Plans are being finalized for the 47th-annual Book Review Luncheon hosted by the Literary Department of the Weirton Woman's Club, a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of West Virginia.
This year's event will be held Saturday at Williams Country Club in Weirton, beginning at 11 a.m. The event also will include a book sale, book door prizes and a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD tablet. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased from any committee member or by calling Sandra Robbins, chairman of the book review, at (304) 723-4668 or Diana Durst, chairman of the literary department, at (304) 723-4469.
Tickets for the Kindle Fire HD also can be purchased at the Mary H. Weir Public Library for $2 during regular hours at the front desk.
The event is open to the general public. Proceeds helps the Mary H. Weir Public Library purchase books for its patrons.
Committee members met in March at Williams Country Club to discuss the event, including Robbins; Diane Pastoric, president of the Weirton Woman's Club; Patty Rhoades; Carol Village; Molly Mossor; Minnie Pazich; and Barbara Raynolds.
The book chosen for this year's review is "Dearie, The Remarkable Life of Julia Child," by Bob Spitz. The reviewer will once again be Nancy Ellen O'Leary, who brings a vast knowledge and lively discussion of the book to the audience, committee members said. This will mark O'Leary's seventh book review for the literary department. O'Leary has been a longtime member of the Woman's Club of Wheeling and has served as president of that club and as a past president of the State Federation's Northern District. She resides in Wheeling with her husband, Jack.
"Dearie, The Remarkable Life of Julia Child" tells the story of the favorite chef and her rise to fame. The 6-foot, 3-inch Child was in her 50s when she began her television cooking show career that spanned more than three decades.
Spitz, who knew Child personally, details her life, not just her larger-than-life television personality, but the woman who searched for her own identity and finally discovered in food a natural calling.