\"This week is Turn Off TV Week. Reading is something where everyone can use their life experiences and enjoy an alternative to television,\" said Melanie Battoe, library director at the Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich. Battoe started a book review group at the library Friday with a noon brown-bag discussion of Memoirs of a Geisha . This fall, she plans a monthly mystery book group.\"In the early days, the women sewed, knitted or crocheted while books were read. Then, most women didn\'t work and they came to the reading circle to be stimulated,\" Brundage said, noting that onosiphoria is Greek for \"working together.\"
Women still read books to exchange ideas, said Carol Little, who recently formed a reading group in Delhi. \"In this area, it\'s one way to connect with your neighbors. You can get pretty isolated otherwise,\" she said. Now, she shares her lifelong love of reading. \"I have to make the time to read more so I can talk about the books. It\'s really stimulating to hear what other people have to say.\"
Three years ago in Binghamton, a group of mothers and their pre-pubescent daughters gathered monthly in each other\'s homes to share books. \"It is a starting point for talking about issues of interest to my daughter. It\'s easier to start with characters in a book,\" said Meredith Pell-Preus. The book Fat Chance gave her and daughter Linka the opportunity to talk about eating disorders and body image.