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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November 2018

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn


Published in 2017

Shining a light on a series of artists who have been traditionally excluded from the mainstream art canon, Broad Strokes profiles the lives and careers of 15 women artists who spanned history from the Renaissance to the modern day. Painters, sculptors and illustrators are profiled in easily-accessible, educational and entertaining language complimented by the insight into the world of art that author Bridget Quinn gained while working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Lisa Congdon, Broad Strokes introduces the reader to a group of artists who have been denied their time in the sun until now.

This meeting for discussion of Book #131 is currently scheduled for November 24th at 5:00 PM.

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December 2018

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


Published in 1817

This meeting for discussion of Book #132 is currently scheduled for December 15th at 5:00 PM.

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.