Monday, October 23, 2006

October 2006 Selection: The Memory Keeper's Daughter

I hope you’re enjoying “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards, CW’s book club selection for October. We’ll be talking to the author via phone on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in SouthPark. Please RSVP by visiting and bring a friend.

When I get several e-mails in one day recommending the same book, I know there’s something to it. The nationwide buzz around “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” has vaulted the paperback by author Kim Edwards to the top spot on the New York Times’ best-selling list for the past 15 weeks. It’s a haunting family tale that examines the consequences of actions.

The story unfolds on a snowy evening as Caroline Henry prematurely gives birth at home to twins – a healthy son and a daughter with Down syndrome. Remembering how difficult his life had been with a chronically ill sister, Caroline’s husband, who is
a doctor, makes a split-second decision to give away the daughter and tell his wife, when she awakens, that their daughter was stillborn. The guilt nags at him for the rest of his life and the family dynamic slowly unravels as a result. The book’s central theme asks us to look at how decisions we make at pivotal moments can color every aspect of our lives.

Join us Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Charlotte’s South-
Park mall to discuss the book. Light refreshments will be served. Don’t forget
to RSVP at

A brief word about author Leah Stewart

Hello all,

I know I haven't blogged in a bit but a lot has happened, including a wonderful new job as editor of Union County Weekly, sister paper to Charlotte Weekly.

I want to thank author Leah Stewart for being such a marvelous and cool person!

She's incredible.

She delighted our book club and regaled us with tales from her life that left an indelible impression on us all. The great part was in addition to being an amazing creative person, she's also a really cool human being.

Kudos Leah! If you haven't read her books, run, don't walk to your local bookstore now and buy them!

The best part of helming the book club is getting to meet these truly talented folks and meeting our readers. Let the good reading roll!