By LAURA ERNDE
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - As book critics go, the eight women at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library are tough.
The end of "The English Patient" was unsatisfying, says retired librarian Jean Hastings.
"You wanted another chapter," adds Marty Macfarland.
When one member calls the beginning of the book confusing, comments of agreement begin to fly around the room.
"I'm glad to hear you say it was disjointed," says Kathryn Oller, a retired Drexel University professor with a doctorate in library science and English literature.
Books are a passion for this group, affiliated with the Waynesboro College Club.
At reading groups around the Tri-State area, book enthusiasts get together and share ideas over coffee and cookies.
Books are hot. After Oprah Winfrey began using her talk show to promote new books, sales for the featured works skyrocketed. Some radio programs, especially on public radio stations, feature book discussions.