I’ve been a lover of books my whole life.
Growing up, I bounced between Vermont, where our television could access one channel, (mostly static), and summer sailing voyages to Maine and back, with Dad navigating while Mom steered. I couldn’t have survived without my books.
In fact, I grew up in a large family of bookworms, which remains true to this day.
This Christmas, we cozied up beside a crackling fire in our den with my 95 year old Mom, polishing off novels at a speedy clip.
Over the past several years, I’ve been sharing books with a great group of women, all of whom relish a good story as much as I do. We’re masterfully led by my friend Deirdre, a twenty-year book group veteran, who oversees our chorus of a dozen kindhearted book critics.
We meet once a month on Sunday afternoons, and while laughter and lively banter fills our living room, Jim escapes to his workshop or office.
Our annual Christmas luncheon posed a challenge, as some last minute rsvp’s sent Jim running to the basement to whittle a table large enough to accommodate the holiday overflow.
Though there was no time to stain it, he sanded it smooth and molded a beautiful decorative edge.
With no woodworkers in our group, we had fun guessing what type of wood this new table was whittled from. Was it mahogany? Birch? “Cherry” suggested another.
Jim enjoyed informing us it was a piece of construction grade plywood! As I said….we’re a book group.
Here is our list of books we enjoyed discussing in 2012:
Hannah Coulter by Wendall Berry
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer
Celeb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure
Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
84 Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff