Tuesday Morning Book Group celebrates 15 years

Published 2:19 pm Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Tuesday Morning Book Group met on January 4, 2022 to begin the new year with a stimulating discussion. Dedicated readers have continued to gather despite the pandemic, at Brookside Park pavilion in Landrum in pleasant months and on Zoom in unpleasant weather. They now return to Polk County Library where masks are worn to meet safely in person.

Founded in 2008 by Diane Zimmerman and Susan Speight, the club has seen its members come and go through the years. Founding member Diane (currently a resident of Asheville) and Charter members Phyllis Martin and Gretchen Boyd have remained active throughout the group’s 15-year history.

Diane describes the group of women as “insightful, intelligent, thoughtful, and inclusive.” The same might be said of the literature which is shared and discussed.

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Befitting the New Year, members wish to share their favorite books read in 2021.


Favorite Books Read in 2021

Selections from Tuesday Morning Book Group

Phyllis Martin:   The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Libby Rosen:   11/22/63 by Stephen King

Carolyn Hicks:   Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Tammy Robinson:   Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

Diane Zimmerman:  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Cathy Johnson:  The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel

Margie Pankey:   Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

Chris Wilde:   West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

Jan Snower:   Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Lisa Harrison-Barry:   The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Donna Ibenthal:   Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Reva Williams:   The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

Cyndy Urquhart:   Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

Linda Beeson:   People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Marie Jones:   The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Susan Davis:   The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

Gretchen Boyd:   Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

Judy Spencer Bolton:   I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Submitted by Judy Spencer Bolton