Resident-Led Book Club at Tallgrass Creek Retirement Thrives in Aftermath of the Closing of Borders Stores
OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 27, 2011) - The residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community - like many people -- mourned this month's closing of Borders book stores. However, these lifelong book lovers today refuse to let the closing disrupt their daily routine: there are far too many novels, poems and essays to read and discuss.
A group of women at Tallgrass Creek formed the campus book club several years ago. Their book club is now thriving with an array of book discussions and events.
Judy Turner, one of the book club leaders, says the group reads everything from classics like Gustav Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" and George Orwell's "1984" to newer novels like "Comfort Food," a story about a cooking show host's relationship with her adult daughters. Each month, a different member takes a turn choosing the book and leading the group's discussion.
The nearby Johnson County Library offers "book club bags," sets of enough copies of popular books for book clubs to borrow at the same time. That saves Tallgrass Creek's book club members from having to purchase a new book every month.
Book club members can read books at their leisure in their own apartment homes. Consequently, the book club is an easy way for new residents to get involved in the Tallgrass Creek community. To sweeten the deal, the book club members usually bake homemade cupcakes and cookies for their book club meetings.
Discussing a book is a great way to get conversations started, according to Turner. A theme in a book might spark a discussion about members' own lives, which makes book clubs an excellent opportunity to get to know people on a deep level and form close friendships. "One member told me, 'The discussions are so much fun that I come even if I haven't read the book,'" Turner said.
Looking for some interesting reads to enjoy? Try one of the following books recommended by Tallgrass Creek's book club:
- "What I Was" by Meg Rosoff
- "The Fig Eaters" by Jody Shield
- "Teacher Man" by Frank McCourt
- "Marley and Me" by John Grogan
- "The Ice Queen" by Alice Hoffman
- "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane
- "Run" by Ann Patchett
- "Skeletons at the Feast" by Chris Bohjalian
- "Garden Spells" by S.A. Allen
- "Praying for Base Hits" by Base Clayton
- "Abundance" by Sena Jeter Nalund
- "Comfort Food" by Kate Jacobs