made a Lane Cake for the meeting. (It's referenced in the book.)
"We're hoping to convince him to make it again for our fifth anniversary," Levin revealed. Steve has a reputation in the club for being a great baker.
"Everyone gets enjoyment from coming up with meals that wrap around the books," Levin said. "We haven't had pizza in years." (Before members started making theme dinners, pizza was a reliable pick for dinner.)
Members take turns hosting the meetings, and book selection takes place by age, according to Levin. Selections are made by each member, in order from oldest to youngest. Sometimes they'll have authors participate in the meeting.
One change Levin has noticed over the years has been in the type of books the club selects. She feels they've matured in what they pick now, and they put more research into their selections. The books can be from any genre, but they try not to pick books which are only available in hardcover.
A unique feature of this club is the newsletter Levin sends out to members, usually on a quarterly basis. A glance through the 2009 winter newsletter reveals Levin has a genuine love of books. Besides reminding members what their upcoming book is, the newsletter includes recommendations on other books and information on book-related Web sites and blogs.
Levin herself has started a blog, http://chickwithbooks.blogspot.com . Note that the blog's address is missing the s from chicks -- her first choice of name was already taken.
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