LitClub: No Name Book Club
Tarrant County, Texas
WHAT'S IN A NAME? This group has dozens of names...in other words, no name. They've been around since 2008 and do pretty well without one.
Let's talk about your no-name name. What's that about?
We couldn't settle on a name, so now it's a running gag. We might change the name monthly, playing off a title...or maybe just making a joke. Here's a sampling:
• "Take Your Time, No Pressure" Book Club
• "At 880 Pages, This Better Be A Kick-Ass Book!" Book Club
• "It's Always the Husband" Book Club
• "We Skipped a Month So No One Has An Excuse Not To Finish the Book" Book Club
• "This Sequel Has a Lot To-Live Up-To" Book Club.
What's your story?
Three of us came up with the idea for the club over dinner one night. We were serious about who to invite: those who WOULD read the book and be able to discuss it with strong opinions.
How many members?
There are seven of us. People we know often comment, "I want to join your book club! It sounds so great!" But we've kept it at seven.
So what have you read lately?
Here's our list over the past year:
State of Wonder
A Good Year
Cutting for Stone
Any favorites over the years?
The following books really engaged us, often leading to laughter or tears.
Art of Racing in the Rain
One Thousand White Women
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Same Kind of Different as Me
Some books have led to truly great discussions about our personal choices (Interestingly, the first two books are by Alice Genova):
Well, let's call it our "Most Awkward Discussion EVER": The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love. We couldn't find a thing to talk about. Unfortunately, our hostess surprised us with a call from the author! We COULD NOT even think of anything to ask her....until one of our members asked about a secret recipe, only to find out it was actually in the book but she'd skimmed it. Very embarrassing!
Ouch. So, moving on...any club rules?
So you banned your husbands.
Well, they don't have a lot of room to complain. They started their own club—the No Ma'am Club—so they could talk sports and drink beer. But they couldn't pull it off: the club has pretty much come and gone.
From your photos, it looks like you have fun with book themes.
We do. For The Help , Diana served the group in wearing a maid's uniform and even ate at a separate table. We read Paris Wife and dressed in bridesmaid dresses to honor a member who as getting married in Paris. We also dress as a book character every year at our October meeting. Last year we had three Left Neglected wives.
What are the Bookie Awards?
We celebrate our anniversary every year—which is when we present our annual Bookie Awards. They are based on categories we come up with after reading a book. These are a few recent ones...
We also have a few standard awards we give out every year...for hostess, best book, and worst book—our infamous "Bloody Toad Award" (see photo).
What would you like us to know about your club?
We were all friends before book club, and most of us worked together. Our families were, and still are, close. In the last five years, we've moved on to other jobs, gotten married, had kids... so sometimes book club is the only time we can ALL get together in a month. It's a priority for all of us. We are very dear to each other and very protective about the club.
Finally, how would you describe your club and its members?
Our members are smart, funny, sarcastic, creative, clever, quick-witted women who work hard, and are great moms and spouses.
* Photos: All themed-up—clockwise (starting beneath the wine glass): target and arrows from We Need to Talk About Kevin, with Lizbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; wine bottle from A Good Year; three women (left-right-front) wife from Left Neglected, Sadie from 11/22/63, and a character out of The Red Tent; severed hand and arm from The Fourth Hand.
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