November 2020 W.O.W. Book Club Member Profile: Mary Jo Smith, Between the Sheets Book Club


  1. Where did you grow up and where have you lived as an adult?

I grew up in a small town in southwestern Michigan.  As an adult, I have lived in Kalamazoo, MI, Saugatuck-Douglas, MI, and Lakewood Ranch, FL.


  1. When did you move to Woodside?

We moved to Woodside in April 2018.


  1. What are your hobbies?

Reading and playing tennis are my primary hobbies.  Currently, I am attempting to add golf to the list.


  1. Approximately when did you join the Between the Sheets Book Club?

I joined the Between the Sheets Book Club in Fall 2019.


  1. What is your favorite book read in book club and why?

My favorite book that we have read is Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated”.  Having taught at the middle school, high school, and college level for 30 years, I was especially drawn to the main character’s account of her educational journey and her quest to transform her life through education.  Although she lacked a formal education, she possessed the self discipline and motivation to pass the General Education Development tests to demonstrate a high school academic knowledge, and eventually, she received a PhD from Cambridge University in Great Britain.