Chicagoland book club

One thing to know about our book club: We have been meeting once a month since 1995 at Woodson Regional Library and have never cancelled a meeting. We mostly read contemporary, popular works, but we've been known to read older works that were recommended to us. We pick our books by drawing the names of authors or book titles from a hat. We sometimes will choose two books to discuss in a month. To cut back on cost, we utilize the hold system of the Chicago Public Library and have received much cooperation from the librarians at Woodson in securing the works to be discussed. The librarians will often monitor our book discussions.

Worst excuse for not reading a book: Some members have used the excuse that they just couldn't get into the book. Even if someone hasn't read the work, they can participate and critique the ideas that are discussed.

Authors we'd most like to meet: David Baldacci, James Patterson, Omar Tyree and Walter Mosley would be terrific to meet. We would love to have Kimberla Lawson Roby, Toni Morrison, Mary Monroe and Mary B. Morrison at our discussion group.

Average time we spend talking about the book: Usually we talk about the book for at least half of the time we meet. Discussions of the work often lead to issues of the day.

Books we've really enjoyed: "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow, "Ashes to Ashes" by Tami Hoag, "A Mercy" by Toni Morrison, "Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel" by Walter Mosley, and "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck.

Our next book: "Echoes of a Distant Summer" by Guy Johnson and "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

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