We are group of moms from Glen Ellyn who started meeting in March 2005.
We meet about every six weeks. The host chooses the book. A host and co-host make dinner and sometimes decorate to go with the theme of the book we're discussing. We dressed up in Halloween costumes for our meeting about "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt. We keep a journal of our meetings with notes about the decor, the menu and things that made the night special.
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Sometimes we go on field trips that relate to a book we are reading. We sailed on one member's sailboat to look at the Chicago skyline and talk about "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. We took a Frank Lloyd Wright tour in Oak Park after we read "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan.
"My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult, "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot and "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay.
"Water for Elephants," by Sara Gruen, because of the history and details the author put into the book, which we thought brought the circus atmosphere and the Great Depression to life. We all loved the 90-year-old Jacob as the narrator. At that meeting, we had a row of 2-foot circus elephants greet us and a circus tent of crepe paper set up in the dining room.
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