On the same page: 20 years and counting for this Provo book group

Compiled by Sarah Harris

Larraine Nelson, who recommended these books, is a member of a Provo-based neighborhood women’s book club that began more than 20 years ago.

“On the same page” is a series featuring Utah book clubs and will run every other week.

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PROVO — Larraine Nelson’s Provo-based, neighborhood women’s book club has been together for more than 20 years. Some club members who have moved away since the group started have even kept up with the reading, Nelson said.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Deseret News: How did this book group start?

Larraine Nelson: This book club was started by a group of friends who shared a love of reading and decided to get together once a month to discuss the books they were reading. It has also been connected to our Relief Society, so we are rather selective about the books that are read.

DN: What kind of books does your club read?

LN: The type of books we read has evolved over a period of time. We started out reading a lot of Newbery Award books as a way to share them with our children. As time passed and our children grew up, we started reading other types of books. We now try to get a variety: historical fiction, Newbery, nonfiction, classics, etc.

DN: What have you learned or gained from being involved in this book group?

LN: Being a part of a book club is a great incentive to take the time to read. We all have different ideas about what is considered a “good” book, but can come to appreciate another’s choice of book as we get together and discuss the things we have learned. I really appreciate the insights and thoughts of others because they often bring attention to things that I completely missed. Another great thing about a book club is the chance we have to visit with friends. In our busy lives, it’s…

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