This is the Bookends of the Solivita Book Circle. They’ve come together to discuss Lidia Bastianich’s cookbook, enjoy her recipes from the book and listen to Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinels’ Food Critic. You’ve just entered the home of Ezie Wilgus. This is just the kind of stuff this book chapter does. (For those interested in Lidia Bastianich recipes, here's a link to her website. I loved it!)
At the helm of Bookends is Janet Stolow. She’s been presiding since 2011 and been a member since 2003. This chapter has a rich history in Solivita. They’re the second chapter to organize, following Chapter One.
I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Janet Stolow for the Solivita Book Circle. It was easy. I’ve known her since 2004, when we were at the sales office together. She was known as one of the “Rosie's.”
Janet is warm, friendly and full of interesting information about Solivita. Over the years we’ve shared books, volunteered at Give Kids the World and met over more than our share of social events. But believe it or not, it wasn’t until I sat down for this interview with Janet, that I really got to know her.
Married life has been very good to Janet. She met her husband, Jim, on a blind date. He was from the Bronx and she grew up in Manhattan. They didn’t let that get in the way! As a matter of fact, it’s made their marriage an adventure. They’ve been married for 52 years and they have two children. Their daughter, Jill, is a teacher on Long Island. Their son, David, is a scientist specializing in molecular biology. He lives in Wisconsin. Janet and Jim have three grandchildren.
Janet is gracious, clever, conscientious, direct and above all, authentic. This serves her well as the presider of Bookends. All nine members have a say in the decision process and enjoy the lively discussions the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. In December they have their holiday luncheon and everyone takes the months of July and August off to enjoy the summer.
Bookends is more than a reading group, they have become family. When there’s a need, they pitch in to help each other. Each year they agree on a genre. One year it was cookbooks, this year they chose books about cities they’ve visited in the past or ones they would like to visit. Next year they’re focusing on heroes (fiction or non-fiction). When members of the group must leave for some reason, Janet is on the look out for replacements. The group works best with nine members.
Janet will continue presiding for Bookends in the future. She checks out the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Book Section, the bookreporter.com and Amazon for book recommendations.
I had fun getting to know Janet Stolow in a new way. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I am so glad I could share it with you.
Yours in the reading world,
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