Chicagoland book club

One thing to know about our book club: Our west suburban group is more than a book club; in the past three years we have taken advantage of the literary offerings found throughout the area by meeting authors and attending lectures and live performances, book fairs and the Chicago Humanities Festival, holding meetings in wine bars and sampling foods after reading about them in a book club selection.

Authors we most enjoyed meeting: Rosemary Mahoney (“Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff”); Neil Shubin (“Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body”); and Greg Mortenson (“Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time”).

Worst excuse anyone's given for not reading an assigned book: “Too many other books to read first!”
Average time we actually spend talking about a book before conversation swerves off into politics and family issues: Thirty minutes or so

What book is next: “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present” by Gail Collins

Five books we loved: “Down the Nile”; “Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point” by Elizabeth Samet; “Three Cups of Tea”; “The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story” by Diane Ackerman and “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” by Nora Ephron

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