For over twenty years, a group of readers has met to discuss books at the Newport Way Library. Although the composition of the Newport Way Book Club has changed over the years, all the members of the group have had two things in common: a love of books, and an eagerness to talk about the books they have read. As one member has said, “The only thing better than reading a book, is reading a book, and then discussing it with your friends.”
Some of the intriguing books that the members of the Newport Way Book Club have discussed in recent years include The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Although these are fiction, the members have also discussed a wide variety of nonfiction as well as biographies at their monthly meetings.
One meeting that the members especially enjoyed this year was their March meeting. After reading the book The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald, the members met to listen to a presentation: “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” a presentation by Humanities Washington lecturer Paula Becker.
The Newport Way Book Club is one of the Newport Way Library’s most enduring treasures. Thinking about joining a book club after the holidays? Please keep the Newport Way Book Club in mind. New members are always welcome! Looking ahead to next month: At their first meeting of 2018 on Monday, January 22 at 7:30pm the members will be discussing Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.