I invited her to book club, and boy do I regret it

DEAR READERS: Every year I step away from my daily column to work on other creative projects. I’ve gathered some topical “Best Of” columns from 10 years ago. (Some content has been lightly edited.) I’ll be back in two weeks with fresh columns.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune) 

DEAR AMY: I have been in a book group of about 10 members for eight years. About a year ago, I invited a neighbor — let’s call her “Fanny Dashwood” — to join the group without knowing her well.

This was a mistake; she is abrasive, pushy and rude.

Whenever my two close friends (other members of the group) and I do something together, Fanny confronts us, drilling us about why she was not invited. When we have larger gatherings that are book group-based, we do invite her.

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