Club name: No official name
Spokesman: Jerry Williamson, Decatur
How often they meet: Monthly
About this club: Founded in 1999, this nine-member club meets in someone's home for a multicourse vegetarian dinner at an elegantly set table. In December, members go to dinner at a restaurant. Two or three times a year, members bring their recommendations and the group chooses the next several months' readings. They read fiction, biography and other nonfiction, and they include at least one classic each year. They choose books available in paperback and at the library. One time they read both Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking" and Lolly Winston's "Good Grief" for different perspectives on dealing with grief and widowhood. Often a member brings questions and background on the author to enhance the discussion. "We have become fast friends through sharing books, opinions, life happenings and wonderful meals over the years," Williamson said. "Meetings are lively as we eat, catch up with each other and discuss our reactions to the chosen book and how it relates to our own lives."
Recently read: "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult
What it's about: A couple's daughter has cancer and needs a donor for various procedures, including a bone marrow transplant, so they conceive a child, who is a match. At 13, the sister hires a lawyer to sue her parents over the right to make her own decision about an upcoming kidney transplant. The story is told through multiple points of view.
What members thought: "It elicited a lot of discussion around the ethical issues involving the parents' decision-making as well as the health professionals who cared for the daughters and who never considered the 'donor' daughter a patient."
Next assignment: "The Probable Future" by Alice Hoffman
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