The Kingsmill Women's Social Club
Special Interest Group (SIG)
KWSC BOOK CLUBS
There are currently eight thriving Kingsmill Women’s Social Club book clubs, ranging in size from six to 11 members. Several meet once a month at various times on Tuesdays; one on Wednesdays and one Thursday evenings. During the past year, with meeting constraints, several of the clubs met outside when the weather permitted; otherwise, they used Zoom.
According to Mollie Strup, her Second Tuesday Book Club has been meeting since 2003. The group tries to include a classic and a biography each year—a long read over the summer and a quick, fun read over the winter holidays. Each June they gather at a restaurant, and a member hosts a pot-luck each December.
Cheryl Connors reports that, over the past ten years, her first Tuesday group has focused on novels with women protagonists.
The smallest and newest club, the Kingsmill Legendary Literary and Sweetmeat Society, meets at 1:00pm on the second Tuesday each month to catch up with each other and discuss books while indulging in an over-the-top dessert. They have hosted two local authors to discuss recent work: John Conlee’s Cataclysm and Sally Stiles’ Like a Mask Dancing.
Some of the many books the clubs reported that they especially enjoyed were Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; Where the Crawdad’s Sing by Delia Owens, America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamole; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner, The Children’s Act by Ian McEwan and The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama.
There are currently openings for additional members in several of the KWSC book clubs. If you are interested in joining, Contact Sally Stiles, Book Club Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Why join a book club?
Mary Rider: A book club “enriches our lives in companionship with other like-minded women who love reading and offer book suggestions you might not have selected.”
Katheryn Lovell: “I value each member. Beyond socializing, there is a difference of perceptions/viewpoints which make the meetings enlightening and stimulating.”
Molly Strup: “It’s a way of continuing our education, reading books we could never imagine wanting to read, bonding and socializing with women and having great discussions that are sometimes unexpected.”
Diane Swadley: “Reading is a gift you give yourself, a gift that is enriched and enhanced by being able to share it with articulate and thoughtful readers.”
Laura Branton: “I’ve grown so much since I joined this book club—and, lucky me, I’ve made some wonderful friends!”
Sue Coffman: “It is one of the highlights of my life.”