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Funkstown book club aims to expand into the community

October 14, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - The Between the Covers book club began about a year ago as the brainchild of the activities and fellowship committee at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown.

"We have about six to 10 members now," said Dru McNamee, one of those literary devotees. Most are women but hopes are that will change as the word spreads about the club.

The group meets on the fourth Monday of every month at the church, usually starting its one-to-two-hour sessions around 6:30 p.m.

In September, the club kicked off its fall season with a chance to meet Robert W. Brannon, a local and first-time author. He spoke about his book, "Cricket," which tells of his daughter Kristie, who died in 1991, and her love for baseball. Copies of the book were available for purchase and for signing by the author.

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"We decide on our next book at the end of the meeting," McNamee said.

Sometimes it is a book that a member has read and recommended.

That's the case for the Oct. 27 meeting, which will focus on "The Shack," another first-time work by author William P. Young.

McNamee said she read that book and recommended it to the club.

In recent months, the club has chosen books by local author Nora Roberts and Dan Brown, who wrote "The Da Vinci Code."

Not all the books are fiction, McNamee said. The club has read books about past U.S. presidents, too.

"We would love to expand the club beyond the church and into the community," McNamee said.

Anyone interested in joining may just show up. Fellowship and light refreshments follow the discussion each month.

For more information

Want to learn more about the Between the Covers book club? Call St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 301-791-1738.

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