The Geezer book club
The club began in 1997 when seven men, after 40 years of friendship, realized their conversations had fallen into a rut. Now, when everyone is vertical, ambulatory and in town, there are 11 of us with an average age of 80.
Our discussion takes place over lunch at the Ridgeview Grill in Wilmette. Our routine is to order lunch and then start the discussion, which lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
When we read the Quran we invited an imam from a local madrassa to join us, and the conversation went on for two hours.
We've read 117 books, one every six weeks for the past 13 years. Our list has included many Chicago-themed books such as Alex Kotlowitz's "Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago," Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and Nelson Algren's "Chicago: City on the Make," to name a few.
Some of the books we loved Daniel J. Boorstin's "The Discoverers," Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces" and Garry Wills' "Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America."
We did not like Richard John Neuhaus' "The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America." Neuhaus' sentences failed the clarity test.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun