The Goals of Camelot Book Club

  • To read and enjoy the books we choose
  • To savor the discussion that follows
  • To continue to develop an appreciation for excellent writing
  • To relish the association and friendship with the members





Camelot Book Club was so named by its charter members because the ladies of El Dorado Bay wanted to celebrate the idea of our neighborhood’s original developer. He had a dream and saw El Dorado Bay as a Camelot -- the perfect kingdom - a place where dreams came alive -- a place where all was well.

The club’s inaugural meeting was in February, 1998. We decided to limit the membership to 12, so that the intimate nature of the group can be retained. We meet at 1:30 on the third Friday of each month in a member’s home to discuss the current selection. The kinds of books we read are varied, ranging from novels, biographies, self-help, historical novels, the classics, - "a little of everything." The hostess facilitates the book discussion. After we review and discuss the book, we stay for dessert and conversation. All of us savor the camaraderie we experience in this group. We always seem to have a wonderful time. In addition to thoughtful dialogues about the current book, a lot of laughing and fun goes on - and none of us ever wants to miss a meeting. If you have an interest in joining us, please contact Anne Simms at



First Meeting, March 16,1998

Left to Right: Bobbie Wignall, Ann Seher, Lorraine Simms, Monica Luenser, Peggy/Margaret Oesch, Lee Ritz


Current Members
Jennifer Cook
Kathie Cross
Lou Dunkle
Cyndie Ewert
Lori Forsyth
Mikey Girard
Judy Hatch
Tracy Hopkins
Tim Latta
Carol Lawler
Jo Porterfield
Anne Simms
Jane St. Romain
Sue Ward


Recent Books
Anne Simms
Reader's Choice
Ann Seher
Lincoln's War
Barbara Walton
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains
Isabella K. Bird
Karen O'Shea
Geraldine Brooks
Dottie Miller
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Tiffany Baker
Gwen Nelson
Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Reader's Choice
Tim Latta
The Big Rich
Bryan Burroughs
Ann Fitzgerald
A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
South of Broad
Pat Conroy
Robin Westerheim
The Untouchable
John Banville
Ann Fitzgerald Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May-September, 1787 Catherine Drinker Bowen
Margaret Oesch
Reader's Choice
Barbara Walton
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Dottie Miller
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
Anne Simms Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
Gwen Nelson Spoken from the Heart Laura Bush
Ann Seher
Reader's Choice
Robin Westerheim Theodore Roosevelt Henry Pringle
Karen O'Shea The Heretic's Daughter Kathleen Kent
October Sue Ward To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Peaches Oakes
Sacred Dennis Lehane
Barbara Walton
Christmas Memory Truman Capote
Dottie Miller
Reader's Choice
Peaches Oakes Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship Gail Caldwell
Ann Seher Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Beth Hoffman
Robin Westerheim
Half Broke Horses
Jeanette Walls
May Anne Simms
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford
June Gwen Nelson
Shell Seekers
Rosamunde Pilcher
July Margaret Oesch
Reader's Choice
Karen O'Shea
Laura Hiilenbrand
Sue Ward
13 Days to Glory
Lon Tinkle
October Barbara Walton
The Worst Hard Times
Timothy Egan
November Suzanne Tuite
Nothing Daunted
Dorothy Wickenden
Terry Moore
The Christmas Jars
Jason Wright
January Dottie Miller
Reader's Choice
February Gwen Nelson The Magic Room Jeffrey Zaslow
March Margaret Oesch Cannery Row John Steinbeck
April Karen O'Shea A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
May Anne Simms The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri
June Tim Latta State of Wonder Ann Patchett
July Suzanne Tuite
Reader's Choice
August Ann Seher The Paris Wife Paula McLain
Barbara Walton
Gone Girl Jillian Flynn
October Sue Ward One Amazing Thing Chitra Divakaruni
November Dottie Miller The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
December Holiday Lunch
January Tim Latta
The Boy Kings of Texas
Domingo Martinez
Dottie Miller
The Round House
Louise Erdich
Gwen Nelson
One Thousand Gifts
Ann Voskamp
Margaret Oesch
Light Between the Oceans
M. L. Stedman
May Karen O'Shea
Catherine the Great - Portrait of a Woman
Robert Massie
June Ann Seher Mary Coin Marisa Silver
July Anne Simms
Reader's Choice
August Suzanne Tuite O Pioneers Willa Cather
September Barbara Walton Honolulu Alan Brennert
October Sue Ward In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson
November Mehri The Ochardist Amanda Coplin
December Holiday Lunch Liefie's 11:30
January Kathie Cross
Reader's Choice
February Tim Latta A Higher Call Adam Makos
March Dottie Miller The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Jan Philipp Sendker
April Gwen Nelson The Husband's Secret Liane Moriarty
May Peggy/Margaret Oesch The Emerald Mile Kevin Fedarko
June Ann Seher Reader's Choice
July Gwen Nelson The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
August Anne Simms The Orphan Train Christina B. Kline
September Suzanne Tuite Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson
October Dottie Miller Monuments Men Robert Edsel
November Sue Ward The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
December Christmas Lunch
January Kathie Cross Reader's Choice
February Mikey Girard Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns
March Tim Latta The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout
April Carol Lawler A Soft Place to Land Susan Rebecca White
May Dottie Miller In the Kingdom of Ice Hampton Sides
June Gwen Nelson Still Alice Lisa Genova
July Lunch Reader's Choice
August Peggy/Margaret Oesch Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
September Anne Simms Wild Cheryl Strayed
October Sue Ward All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
November Anne Simms The Liars' Club: A Memoir Mary Karr
December Holiday Lunch TBD
January Anne Simms Reader's Choice
February Mikey Girard Bossypants Tina Fey
March Lori Forsyth Circling the Sun Paula McLain
April Judy Hatch The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin
May Tim Latta Plainsong Kent Haruf
June Lunch Out The Martian Andy Weir
July Anne Simms Reader's Choice
August Dottie Miller A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
September Carol Lawler The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
October Sue Ward Spare Parts Joshua Davis
November Kathie Cross Love is a Wild Assault Elithe Kirkland
December Holiday Lunch
January Anne Simms Reader's Choice
February Lori Forsyth School Master's Daughter John Smolens
March Mikey Girard Tumbling Turner Sisters Julliette Fay
April Carol Lawler The Dead Wake Erik Larson
May Tim Latta When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
June Judy Hatch A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles

