I joined a book club a while ago. Good books, good conversation, good company, although it turns out the woman who was running the club has a few issues to work out.
At some point, a few of the women decided to get together and hang out outside of the monthly book discussion meeting. The originator got terribly offended and has been sending out paranoid, angry, unhappy emails to everyone all week long, telling us how we are all evil terrible people who feel we are entitled. And that we are mostly (so-called liberal) whites compounds our crimes against she and the world. So much drama. Very strange.
Some of the women flared up in response, some stayed out of it altogether, and some responded very calmly and rationally. My first instinct was to get drawn into all the drama and address some of the angry emails, but for the most part I've just been sitting it out here on the sideline.
It seems the drama is nearly over now. Some of the women are still going to get together this Friday, while others of a more dramatic inclination have washed their hands of us all after having screamed their peace over multiple email threads. Since the group has been self-selecting and a number of people are stepping out, I think it will be interesting to see how the dynamics level out going forward.