Saturday, December 14, 2013

December Book Club Selection: A Cup of Christmas Tea

A Cup of Christmas Tea
The December selection for the Augusta Library's book club for adults was A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg. The description of this book on Goodreads is as brief as the book itself:

The story of a young man's reluctant visit to an elderly aunt at Christmastime, and the unexpected joy it brings. More than 1.5 million copies sold.

A Cup of Christmas Tea was a hit among the book club members: Not only was it mercifully short (it took less than ten minutes to read), but it inspired some lively discussions. First, members debated whether the narrator should be blamed or exonerated for his reluctance to visit his elderly great aunt at Christmas. (Most seemed to conclude that while his sentiments were hardly admirable, they certainly were understandable; a few drew parallels between his relationship with his aunt and the relationships that they or people they knew had experienced.) Eventually, the debate evolved into a sharing of members' own Christmas memories. Jane read the poem's sequel, A Memory of Christmas Tea, and everyone shared the assorted desserts that several members had brought. Although the meeting was on December 11, it was already beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

The next book club meeting will be on January 8; we will discuss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. The meeting is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact the library if you haven't yet requested a copy of January selection but would like to obtain one.

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