Book group around the lake

Tonight we discussed Barbara Kingsolver’s book “The Lacuna” with 11 of our group participating at one member’s house in Maple Bluff on the east side of the lake. I did work late, ate some dinner, and drove over to her place after 7pm. We had a good discussion — a really nice group of women, all about my age, many of whom have children graduating from college this year. We read some great novels which I might never have discovered if it weren’t for this group. Every night before turning out the light, I read a bit which seems to calm my brain and make it easier for me to fall asleep. It’s become such a routine and habit, that I simply cannot go to sleep without reading first. As a result, I get through quite a few books every year. Mostly fiction, but some non-fiction. Our book group reads 10 a year. We take a month off in the summer, and in December, we all meet at a local restaurant early in the month to celebrate. Yet another benefit of my life here in Madison — groups of women who become friends — around books, biking, skiing, walking, work. It’s comfortable.

I have trouble remembering the definition of  “lacuna,” so I kept looking it up. It’s a strange word. I could write something about it. But not tonight.

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3 thoughts on “Book group around the lake

  1. A missing section or a gap. Or when it refers to bones, a cavity.

    As in.. “For someone so educated, there were surprising lacunae in her understanding of how the world works.”

  2. Lacuna = a missing section or a gap. Or when it refers to bones, a cavity.

    As in.. “For someone so educated, there were surprising lacunae (yup, that’s the plural) in her understanding of how the world works.”

    • Yes, it’s a funny word; I looked it up in the OED; it also has some biological or botanical meanings, and also in medicine, it’s used. The book was good, but I didn’t like it as much as I liked the Poisonwood Bible.

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