During a recent book club meeting, Sharon Klamfoth shared a sentence that moved her while reading a novel.
"Education is not a path, it's a tree," she read to the women gathered at Linda Pyle's Reynoldsburg home to discuss These Is My Words by Nancy Turner.
Klamfoth told club members she liked the notion that education was more than a journey to a diploma.
Though they hadn't discussed the idea before, the members of the Bound Together book club embrace the concept. They regularly bring additional materials or information to enhance the discussions.
Although it was her first time attending a meeting, Karla Hall brought along a bit of history about Thanksgiving. It struck her as odd that the characters in the book, set in the late 1800s, never mentioned the holiday. She decided to find out why.
Thanksgiving, she discovered, did not become an official holiday until 1863, during Abraham Lincoln's presidency. Since the book was set 20 years later in frontier Arizona, Hall speculated that "word hadn't spread that far west."
"I had to know so I looked it up," the Columbus resident said.
It's that kind of curiosity that makes the book club so rewarding, said Pyle, the group's founder.
"It really does help [the discussion] when people look up a little extra fact," she said. "Everyone appreciates it."