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The second club I belong to is women only, and we meet at each other's homes and serve food and wine. These meetings last longer, but we don't seem to discuss the books the whole time. *chuckle* We all have daughters in the 13-14 year old range, and once every few months we include them in the discussion. Last month was a mother-daughter read, and the girls had picked out For Freedom: the Story of a French Spy. I don't know what next month's pick is yet.
It may seem odd, but the books we all dislike the most often generate the most interesting discussions! Many of us enjoyed the historical aspect of Murdered by his Wife but we all thought it was poorly written. But we had one of our best meetings ever discussing it. Go figure. We had a pretty decent time discussing The Kite Runner, A Walk in the Woods, Their Eyes Were Watching God, East of Eden and Reading Lolita in Tehran.
I joined a new group back in the spring, and we meet once a month. It's made up entirely of women and since we are all fairly new to the city (at most living here two years), we decided to meet at a different restaurant each time so we can explore different parts of Charlotte as well as having a midweek 'girls night out'. We're still recruiting new members, have had a couple drop out, and are pretty informal when it comes to the book discussion.
We're on a rotation with the book selection - each month, a different member chooses the book for that month. So far, we've read The Photograph, Women of the Silk, Atonement and Almost French. This month's book is The Myth of You and Me.
In case anyone's interested, here's a post I made on my blog about several book club guide books: http://www.alifeinbooks.com/?p=15
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We got into a pattern of reading about "women in other cultures" Women of the Silk, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Daughter of Fortune, etc.
Our next read is Digging to America by Anne Tyler. We have some good discussions but have yet to move out of the library into a social situation.
What have the rest of you experienced in this area?
Do the rest of you have leaders for each session or is the talk more informal?
About six months ago, we decided to compile a list of 100 essential books (classics old and modern), and we're going through those every other meeting. There are three extra members who only attend those meetings. It should take about 7 or 8 years, but we figured we've meeting that long already, so we can stick together to complete the task!
This month is our "regular" group, and we're reading Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth. Next month is our "essential books" group, and we're reading Brave New World.
Kudos to you for reigning in your book buying demons (or angels, as the case may be.) I have yet to do so. :o)
How did your group like Fortress of Solitude? I read it pretty recently and I really liked it.
I have a "Book Club" tag in my library for anyone interested in checking out the list and the ratings.
My favorite meetings are the ones in which two or more of us disagree about something in the book and get into heated discussions/debates. Somehow the chemistry of the group has been such that freedom of speech is paramount, and no hard feelings are brought to the dessert table when book talk is finished.
Oh.....an interesting feature of our group is that whoever hosts the meeting must open with a poem, and over the years the pattern has developed that we try to make a connection between the poem and the book, by era, theme, or any connection the host perceives.
Our book for this month is The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman.
THen the other night I watched the movie version. Watching the movie i realized something that i had missed before. Its the seen in the movie where he learns that his father "slept with the help" so to speak. The adult son gets angry upon learning this he says his father lied to him. It is after this point in the film that he finally gets a backbone. The point that I got from this was that as long as he saw his father as a "god" or perfect he was doomed to remain a boy but once he came to realize that his father was just a flawed human being like the rest of us he could then take on the responsiblities of being a man.
does anyone else have a thought on this?
1. Pick something bound to get everyone talking - We Need To Talk About Kevin had us going for a lot longer than our hour and a half time slot. Carol Sheilds Unless divided us into loved or hated but gave us a good but unexpected debate on whether her illness had affected her writing negatively. A Perfect Storm made most of us cry but for different reasons.
2. All get a different book by the same author and talk about the one we got. It was a bit odd because it was like giving a five minute summary and then a five minute session answering questions from the group. It used to start a lot of "I wish I had your book instead of mine" or "Yours sounded awful, I'm glad I got mine" conversations.
3. All get books by different authors but on the same topic and talk about the differences and similarities, which authors seemed to handle the topic better etc. Sometimes this could be a mix of fact and fiction, for example take a historical person and have some of the group read a biography and the others a historical novel.
4. The meeting leader used to print off research about the chosen book or author for us to talk about as well.
5. We used to do a lucky dip, all bring in a book in a carrier bag, mix up the bags and take a blind pick to read and talk about the following month. Sometimes we used to try to guess who brought which book at the end of the meeting and why we thought so.
6. We would read poetry or plays, fact or fiction.
7. Every so often we would do a quiz from past books and chip in a pound each to pay for a small prize (usually a book token). Say every six months we would have a quiz on the past six books read.
8. Sometimes we would get an audio book and discuss how this changed the book for us. Or we would get a DVD of the film version to watch after we read the book and talk about how this affected us and what we thought of the story.