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      Thanks to the thirteen members who attended last Wednesday night’s meeting to select titles to get the Book Club underway!  This same info will be added to the closed Facebook page and similar info added to the Book Club tab on the Members Only part of the chapter website.

      There was discussion about several titles already suggested for the every other month Zoom book club meetings.  It was a group decision to select a fiction title for the May 15th meeting and a non-fiction one for the July 17th meeting.  Also, to share the other “top” titles in the May newsletter as a way to keep building interest in this new activity of the chapter.  There will be brief descriptions about each book and members will be asked to vote on two more fiction and two more nonfiction titles for the remaining four book club meetings between May 2024/April 2025.  Still being figured out is how to collect the votes.

      Drum roll !!!

      Chosen for the Wed May 15th meeting is The Seamstress of Sardinia by Bianco Pitzorno.  Here are library links to the title at King County Library System (KCLS), Seattle Public Library (SPL), and Sno-Isle Libraries (Sno-Isle).  And part of a book review about it:
      Follows a poor Sardinian orphan girl’s coming-of-age as she becomes a seamstress, opera lover, and independent young woman. At five, in 1900, the unnamed narrator loses her parents in a cholera epidemic. She’s taken in by her grandmother, Nonna, a seamstress who teaches her to sew. By age seven, the girl is helping with the work, and well-to-do brides teach her to read and offer her novels, periodicals, and opera libretti in exchange for sewing their trousseaux and layettes.” 287 pages long, published in 2022.

      Selected for the Wed July 17th meeting was Chanel: the Making of a Collection by Laetitia Cenac.  Links to library copies include: KCLS, SPL, Sno-Isle.  And here’s a brief description:
      “Traces the design process of the world-renowned fashion house, revealing how a collection is created . . . . .,
      hundreds of beautifully rendered fashion illustrations from acclaimed artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Karl Lagerfeld’s approach to design is brought to life, as are the talents of the masterfully skilled artisans-the embroiderers, flower makers, shoemakers, hat makers, and more-who specialize in everything from buttons and leather to lace, silk, and cashmere . . . .”   239 pages long, published in 2019.

      Thanks to the members who have already expressed interest in the book club.  There will be brief reports shared in the monthly newsletters about both upcoming titles along with follow-ups about how the discussions went.

      For more information, please email Cynthia and Marion at

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