Mary offers Angela some advice and a dose of reality about her book club.
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Mary Maxwell, Posted June 11,2012
Angela in Canton has an issue with her book club: "Dear Mary, I'm in book club with a group of women from church. There is one lady who always picks the next book and I should mention she hasn't picked a good one in 3 years. All of the others just acquiesce to her even they have suggestions for a different book for the next month. I'm tired of her thinking she runs the show
and I want someone else to pick the next book. How can I handle the situation?"
Well Angela, this has been simmering quite a while, hasn't it? Is the lady in question, by any chance the wife of the minister? Or an English teacher? or a librarian? Somebody the other ladiesadmire and respect? And why do I get the feeling that this 'someone else' you'd like to pick the next book is named Angela? And how is it that the book club has survived for 3 years given all the bad book selections? Of course, in my book club the main attractions are the lunch, the conversation, and the wine, not necessarily in that order. But if you want to make a change, why don't you suggest that the club members each take a turn picking a book? That way it won't look like you're making a power grab. It will seem very democratic and after all, isn't that the American way?
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