Book Club to Discuss ‘Carnegie’s Maid’ at February 27 Meeting

Clare Ravizza , Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The NDA Book Club’s third quarter meeting will be held at the Daily Buzz Cafe on Tuesday, February 27, at 6 p.m. The book selection to be discussed at this meeting is Marie Benedict’s Carnegie’s Maid.

The novel is a historical fiction retelling of “the brilliant woman who spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist,” according to Carnegie’s Maid’s jacket description. Benedict’s tale is recommended for fans of Downton Abbey.

Each quarter, the NDA Book Club holds a meeting to discuss a different book. All NDA students are welcome to read Carnegie’s Maid and participate in the discussion.

Mrs. Katie Gelb, NDA’s librarian who runs the Book Club along with her colleague Mrs. Treena Leonhard, has begun reading Carnegie’s Maid and warns that, although it may have a slow start in the first few chapters, the novel picks up as the story progresses.

“I think it will be good,” said Gelb.

Gelb also describes the club’s meetings at the Daily Buzz as having a “relaxed atmosphere.”

“It’s a group of people from all different classes,” said Gelb of the club. “They all just connect and have something to talk about that’s often not the book. The book leads us to other discussions.”

“The Book Club is an excellent motivator to read books that I wouldn’t normally choose,” explained junior and Book Club member Elizabeth Bolin. “There’s plenty of time in between meetings to read the books which means that anybody could be a part of the club and it’s interesting to hear other perspectives.”

Gelb described the Book Club as “a neat way to be together and sit and chat.”

If you are interested in attending the February meeting, pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Gelb or Mrs. Leonhard in the library.