Book Club for May 15, 2021

We will be reading Carnegie’s Maid: A Novel, by Marie Benedict.

We are continuing with our small-group outdoor format. Sharon Grimshaw is hosting at 983 Bayou Lane in Crystal Beach.

You must sign up to attend by emailing Sharon at There are ten open spots. Plan to wear a mask and bring a personal drink.

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

Clara Kelley is not the experienced Irish maid hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished. Pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. However, serving as a lady’s maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn’t have. Clara does have a resolve and an uncanny understanding of business. But Clara can’t let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future — and her family’s.