Carol Anshaw

Breaking the First Rule of Book Club by Rebecca Howard

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I want to talk about book clubs.  I’ve been involved with several over the years and have found them to be deeply rewarding—each in their own ways.  There are a few dangerous pitfalls that book clubs have to strive to avoid, though.  In no particular order, here they are:
1) The book club becomes a wine club
2) The book club becomes a whine club
3) Not everyone reads the book
4) One individual (who typically has not read the entire book) dominates discussion
5) The same person selects titles each month

Making Sense of Tragedy by Rebecca Howard

I always find it interesting to know why a person reads.  Is she reading for information, enlightenment or escape?  Generally speaking, I read in order to make sense or to make meaning.  While I am often nothing like the characters about which I read, they teach me or help me understand something in a new way.  Walking around in another character’s head for a while helps me develop greater empathy for my fellow humans.  It may even help me be kinder to myself.  I think this why I so frequently read b