Dotsy Miller
Pot luck lunch

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Dominic Smith
August Anne Simms News of the World Paulett Jiles
September Sue Ward Under the Wide and Starry Sky Nancy Horan
October Dotsy Miller Once We Were Brothers Ronald Balsom
November Mikey Girard

One Thousand White Women

Jim Fergus
December Christmas Lunch
January Anne Simms Book Selection/Reader's Choice
February Lori Forsyth Rules of Civility Amor Towles
March Carol Lawler The Boys in the Boat Daniel Brown
April Tracy Hopkins Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate
May Judy Hatch The Boy Who Knew Too Much Cathy Byrd
June Lori Forsyth
July Dotsy Miller
Pot luck lunch
Beartown Fredrick Backman
August Mikey Girard Sisters First Jenna Bush Hager
September Anne Simms Ordinary Grace William Krueger
October Tim Latta Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover
November Sue Ward Mudbound Hillary Jordan
December Christmas Lunch
February Carol Lawler Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan
March Kathie Cross The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
April Judy Hatch The Library Book Susan Orlean
May Mikey Girard The Home for Unwanted Girls Joanna Goodman
June Cyndie Ewert The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion

Lori Forsyth (Pot Luck Lunch)

Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
August Tim Latta Saints for all Occasions J. Courtney Sullivan
September Tracy Hopkins Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
October Anne Simms Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
November Lou Dunkle The Whip Karen Kondazian
December Christmas Lunch Liefie's
January Cyndie Ewart
Book Selections for 2020
February Sue Ward Little Women Louisa May Alcott
March Tim Latta The Dutch House Ann Patchett
April Jennifer Cook The Cutting Season Attica Locke
May Judy Hatch The Secrets We Keep Lara Prescott
June Mikey Girard Olive Again Elizabeth Strout

Lori Forsyth

Pot luck lunch

East of Eden John Steinbeck
August Jane St. Romain City of Thieves David Benihoff
September Anne Simms The Giver of Stars and/or The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Jojo Moyes

Kim Richardson

October Tracy Hopkins The Testaments Margaret Attwood
November Lou Dunkle Sold on a Monday Kristina McMorris

Cyndie Ewart

Pot luck lunch

The Two Lila Bennetts Liz Fenton





December 2019 Christmas Lunch at Liefies
Cyndie Ewart, Tracy Hopkins, Judy Hatch, Kathie Cross, Tim Latta, Jane St. Romain, Mikey Girard, Anne Simms, Lou Dunkle, Lori Forsyth

January Meeting 2020 at Cyndie's House
Front Row: Jennifer Cook, Cyndie Ewart
Back Row: Tracy Hopkins, Judy Hatch, Sue Ward, Lou Dunkle, Mikey Girard, Lori Forsyth, Anne Simms, Tim Latta

August 2014 Meeting
Left to Right Front: Gwen Dillman, Gwen Nelson, Dottie Miller, Peggy/Margaret Oesch
Back: Anne Simms, Sue Ward, Anne Dillman, Tim Latta, Ellen Sledge, Kate Dillman


July 2012 Meeting
Left to Right: Suzanne Tuite, Ann Seher, Margaret Oesch, Barbara Walton, Dotsy Miller, Robin Westerheim, Gwen Nelson, Anne Simms, Sue Ward

December 2010 Meeting
Left to Right: Robin Westerheim, Peggy/Margaret Oesch, Terry Moore, Dotsy Miller, Gwen Nelson, Karen O'shea, Barbara Walton, Sue Ward, Suzanne Tuite, Anne Simms, Ann Seher