Summer Reading Courtesy of Annapolis Book Club

There are many wonderful book clubs in our fair city but the book club I belong to is the best (Not that I’ve belonged to any others) But I do believe we serve the best dinners, have the best conversations, and choose the best books. Oh yes and we do have a great time.
Each year we pick a theme and then each hostess picks her book which she tries to associate with the theme, or not. Our theme is “water”. Our book for this month is Anita Shreve’s “The Weight of Water”. Set on a sailboat docked near an island off the coast of New Hampshire it utilizes the parallel timeline of an historic event to highlight the life choices and challenges of a present day character, a photographer who unfortunately is more in touch with the past than the present. It’s a page turner.
On a lighter note, an earlier selection was “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. What was life like for the British residents of the Channel Islands occupied by Germany during the second World War? The story is told through the colorful correspondence of a journalist communicating with her colleagues, friends, and members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. While a potato peel pie may not be delicious, but the in’s and outs of the characters’ lives make for some delicious reading. Enjoy your summer.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

3 thoughts on “Summer Reading Courtesy of Annapolis Book Club

  1. I would like to invite the members of your book club to attend Mystery By the Bay, a mystery writer’s luncheon sponsored by METAvivor Research and Support, Inc. The event will be held on Thursday, September 8th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park. The cost is $40; you can register online by going to METAvivor is a support group for women and men with metastatic breast cancer. Our mission is to support those with the disease, to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research that will change our disease from a terminal one to a chronic, controlled condition.

    Avis Halberstadt’


    1. There are several that meet sponsored by Barnes and Noble and another club is sponsored by St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery. Church groups also have book clubs as social groups if you belong to a church. I know there is one at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis.
      Some of the library branches might also have book clubs. Those are a few places to start.


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