Chapter One Book Group

Chapter One is a community of friends committed to enriching our lives through shared experience of the written word and meaningful discussion.  The group was established in January 2008 and is currently celebrating its ninth year.

Each month, Chapter One dives into a new book selected directly from group nominations.  Selections can vary as much as our members.

The group continues to meet and celebrate literature each month in the Chillicothe area of Ohio.

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December 2018

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


Published in 1817

Though not published until after Jane Austen’s death in 1817, Northanger Abbey was her first completed novel and would set the tone for her legendary literary career. A parody of the gothic novels that were all the rage at the time, Northanger Abbey follows the exploits of the decidedly unremarkable Catherine Morland. After a case of mistaken identity, Catherine, who possesses a vivid imagination, is invited to be a guest at Northanger Abbey where she finds herself caught up in a series of misunderstandings, possible plots and a tumultuous romance. Northanger Abbey showcases Austen’s famous wit and humor, as well as her ability to convey subtle but complex views of human nature and morality.

This meeting for discussion of Book #132 is currently scheduled for December 29th at 5:00 PM.

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January 2019

Ogura Hyakunin Isshu by Various Authors, compiled by Fujiwara no Teika


Published circa 1235

At the request of his son, Fujiwara no Teika gathered one hundred waka poems from one hundred different poets and compiled them into a single volume to be given as a gift to his son’s father-in-law. Comprised of poems written by famous poets as well as emperors, empresses, priests and nobility from the seventh to the thirteenth century, Ogura Hyakunin Isshu functions both as a collection of beautiful poetry and a cultural time capsule for Japan as it was fourteen centuries ago. While not especially beloved in Teika’s own lifetime, Ogura Hyakunin Isshu has since become a beloved staple in Japan and the basis for the popular card game uta-garuta.

This meeting for discussion of Book #133 is currently scheduled for January 12th at 5:00 PM.