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Book Club Corner: Beyond the Book: A club adapting to the 'new normal'

Series: Coronavirus | Story 136

Last updated 7/10/2020 at 10:21am

Courtesy of Marge Rhodes

Beyond the Book club members at a recent virtual meeting.

The "Beyond the Book" book club at Advent Lutheran Church was formed in June 2015. Until recently 10-12 members attended their meetings.

In the Spring of 2020, their membership adapted to the times by holding Zoom meetings due to COVID-19. At present, there are 6-8 members who continue to attend via Zoom.

Beyond the Book tends toward fiction choices but members have also read memoirs and nonfiction from time to time.

This month (July) they discussed "The Lost Vintage" by Ann Mah. Their booklist (so far) for 2020 follows:

• "The Faith Club" by Ranya Idilby et al

• "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

• "Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell

• "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead

• "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu" by Joshua Hammer

• "The Lost Vintage" by Ann Mah

• "Today We Go Home" by Kelli Estes

• "The Moment of Lift" by Melinda Gates

Their annual holiday party in December features a book exchange where each member brings a wrapped, used book (not one that they read as a group) and they talk about their favorite "reads" of the year.

In January for the past three years, they have been fortunate to host local authors. In 2018, they welcomed Trudi Trueit, a member of Advent, who has been published by Simon & Schuster and also by National Geographic. (Ms. Trueit's publication credits can be found at

In 2019, Kelli Estes, another local author, came to talk about her novel "The Woman Who Wrote in Silk" and this last January, Mill Creek's own Leslie Moffat came to discuss her motivational self-help book, "I Love My Job But It's Killing Me!"

Beyond the Book has no intention of letting the coronavirus dictate their existence.


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