I don’t know how books help but sometimes they do make us feel a little less alone…
I’ve been very fortunate to participate in many Book Club meetings where readers have gathered to discuss Trail of Crumbs. The book lends itself to lots of good food and drink and some soul searching. It’s amazing how people open up and the most rewarding part for me is to hear other people’s stories.
In many of these meetings/phone Q and As, we share our love of travel and food, our common desire to find a place to call home, a new recipe, stories of adoption and reunions, tolerance, great tips on where to buy Lillet Blanc, restaurant and hotel recommendations, and more books to discover (THE GLASS CASTLE, THE HELP, THREE LITTLE WORDS…)…we laugh a lot and there are some tears, but most importantly, we celebrate our failures and successes and are grateful for words and books that bring us together.
The most recent book club groups–one in San Francisco and one in Birmingham–included me in a Q and A. I loved how many of the questions began, “This is a personal question…” Luckily, during both gatherings, I had had enough Champagne to answer.
Thank you to Melissa McMahon and her group in San Francisco and Francie Macdougall and her group of lovely women in Birmingham.