Mary Gauthier, like most of the book club members, came to Washington, DC due to her husband’s job assignment during the war. Mary was perhaps one of the most traditional of the ladies, and it showed in her choice of books. Jeanne Walker tells of the day Mary brought a copy of “My Mother, My Self,” by Nancy Friday, to the meeting. Mary threw it on the table in disgust, saying she wouldn’t tolerate having such a book in her house. At which point, Jeanne says she picked it up right away and read it cover to cover. Her take on it? “Well, this isn’t so bad.”
Mary attended the book club meetings well after she could no longer read aloud or join in group discussions. Her daughter, Little Mary, attests to how important a commitment each gathering was– over the years, family vacations were planned, and lives were scheduled around the book club.