Nine’s the charm for Book Bags
What books have generated good discussions? I think the book that we read that generated the most discussion was Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood [by Rebecca Wells]. We hooted over that book . and then we all went to see the movie together. And then we read The hermes hermes Red Tent by Anita Diamant, and that generated a lot of discussion. But sometimes if we all like the book, there’s nothing to talk about, so it can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing.
Is there a book none of the members liked? We read a Patricia Cornwell book once, and you really have to have a stomach for Patricia Cornwell. And the consensus was that [the book] was disgusting, and we’re not going to read anything that intense again. . I personally like Patricia Cornwell. . Her books tend to get graphic. . She usually has a character that is a forensic medical examiner in Virginia.
One of the members wouldn’t read one of the books [we read] because she was pregnant at the time. It was called Midwives by Chris Bohjalian. A midwife delivered a baby in the middle of an ice storm, and [the events that follow lead to the fact that] . the midwife goes on trial. . That one generated the most discussion, and it was very emotional. . And we always seem to do really well if the book has a reader’s guide, and this one had hermes a reader’s guide either on the publisher’s Web site or in the back of the book.
How many members does your club have? We start hermes ed out with 12, and three have left, so now we have nine. We host it in each others’ homes, and we’ve found that 12 people is a lot of people to have in your house, so we’ve capped it at nine.