Book club members read variety of tomes
by Maddy Houk
Oct 04, 2012 | 642 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Calling those who love to read but have no one with whom to discuss books: Westside Readers is seeking new members for its book club meetings.

The Patterson Friends of the Library and Newman Friends of the Library joined two years ago and founded the club, then called the Westside Literati.

The group, which meets in a private home in Patterson, is hoping to find new members to join in its discussions the second Tuesday of each month from September to May.

Crescencia Maurer, one of the club’s founders, said the entire group selects the books that the club reads after having informal discussion and coming to an agreement.

“We’d like to let people know we are here and reading interesting books,” she said.

Club members will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, in a private home in Patterson to discuss the recent mystery and crime novel “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn.

Book choices are varied, ranging from classics to current events.

“The library is always doing things for the children and teens, so we thought we’d do this for adults,” Maurer said.

During the past couple of years, Westside Readers have read about 20 books on a variety of topics including the novel “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson and nonfiction books “Epitaph for a Peach” by David “Mas” Masumoto, a Central Valley farmer, and “River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey,” a story by Candice Millard abut Roosevelt’s trip on the Amazon River.

Patterson resident Rita Moore, who has been in the club for two years, said she appreciates the work Maurer puts into each meeting.

“I really like the book club, because Crescie usually tries to organize a video or field trip of some kind relating to the book we are reading,” Moore said. “She puts so much effort into organizing the club and giving it structure.”

Among the club’s list of possible future reads suggested by members are the “The Hunger Games” series of young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins, Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild” and the prisoner-of-war biography “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

In addition to reading and discussing books, members sometimes decide to take a trip to a nearby city or museum that is relevant to the book or its author, or compare films or plays to the original literary creation.

When readers discussed “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck, they took a trip to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. After reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee in celebration of the book’s 50th anniversary in 2010, club members took a jaunt to the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto to see the play.

Though readers can purchase their own copies of a chosen book, the Stanislaus County Library’s Book Club Service has book-club boxes prepared for 150 titles. Each includes 10 to 12 copies of a particular book, a reading guide and questions for club members. Some copies are large-print or audio versions. Library users also have access to e-books for iPad, Nook and Kindle e-readers.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or At a glance

WHAT: Westside Readers Book Club seeks members

WHEN: Next meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9

NOW READING: “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn

INFO: Crescencia Maurer, 862-0608

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