My book club recently read The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood. It’s the story of a middle-aged woman, recently divorced, who is struggling to find new meaning in her life. Through a friend, she joins a book group of serious readers at her local library. At her first meeting, she learns the assignment for the upcoming year is to read the books that have mattered the most in each of the member’s lives. Ava identifies the book that holds the most meaning for her and embarks on a quest to find the book’s author. Through her mission, secrets are revealed about her troubled past.

The book is engaging and fast-paced, and I highly recommend it. But it got me thinking about which book has mattered the most to me. Hands down, I have to say To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch is the quintessential Southern gentleman and I saw a lot of my father in him. He represents all of the values I hold dear—honor, integrity, equality of mankind.

What book has mattered the most to you in your life?

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A little about the book . . . 


An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.

Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.


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