READit is an acronym for a book discussion group that takes place on Thursday mornings at the Cherokee Public Library. I came up with it in September of 2004, when I was envisioning a lunchtime group that could meet and talk about what they were reading. Through trial and error the group evolved into a morning coffee klatch at which a fair amount of cookies are consumed. So the initials which stand for read, eat and discuss still apply.
This book discussion group is different from the norm where everyone reads the same book and dissects it. Participants of READit are asked to bring whatever book they are reading and share a short review. It does not need to be a library copy. All types of books are mentioned and the group has become a wonderful gathering of readers.
This column is the first of two, maybe three, which will highlight favorite books read by READit members in the past few months. All are available at the library.
I will start with Betty Forest, who put 'The Lost Wife' by Alyson Richman on the top of her list. This novel begins in Germany on the eve of WWII, and follows the story of a young couple who are separated shortly after their marriage. A concentration camp and all its sorrow is the setting for much of the book and the ending is bittersweet.
Marlene Lundsgaard's pick is 'Atlantic' by Simon Winchester. The subtitle says it all: "great sea battles, heroic discoveries, titanic storms and a vast ocean of a million stories". The author says he was flying over 'the pond' and thinking about the role it had played in human history when he decided it deserved to have a biography written about it. Thus an amazing book was born.
'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern was chosen by Lori Thomas. A circus provides the stage for a dual of two young magicians in which imagination and determination play important parts as only one will be left standing. Described as dark and enchanting, the book draws the reader into the magical world of a circus that appears without warning. Something different!
Ruth Hayes recommends 'The Day the Falls Stood Still' by Cathy Buchanan. It's historic fiction at its best with a 1915 setting in Niagara Falls. The dawn of hydroelectric power is the background to the story of an educated young lady and a fearless river man. His daring river rescues make him a local hero, but also endanger their relationship as they build a life together.
Stay tuned for more interesting book choices. We hope you will consider joining us from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings!