One thing to know about our book club
We are the Columbian Literary Society. In 1893, a group of women in Sycamore founded our club and named it in honor of the World's Columbian Exposition. The book club afforded educated women the opportunity to remain intellectually active and to take part in lifelong learning at a time when such women were expected to leave the working world once they married.
A book we loved
Our book club liked reading "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck. We enjoyed the universal themes, exotic locale and interesting characters.
Traditions we've kept — and lost
The club originally read books that followed an annual course of study. At the beginning of each year, the members would choose a new theme. Some of the club's past motifs included great operas, Shakespeare, the history of Russia, Greek rulers of Egypt and the short story. Members no longer wear hats and gloves at our meetings, but we still set a lovely tea table after each discussion.
Our recent titles
"The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant, "After Long Silence" by Helen Fremont, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini.
"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman.
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