DOLCE VITA di LIBRO: MEET THE ESTEEMED MEMBER, GRANNY JENKINS (1897)
Back in the day, the very first DVdL Esteemed Member was Miss Elsa Jenkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In fact, during her lifetime, "Granny" -- as she was known to just about everyone -- was the only known Esteemed Member until 2013, which made clean-up after meetings relatively easy. Reading seven murder mystery/recipe books a day (all titles beginning with the letter "T"), the rebellious "Granny" never married (or ever fully undressed) but claimed the skeleton she kept in her library was that of a former lover. Those bones were actually of an African highland gorilla. Stomping her own grapes in a wash tub, "Granny" eventually died at 101 of alcohol poisoning, which is a familiar condition amongst current devout DVdL Esteemed Members. The local funeral director insisted "Granny's" internment be as she was at the time of death, due to customary embalming being "redundant". Her "lover" was buried with her, in accordance with local law.