CEOS Book Club’s spring meeting

The spring meeting of the Community Educational Outreach Service Book Club (CEOS Book Club) was held at the home of EvaLee McKinney in Point Pleasant.

Two books, “Chickens in the Road” by Suzanne McMinn and “The Quilter’s Apprentice” by Jennifer Chiaverini, were discussed due to the cancellation of February’s meeting. Both books are on the CEOS Purposeful Reading list. Members present were McKinney, Marilyn Clark, Judy Chapman and Natalie Morgan.

“Chickens in the Road” is true account of the author’s adventure in moving to Roane County. McMinn’s father had grown up in the area and she had visited many times. She quoted her father as saying “I got out of there as soon as I could.” For herself, she says “I got here as soon as I could.”

McMinn writes of her partnership with a man she only identifies as “52,” their buying a piece of property, building a house and establishing a farm. She writes humorously of their efforts towards farming, their trials and successes. Throughout one can sense her love of the land and all things country. Those present at the book club meeting were brought to mind of circumstances experienced in their lives.

“The Quilter’s Apprentice” is the first book in the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. Following a downturn in the economy, Sarah McClure moved with her husband, Matt, to a small town in Pennsylvania. Matt finds employment as a landscaper and through him Sarah comes into contact with an elderly woman, Sylvia Compson, who needs help preparing her family estate, Elm Creek, for sale. Sylvia is a master craftswoman and agrees to teach Sarah to quilt. Although Sarah is an accountant she hopes to find employment in another field. With her new interest in quilting, Sarah conceives the idea of establishing a quilting retreat at Elm Creek. The books contains much discussion of quilting and quilt patterns. Hostess, McKinney showed the group the first quilt she had quilted and pieced.

The CEOS Book Club met this week at the McKinney home. “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” by James Patterson was to be discussed. The book club meetings are open to all.