May 15 starts a new chapter for Riverside-based MWD Book Club, when members will meet to discuss the 100th book they’ve read since the group started 16 years ago.
The club began in 1999 when 10 of the current 14 members had daughters in third grade at St. Mary’s, Blythe Park and Central schools. Meetings focused on teaching the girls to enjoy reading and talking about books. Over the next five years, moms and daughters read 24 books, including classics like Lois Lowry’s The Giver.
When the girls reached eighth grade and drifted away, the women reconstituted as the Mothers Without Daughters (MWD) Book Club and welcomed new participants, including mothers of sons.
Not only will May 15 mark the club’s 100th read — The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown — it will also be the first time spouses are invited to join the discussion.