One thing to know about our book club: We are all residents of the Carillon Club of Naperville, a development for people 55 years and older. We meet monthly. Each month's featured book is chosen from a list of books suggested by the group members.
We begin each meeting with a 10-question quiz on facts from the book. Top scorers get to select prizes (usually candy bars or books) at the end of the meeting. Discussions are led by the same person each month. Our book club has 16 members, of whom two are men.
Authors we'd most like to meet: Our first choice is Anne Tyler, author of “Back When We Were Grownups,” which was our featured book in January. We would also like to meet Erik Larson, author of “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.” We were so taken by this book that several of us took the Devil in the White City companion bus tour, arranged by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, where we visited the site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
Worst excuse anyone has given for not reading an assigned book: No excuses are required. People are always welcome to hear our discussion, even if they haven't read the book. They can come for the camaraderie, wine and snacks.
Average time we spend talking about the book: Our 10-question quiz usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. This is a great ice breaker and gets us into the discussion of the book, which usually lasts about 45 minutes. After that we talk about other books we are reading, or may want to read as a group. We then select the book we want to read for next month's meeting.
Next book: “One True Thing” by Anna Quindlen. Following that will be “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel” by Jamie Ford and “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.
Five books we loved: “Water for Elephants: A Novel” by Sara Gruen, “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Larson, “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeannette Walls, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and “The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel” by Meg Waite Clayton.
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