I Name a Genre: Quirky Lady Club Books

Good Housekeeping magazine recently said, in comment on the Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club, “It’s official: knitting has become the new acme of cool.”

And you know if anyone has its finger on the pulse of cool, it’s Good Housekeeping magazine, sucka-chump. You don’t have to read The Sweet Gum Knit Lit Society, either, to know that.

But still, I have to differ slightly and say that it’s not knitting novels necessarily that are enjoying a heyday , but a genus of fiction I’ll have to call Quirky Lady Club books.

It’s not a new genre, but rather just one that’s simply gone without a proper christening. Its standouts in recent memory have included The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Friday Night Knitting Club, and The Elm Creek Quilts series. But in the past year, the popularity of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has busted things wide open. Expect an influx.

I love these books if only because most of them make grown women say silly titles when they ask me about them at the store. They’re also full of lessons on friendship, community, and inevitably plenty of metaphors likening those to things to knots, to weaves, to threadwork, to…

Anyway, I wonder can these books be far off?

  • Cutesy-Poo Sugar Pie Taxidermy Club
  • Sunday Night Nascar-Romance and Sudoku Dojo
  • The Itty Bitty Knitty Chick Lit Clique
  • Hoboken Klepto-Crochet Gobbledy-Gook Junior League
  • Monday Morning Red Hat Society Stitch ‘n Bitch
  • Punxitawney Stormchasing Bingo Ladies Club
  • The Tea Street Brawlers
  • The Shooby Dooby Sarah Palin Look-Alike Scat Singin’ Sisterhood
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (wait, that’s a band)
  • The Lucky Seven Slot Machine and Bundt Cake Cougars
  • Zooba-Mafoo Bink-Bink Josh Groban Fan Club of the Traveling Pants

And really, this looks to be a robust subgenre that will last, so by no means will this cover all the possible titles. Can you predict some others?


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