"It's all about the book."
On this Halloween day, there are 55 days until Christmas. So the ads tell us as they tick off the days to make us ever more aware of the shopping season. At the bookstore it means a hectic time of gathering books that appeal for gift-giving. This year we will be blessed to have signed hardbacks from major authors who have, or will appear here in Nashville. What a wonderful gift for a book-loving friend or relative to receive a copy of the very latest Pat Conroy, Amy Tan, Donna Tartt, Garrison Keillor, Elizabeth Gilbert or Doris Kearns Goodwin, signed by that author!
What does your book club do for the month of December? It's always an issue - should we read and discuss a book during this busy time? If the answer is "yes", two easy, short, wonderful books come to mind. The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith tells of three generations of women who reveal their stories of love, marriage and family in the Christmas letters they write to family and friends during the holidays. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote includes three stories of the writer's growing up in south Alabama. It also includes "The Thanksgiving Visitor." We always stock these during the holiday season. They both reflect the wonderful feelings we like to call up now - and really, all year long. (They also make great hostess gifts.) If the answer to the above question about your club during December is"no,we have no time to read a book," (how can that be?), it's always a fun and meaningful time to have a Christmas meeting where members bring a Christmas poem or short reading to share. Another idea is a meeting where members bring a favorite book wrapped for 'Dirty Santa" or for a gift exchange. Also fun is a meeting where people can share ideas for books for gift giving, making the whole process a little easier for all. We at Parnassus hope to be a part of your Christmas and wish you all a very happy holiday season. We hope to see you often during 2014.
Parnassus Book Club Selections
November - The Round House by Louise Erdrich
**Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30pm Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm Thursday, November 21 at 10am
*note change in date due to Amy Tan event Monday, November 18
December - Parnassus Books Club does not meet in December.
January - Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
February - The Group by Mary McCarthy
Parnassus book club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion!
Kathy Schultenover Book Club Coordinator