Tracking millionaires

Book club

June 29, 2000

An interview with Ruth Bland, president of the Twelve in Twelve Book Club.

What book are members reading this month? This month, we're reading "The Millionaire Next Door," by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. This is subtitled "The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy," and that gives you some idea of what it's about. [It's] nonfiction. We read primarily fiction, but we also read biographies, nonfiction, self-improvement.

Which books have members liked? It's interesting that [members did like] some of the things that you wouldn't expect to be well liked. For example, the book we read in January, "The Life and Times of Ron Brown," written by Tracey Brown, his daughter, was very well received. It was not fiction or popular. It wasn't on the best-seller list, yet it had [our members'] genuine interest. And people really enjoyed hearing the impact it had on Tracey as she wrote it. We sponsored her at our annual Meet the Author.

How many members does the club have? Twelve members, 12 books in 12 months.

Where do you meet? We meet in members' homes. We have our annual Meet the Author in a public place. That is the only activity that takes place outside of members' homes. I should mention that we donate books to school libraries in Baltimore City, too. We buy the books, and we present them to a school library. This year, in April, we presented 65 books to Dunbar High School.

When was the club formed? 1989. We've had one member who moved away and another member who died, but the group has been pretty consistent.

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