Griffiths Leadership Society Book Club
Spring 2010 Selection:
The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship
In The Girls from Ames, author Jeffrey Zaslow chronicles the forty-year friendship of eleven women from a small town in Iowa. The newest member to join the group, Angela Bendorf Jamison, left Ames for Columbia and graduated from Mizzou with a degree in agricultural journalism.
Jamison now lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with her husband, Warner, and nine-year-old daughter, Camryn. As an inflammatory breast cancer survivor, Angela has learned to live each day to its fullest potential and enjoy the little things that come her way.
Jamison shared this story as well as the lessons of leadership and friendship at the Fall 2009 conference. Each member in attendance received a copy of The Girls from Ames as a special gift. Join us this spring as we discuss the book at the conference April 9 & 10.
Click here to learn more about the book.
Fall 2008 Book Club Selection: The Bones of Garbo
Author Trudy Lewis is a fiction writer and faculty member at the University of Missouri, where she teaches creative writing and women’s literature. Lewis is a native Midwesterner and grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska. She is the author of several publications and received the William Goyen Award for Fiction for her first novel, Private Correspondences.
The Bones of Garbo, a collection of short stories, was praised as being funny and wonderfully written. Lewis received the Sandstone Prize in Short Fiction for the book. Lewis will be in attendance at the fall conference to lead the book club discussion, so you won’t want to miss out on her perspective!
At the fall conference, Lewis was on-hand to discuss her book and share insight into her writing process. She discussed Marijuana Tree, one of the short stories featured in The Bones of Garbo. Click on the link below to download Marijuana Tree. A copy of the selection was included in the fall conference materials.
Spring 2008 Book Club Selection Sparks Great Dialogue
Last spring, members enjoyed a treat with the new Griffiths book club. The first selection, The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, provided an interesting look at topics very relevant in America today. The book was the 2006 Freshman Reading Program selection at Mizzou as well as the One Read for the city of Columbia.
If you missed the spring conference, click here to view the discussion guide. Catch up with a new book this summer and get ready for our fall meeting. The spring selection is The Bones of Garbo by MU professor Trudy Lewis. If you have questions or would like to suggest a book, please contact Ellie Miller or Tuck Van Dyne.