One of the the things that I do for myself (and my mental health) is stick with my Book Club. This particular Book Club started with a couple of very young Moms in my old neighborhood in 1995. Over the years, some of us have moved, others have quit, new faces have joined and last year we declared it a dual neighborhood book club. The membership is now made up about equally of members from my old and new neighborhoods. I think we have survived the test of time and gotten past the cliche that book clubs became for women in the late 90s (when everyone HAD to be in one and reading the book was optional).
We are always on the look out for new books. We just finished reading The Reserve by Russell Banks (not my favorite). That book is our topic of discussion for tonight. Since many of us travel during the summer, our June meeting is usually a dinner out at a restaurant, with no specific assigned reading. We select a 'weightier' book for the summer and resume meeting again in September.
I would love to hear your suggestions. We generally do fiction, with an occasional biography thrown in. We have done classics in the past and also did a year of books in an International theme (that was a great one). We meet once a month, so the length of the book has to be able to be read by an average reader in a reasonable amount of time.
If you can recommend some books that you have read, or even better, that your Book Club enjoyed, I would love to share them with my group.
Thanks, and good reading!
May 28, 2009
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