Our club has been meeting 10 times a year for more than 20 years. We work with our local library in Libertyville to procure our books and that month's host leads our discussion.
We have been spending more time on the book discussion recently because we've been choosing more substantive books.
We would like to meet Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of "Infidel." We enjoyed reading about her incredible journey from a devout Muslim childhood in Somalia to becoming a Dutch Parliament member and political activist. We would ask where she got her inspiration to stand up for what she thinks is right.
One book we didn't enjoy was "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje. The majority of us felt it was too difficult to engage with because it was so disjointed and opaque. Also, the characters were neither relatable nor interesting.
Four books we loved: "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese, "The Rich Part of Life" by Jim Kokoris, "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson, and "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean.
Our next book: "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian
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