In Kim Erickson's Dublin subdivision, books bring neighbors together for insightful conversation, belly laughs and good company.

In Kim Erickson's Dublin subdivision, books bring neighbors together for insightful conversation, belly laughs and good company.

Erickson, who lives in Wyandotte Woods, started a book club in fall 2006 because she wanted to read-and discuss-good books. She also wanted to create deeper friendships with her neighbors. The club has met all of her expectations.

"I know so much more about my neighbors," she said. "I always liked them. Now, I know a lot of funny, great things about them."

The book club has created friendships among the women, some of whom only used to see each other occasionally when they were working in the yard or walking. Now they anticipate monthly get-togethers, like the recent event at Lisa Gray's house to discuss Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.

"I hold this so dear to my heart," said Ginger Egelhoff.

"We really click as a group," added Susan Clark. "There's a real bond there."

The women enjoy the club because the meetings always include a nice mix of book discussion and catching up on one another's lives. Members are encouraged to come even if they haven't finished the book. They share everything from personal stories to parenting advice to fashion tips.

"We get deep," said Kathy Jackson. "And we get really shallow."

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The Women of Wyandotte Woods share their secrets (well, some of them, anyway)

Book that caused the liveliest discussion: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards. Book that no one finished: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garca M&aecute;rquez.
Most reliable author: The group recommends historical fiction, such as The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. The one book club rule that the club enforces: The only rule is there are no rules. (Members do expect wine.) Any men in the club? No What's the ideal number of people for good discussion? 10 How do you choose the next book to read? The hostess chooses the book, leads the discussion and serves appetizers and dessert. The club tries to schedule books a few months ahead to give members time to complete them. Number of members who also belong to another book club: Two Is it better to meet at a house or restaurant? The group favors meeting at a house. They ended up buying dessert for fellow diners at a restaurant after one particularly boisterous discussion. Amount of time spent discussing the book: Varies widely depending on the book Ever do field trips? The club tries to go as a group to movies made from books they've read. They also have attended a wine tasting and a candle-making class. Book Club Bio Club name: Wyandotte Woods Bookclub, aka Moms Who Just Want to Have Fun and Read Good Books - But You Don't Have to Finish the Book Bookclub How old is the club? Three years How often they meet: Monthly Number of members: 15 Can anyone join? The group occasionally invites new neighbors to attend. Number of books discussed: 30 Secret to success: A flexible format. There's no pressure to finish the book and no one gets mad if you have to miss a meeting. Recent discussion on: Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah How many people attended: 10 How many finished the book: 10 Number of thumbs up: 10