The Book Club
We may look blurry in this snapshot, but believe me, there was nothing ‘fuzzy’ about our Book Club’s discussion of reading material last evening.
Although our club will not be meeting during the summer, we will certainly be reading.
Yesterday evening we selected six books to read next season in our Book Club (the name of our book club is Book Club – ingenious, huh?).
It is so fun and stimulating to read and discuss books with other interested readers. I’m not in the same intellectual class with these ladies (who have degrees I can’t even name), but when discussing books, the love of reading and talking about what one is reading is infectious and ‘intellectual class’ is of no importance.
The discourse at reading groups does not often have much in common with the language of scholarship. Prof Currie and a fellow English literature don were once barred from a book club lest they ruin the fun with talk of structuralism and the like.
The books we chose are (in no particular order of preference):
- A Twist at the End by Steven Saylor
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
- The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
- The World Without Us by Alan Weisman.
We have some interesting reading ahead of us. And then – some interesting discussions.
Viva Book Clubs!
Most of the ladies (all women) in this book club have been members for more than twenty years. I’m a relative newcomer (think I began attending about three years ago).
There are book clubs devoted to poetry, mysteries, non-fiction, etc. This Book Club reads and discusses anything and everything (my kind of reading!).
Book clubs have been around for generations, although it may seem as if they just burst onto the scene, courtesy of Oprah. Various types of book clubs exist: some focus on fiction only; some focus specifically on memoir/biography; some focus on classics; some focus on political action; some are part of community read or One Book programs.
There are even books about book clubs! Mary Alice Monroe wrote The Book Club. I recall seeing a book on the newsstands a few years ago with a title something like “I won’t join a book club.”
There is the Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick; The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicky Levy Krupp; The Reader’s Choice: Two Hundred Book Club Favorites by Victoria Golden Mcmains . . . the list goes on . . .
All I can say is it is a great deal of fun to read books . . . to talk about books . . . to get book recommendations . . . and enjoy all of this with others.
Posted on June 26, 2009, in Books, Seguin, Texas and tagged A Twist at the End, book clubs, books, fiction, Finding Nouf, interesting books, non fiction, People of the Book, photographs, reading, Seguin, stimulating discussions, Texas, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The World Without Us, The Zookeeper's Wife. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.