But, I did have one qualification in my favor: I live within the four block radius that new members could come from. Ten years later, I’ve trusted these dozen or so women to guide my reading, share their stories, treat me to sumptuous home-baked delicacies and invite me to an annual outdoor evening of Shakespeare.
Where do we get our reads? Members bring suggestions, we talk to our local independent book store and some of us [usually not me] are kind enough to read the book before sharing the title. Maybe that’s why most of the reads are worthwhile. It also helps to have a dedicated leader who organizes and communicates our reads and activities. Enjoy and remember to add your suggestions to this list.
My Book Group’s Current Reading List
2006 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction; realistic account of Sherman’s march
novel/journal about German-occupied France in 1940s, written by a women who would die in Auschwitz in 1942, discovered in late 1990s
Head trauma car accident in Nebraska at time of the sandhill crane migration
Queen of England for 9 days
14th century England love story
Written by the author of Blindness
Written in 1913: woman, Swedish immigrant, inherits family farm in Nebraska
2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, post-apocalypse
“a circus picaresque that barnstorms its way through the 1950s American South” – Publishers Weekly
We got the idea to read book recommended by writers we like; these two from Ann Patchett made the list.
1920's Illinois farm, short 135 pages
1933 - man writing advice column
Books I Often Recommend
What Books Do You Recommend?
What books are on your “must-read” list?