March 2020 W.O.W. Book Club Member Profile: Marion Paterson, Chair, The Voracious Readers Book Club


  1. Where did you grow up and where have you lived in your adult life?

I grew up in New Jersey where I worked as an Application Engineer for Worthington Pump Corporation. My husband and I moved to San Diego, California in 1975 where I worked for Solar Turbines.


  1. When did you move to the Woodside Plantation?

In 2003, we moved into a rental property Cedar Creek after searching around the country for a great place to retire.  We purchased our home in the Woodside Plantation in early 2004.


  1. What are your hobbies?

Reading is my favorite hobby, particularly historical fiction, although I do read both fiction and non fiction.  I like having book club selections to read as it leads me to books I might otherwise not have read.


  1. Approximately when did you join the Voracious Readers Book Club?

The Voracious Readers Book Club began in 2012 with eight members including myself.  We quickly grew to 15 members, which we found to be too many for a good discussion.  As a result, we allowed attrition to reduce our membership to 11 members.  I have been the Chair of this book club for five years.  Currently we meet at The Reserve Club for lunch and book discussions.


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

My favorite book is the “The Girl Who Wrote in Silk” by Kelli Estes.  This book was a unanimous selection by The Voracious Readers Book Club as the favorite book from September 2018 – August 2019 discussions.  The book opened up an unfamiliar history to me regarding the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act which limited the immigration of Chinese into the United States.  This discriminatory law was in force until 1943.  Specifically, the book follows the stories of two women who live in Seattle and the San Juan Islands about 130 years apart.