Snapshot of a Book Group: 2/21/16

I love my book group.  We’ve been together for almost 10 years, and we’ve had members come and go with moves, babies, etc., but our core has remained mostly the same.  We’re friends and friends-of-friends, some who have worked or still work in the county library system.  Our hosting and book choosing process is pretty easy-going and democratic, which is why I think we’ve been a successful group for so long.  Sometimes people don’t read the book, but they can still participate in the discussion, knowing that those who have finished can talk about all the spoilers they want to.  We have a WIDE range of interests – some are married, some have kids, some have the cutest cats ever.  We are teachers, librarians, artists, social media mavens. We love books.  We have fun. And I guess after so long we’re kind of like family.  (Two new members joined us last month – yay! – so they’re still settling in and getting used to our quirks.)

Setting:  11:00 am, Member X’s house

Members present: 8 out of 10

Brunch/Snack foods provided:  Parmesan artichoke dip, pretzel thins, Nutella Greek yogurt dip, apple slices, assorted ginormous pastries from a local bakery, spinach pepper potato frittata thing what was delicious,  probably some other stuff I can’t remember.  Oh, and mimosas for those who wanted them.  (Somebody almost always brings champagne!)

IMG_2973Book Discussed: Corey Feldman’s Coreyography: A Memoir.  (Ironic side note:  the member who had been pushing this book forever as a choice DID NOT READ IT.  Which I half-jokingly called her out on.  But seriously.)

Topics discussed:  Whether or not Feldman was a narcissist/could avoid being a narcissist with his very messed-up celebrity upbringing; who is the person who sexually abused Corey Haim during the filming of Lucas; did Feldman come across as sincere and/or truthful; the shock of learning that Feldman was married to General Hospital alum/goddess Vanessa Marcil for FOUR YEARS; what exactly are “Corey’s Angels” (his recent business endeavor involving scantily clad young women who can show up at your next house party – for a fee;) the genuinely charming account in the book of Feldman’s hero worship of Michael Jackson when he was a kid and how cool it was that he got to become friends with his idol; also, did we believe Feldman’s assertion that Jackson was not a pedophile; the genuine brotherly love Feldman had for the late Corey Haim.

Other topics discussed:  Beyonce’s Formation video, and how it makes one book group member want to “slay” at meetings; the fact that Jump Little Children had a reunion concert tour in December and two members had no idea, despite being huge fans of JLC (Yes, I was utterly dismayed to hear that I’d missed it!;) my trip to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with my mom in Atlanta on February 18 (IT WAS THE BEST); The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – who’d read it, should I read it (I’m interested in it now because Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba might star in the adaptation;) pop star Kesha’s current legal situation; whether or not author Lily King was Stephen King’s daughter (she isn’t;) two members’ recent trip to see Bernie Sanders speak at Moorehouse College in Atlanta; do Knoxville drivers drive like grandmas or are Atlanta drivers simply insane (yes and yes.)

Books Choices Presented by Host for Next Month:  Euphoria by Lily King; Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart; and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

Book Chosen by Group:  Super Sad True Love Story (5 members voted for it.)

The meeting’s at my house next month, or if I choose we’ll have it as a local restaurant. So I’ll be responsible for presenting book choices upon which everyone will vote.  I’ll write more soon about what I think I’ll present (so many possibilities!)   Are you or have you ever been part of a book group?  Have you read the Dark Tower series?  Is it worth checking out?