Our 15-year-old Western Springs/La Grange book club is modeled on one member's mother's downstate 100-year-old book club. At each monthly meeting, two members present a 20-minute review of a book of their choice.
Twice a year we discuss a book we've all read so we can get our "fix" of the discussion format.
A book we liked: "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle. We found it humorous, layered, insightful and full of social issues to discuss.
We didn't like "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen. Some members really liked it, while others found it pretentious and too long.
We'd like to meet any of the Mitford sisters since they obviously led such unusual and vivid lives, both at home and socially. We think they would have lots of good stories to share!
Books we've loved: "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch; "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham; "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver; "The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family" by Mary S. Lovell.
Our September meeting will be a discussion of our August read, "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters, a psychological suspense tale set in post-WWII Britain. At that meeting, we'll also have members tell the group about any good books they've read over the summer.
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