Chicagoland book club
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This Downers Grove book club has met for over 19 years and read more than 135 books. (March 23, 2010)
Authors we would like to meet: Anne Tyler, Barbara Kingsolver, Nora Ephron, Alexander McCall Smith, Greg Mortenson, Jeannette Walls and Jane Austen.
Worst excuse anyone's given for not reading an assigned book: Occasionally, one individual will protest that the book has too many pages. One time a member of the group read a different book than we had chosen and didn't realize what she had done until halfway through our discussion.
Average time we spend talking about the book: Our discussions can easily go over an hour. We always begin with background information on the author. At one meeting, we were delighted when Tim Madigan, author of "I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers," answered questions e-mailed to him by a member of our group. We have gone on a couple field trips related to the book of the month. After reading "Mary" by Janis Cooke Newman, we toured the Batavia Depot Museum, where some of Mary Todd Lincoln's artifacts are kept. We also had our book discussion at the museum.
Some books we loved: "Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer" by Tracy Kidder, "Snow Falling On Cedars" by David Guterson, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khalad Hosseini, "Cold Sassy Tree" by Olive Ann Burns and "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See.
Next book: "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay