Have Fun on New Journeys

Members of the Morgan Hill American Association of University

For the love of books
– and the chance to get together and talk about them after a
good read – is the motivation for a special interest group of the
Morgan Hill American Association of University Women.
For the love of books – and the chance to get together and talk about them after a good read – is the motivation for a special interest group of the Morgan Hill American Association of University Women.

The AAUW book club meets once a month to confab assigned reading and to talk about what to read next. Although most college graduates choose never to read another book longer than a page after leaving school, these literary ladies tackle novels, short stories, fiction and nonfiction, all written by female authors.

The book club’s December meeting at the lovely home of local architect Leslie Miles skipped its normal book discussion and held a holiday book exchange and farewell party for one of its founding members, Carol Holzgrafe.

After 18 years as a Morgan Hill resident, Carol is heading for north of Paradise. That would be near Chico, not the Paradise of Dante. Leaving the city desk at the Morgan Hill Times, Carol exclaimed, “I’m going to have time to cook again!”

The book exchange began with Carol unwrapping “Burden of Desire” brought by Joanne Rife. Rife explained, “This is a shamelessly romantic novel. I know Carol will love it.”

Due to the harsh nature of a gift exchange, the book did not remain in Carol’s possession for long. She opened book after book until finally securing her hold on a cookbook. Carol reminded her friends in the book club they were welcome to visit anytime, and a possible “rowdy outing” may have to include a quick stop in Chico.

A rowdy outing was explained as “anything that takes us somewhere.” Carol O’Hare excitedly described their first outing: “The first thing we did was ride the light rail to the end then back!” We all urge you, Carol, to get out more.

Carol Holzgrafe must have read the smirk on my face when she added, “We also flew to Portland to a bookstore.” Now there’s some wild livin’, ladies.

There to bid farewell to Carol was Kathy Goelkel, Donna Dicker, Barbara Jenks, Yvonne Duckett, Anne Rosenzweig, Mary Cox, Elizabeth Mandel, Katie Scanlon and Kathy Sullivan. You’ll recognize them when you see them on the light rail. They’re the ones with their noses in a good book.

Ciao for now.

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