Cool at the pool with book club

Dear Readers,

     Although I have been a one-girl/woman book club ever since I learned to read in John S. Read School at 5th and York Streets in North Camden, I finally got to join a real book club. So far, we have no name, but we are composed of book lovers who have retired from teaching ESL in Camden, another ESL teacher who dreams of retiring and two others who probably feel that they have taught ESL in Camden since they have heard us talk so much about it.

     Today we met at Cathy’s condo pool and the sunshine, low humidity and surrounding trees contributed to a lovely afternoon with friends, food and books.  What a combo.  It’s hard to decide what is more fun…friends?  food?  books?  As usual, the book club food was good–whiskey cheese, prima donna cheese, gouda cheese, crackers, lots of fruit, brownies and hoagie slices.

     Our original goal was to discuss books with friends and to read books different from what we usually read.  We do discuss books when we are not talking or eating.  Talking and eating have pushed aside our original goal and all of us are good with it with that small change.

    We do discuss other topics than teaching.  What did we talk about today?  Swimsuits of European men vs. American men, old age, food, Obama, war, dogs, cats, Woody Allen, tattoos, piercings, PBS, Whole Foods, Wegmans,  travel and, last, but not least, Janet Evanovich’s Top Secret Twenty-One, a Stephanie Plum novel.

      We take turns choosing books:  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner,  A Small Town in Germany by John le Carre, The Golden Egg by Donna Leon, and today’s pick, Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich.  We agreed that the book of the day was a fast and funny read. 

       I said that I was going to write a letter to Janet Evanovich and ask her to let Stephanie and the other characters step out of the same roles that they have played for twenty-one books and do something a little different.  Maybe I’ll write it this weekend.  I once met Janet Evanovich at the Cherry Hill Barnes and Noble and she signed a book for me. She is such a gracious and lovely person and I’m sure she’ll read my letter.  However, I don’t think she will remember me.  I think that there were about six hundred people there to see her.  I was there a good two hours early and there were three or four hundred fans ahead of me.  I did wait.  I can’t believe it, but I did.


     For our next get-together,  we plan to talk about The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters.  All of us love mysteries so we are back to reading our favorite genre.


     I had proposed, A Spy Among Friends, Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, by Ben MacIntyre with an afterword with John le Carre.  However, I do like the Elizabeth Peters and this one is set in Egypt–it looks good.  But, I think that I’ll read the nonfiction A Spy Among Friends in a few minutes.  Nothing more fun than having a new book waiting for me…


    What are you reading?  Do you have any recommendations?


Written from Cramer Hill on a quiet Friday night

Marguerite Ferra


One thought on “Cool at the pool with book club

  1. My dear friend, this is a title that I think you will enjoy. “Beautiful Ruins”. It is a love story, a history of hollywood’s hayday, and a glorious story filled with wonderful characters and communication and insults in Italian when English isn’t available. And it made me laugh outloud. Try this one, you’ll love it. Kandy


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