Three years and still reading

By Jan Ballard

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. ~Joseph Brodsky

The Yarn Spinners Book Club is approaching its 3rd anniversary in October of this year. Just like some TV shows are spin-offs of earlier shows, Yarn Spinners were spun (pardon the pun) from the Full Circle Knit/Crochet group at the Choctaw County Extension Service. Many participants would sit and knit or crochet and talk about books they had just read and recommend them to each other. By natural progression, it seemed like a good idea for everyone to read the same book, then sit down and talk about it. So, on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 10:30-12:00 noon, men and women can come together for a sometimes interesting, sometimes lively, sometimes educational and sometimes funny discussion. Members take turns choosing the monthly selections and leading questions about each book.

Thirty books have been read and discussed (including a County-Wide Read of One Night ofMadness by MS author, Stokes McMillan); favorite books have been shared, each December; personal autobiographies have been written; coffee has been drunk, cookies have been eaten, tears have been shed, laughs have vibrated through the walls, secrets have been shared, memories have been made and friendships birthed.

Books read so far have been: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society The Help The Story of Edgar Sawtelle One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd The Wednesday Sisters One Night of Madness The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Not My Daughter Saving CeeCee Honeycutt The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie The Lace Reader The Wave: A John Decker Thriller Rise & Walk, The Trial and Triumph Of Dennis Byrd Summer on Blossom Street In the Woods Prodigal Summer: A Novel The Postmistress Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet The Friday Night Knitting Club Redeeming Love March Confederates in the Attic Fahrenheit 451 Maisie Dobbs The White Queen Her Mother’s Hope Before I Go To Sleep All the Flowers in Shanghai The Peach Keeper: A Novel Sarah’s Key

Upcoming selections for 2012 are: Sept 4 The Girl Who Chased the Moon Oct 2 The Alienist Nov 6 American Dervish: A Novel Dec 4 Sharing Favorite Books

There is always room for more, and a person does NOT have to belong to Full Circle or knit or crochet to be able to read a good book, then join friends to talk about it. The public is invited.

For more information call the Choctaw County Extension Office at: 662-285-6337.