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By Becky Cassell, Editor

Economic struggles, autism, bullies, death and love were all topics at Sunday's meeting of the CKNJ Bookmarks' reading group.

We had a lively discussion about July's book selection, "Rainwater" by Sandra Brown.

The novel took place during 1934 in Texas. The novel starred a hardworking single mother, an autistic child and a mysterious boarder with a terminal medical condition. As the townspeople, farmers and ranchers struggled both economically and spiritually, a malevolent evil in the form of a menacing town bully threatened their tenuous hold on survival.

Everyone enjoyed the story, which was quite different from a majority of Brown's books.

Next up on the Bookmarks' reading list is "Dancing on the Edge of the Roof" by Sheila Williams.

Interestingly enough, Williams was born in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Kentucky's very own University of Louisville.

Following is a description of the book from Williams' own website:

"At 41, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon. She wants adventure and excitement - if such things exist for a pre-menopausal African American woman with three grown, deadbeat children.

"Juanita's new life in Paper Moon, Montana, begins at a local diner where a culinary face-off with chef and owner Jess Gardiner finds Juanita in front of Jess's stove serving up home cookin' that lures the townsfolk like a magic spell. And suddenly Juanita, who was just passin' through, now has a job by popular demand.

"Out here in this wide-open space, Juanita's heart can no longer hide, especially when she sees herself through the eyes of the wonderful and eccentric people of this down-to-earth town. She's happy in Paper Moon; she's found a home, but can she stay? And then there's Jess. She has always dreamed of romance, but she never planned on falling in love."

A review from Publishers Weekly states, "This is an easy read, with lively dialogue and a fair share of comedy ..."

Want to join us?

If you enjoy a good book and would like the chance to talk to others who have read the same book, we'd love to have you join us.

With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group meets once every three months. There is no membership or mandatory attendance, it's just a group of people getting together to talk about books.

Elaine Munday, librarian at Taylor County Public Library, says she will obtain several copies of the group's book selections. We also hope that those who buy the books will read them and pass them on to a friend, which will allow even more people to join in the fun.

If you're interested in joining us and want to be added to our newsletter, just drop me an e-mail at editor@cknj.com.

We recognize that we all have busy lives, so we only meet every three months. Our next meeting is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Extension Office.

We hope to see you there.