The Number One Ladies' Book Club met at my house last night. As a man, I'm an outsider and stayed out of sight in my office. My wife was the host. They were discussing "We Need To Talk About Kevin", by Lionel Shriver.
My wife started the book club out of her exercise class at the YMCA. First, they started meeting for coffee after class. Then they started talking about books. My wife decided to propose a formal book club but limited it to a handful of regular participants. She suggested the name based on the book and television series, "The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency". We were watching it on DVD at the time. I then recreated the book's title colors and modified it, and we created coasters and book markers.
They rotate among homes and meet every month. The last one at our hosue was in June. The cats reacted the same way this time as they had with the first invasion. Scheckter decided having company made him hungry. (Of course, everything makes him hungry.) Once he ate, he demanded that he be let back aside. Lady joined me in the office, staying asleep in the recliner. Quinn, however, joined the ladies, first sleeping on an empty chair, and then visiting among them for some appropriate admiration of how handsome he is. He is quite the charmer.
What interested me about the book club was how much they laughed. I'm familiar with the book, and was aware that the book and its subject, about a killer son and a cold, distant mother, caused some consternation in The Number One Ladies' Book Club. So it interested me to hear their low voices travel with sounds of disagreement and then have a sudden eruption of laughter punctuate it.
The club lasted from 7 to 10. Three quarters of a bottle of "Manage e Trois" was consumed, and they all seemed to have a good time. The only drawback was that they all enjoyed the raspberry crumb bars my wife baked for the night, and none remained for me to clean up. I sort of envied them their company with one another, but I'm pleased that the club exists and that my wife is such a large part of its creation.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com