Members no longer meet in coffeehouses or bookstores. Now, they look for restaurants located near the highway.
Some members have moved away and new ones have joined. But moving away hasn't necessarily meant leaving the club.
"We have members coming from Pleasantville, N.Y. and Oxford. Our farthest comes from Coventry," said Heather Smith of Newtown. She joined the group a few years ago, thanks to a conversation at a newcomers' get-together in Newtown.
"It's a group of people who probably never would have met otherwise," Smith said. She finds that to be one of the great things about the club.
This group meets every two months. They pick their books during the course of the year, planning a few books ahead, but remaining flexible enough to change the selection. Members suggest the books and they choose from both fiction and nonfiction.
Meetings start with wine and chitchat, followed by the book discussion. The more they like the book, the more they discuss it. Other topics are discussed, too, especially politics, pop culture and local gossip.
Some selections this club has enjoyed include "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert , "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri , "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris , and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini.
One selection that members would clearly not recommend to friends is "Waiting!" by Ha Jin. In explaining why, one of the comments from the club was "We have good taste!"
Coming up next for this group will be a discussion of "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski .
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