LIFESTYLE

That little something extra

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

"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."

BOOK CLUB BIO

How old is the club? Six years

How often do they meet? Every six weeks

How did it start? Linda Pyle formed the club upon her retirement because she wanted to keep busy and stay in touch with former colleagues.

Number of members: 12

Can members bring friends? Yes. Pyle even recruited her dental hygienist to join the group.

Number of books discussed: 47

BY THE BOOK

Most reliable author for a book club read: The group suggested asking librarians for ideas but also enjoys Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter and The Kitchen God's Wife.

Book that no one liked:Three Junes by Julia Glass, which members said didn't live up to its hype

Book that no one finished:Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel

How do they choose their next book? Members take turns. The person who picks the book also arranges the meeting place.

Is it better to meet at a house or restaurant? The group favors meeting at restaurants because they enjoy dining out and it's easier for working members.

Amount of time spent discussing the book:About 30 minutes

Secret to success: Members have developed strong friendships that keep them coming back.