The Montgomery Memorial Library discussed the All Iowa Reads book, "The Rope Walk" by Carrie Brown on March 3, 2009. Everyone who attended the book club for the most part enjoyed the book. One person really didn't care for the book because the author was too descriptive when the children were outside and the characters had boring personalities. Everyone else enjoyed the innocence of the children and the story kept their attention. They enjoyed the book from Alice's point of view. It also brought back childhood memories from most of the people in the group. They thought that the girl felt free-not spoiled, but Alice's brothers put her in her place. The group thought the friendship between Theo and Alice was very innocent and the two were very good for each other. They thought Theo was very knowledgeable and smart, but were disappointed in Theo's parents in by neglecting him. The group enjoyed Kenneth, but thought his sister Helen was very possessive and felt sorry for her. The group thought that Alice sort of treated other women as her servants and thought Elizabeth was a mother-figure for Alice. The group enjoyed Alice when she was taking her fake pictures. The most fruitful discussion was the discussion of Alice's innocence and how it related to the childhoods of the group. The discussion was successful because there were several topics in the book that people could relate to, such as race or terminal illness.