We all live in a unique neighborhood called Old Norwood Park on the city's far Northwest Side. All 11 members live within walking distance of one another. We have been meeting at each other's homes almost every month for five years.
Our meetings begin with about 30 minutes of catching up on the latest neighborhood news. This allows time for the occasional latecomer to arrive before we start talking about the book. The book discussion lasts about an hour.
Book selections are made in advance by the person hosting the meeting.
We loved "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner. His descriptions of friendships and family resonated with many of our own experiences.
Four books we enjoyed: "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See, "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon.
We didn't like "The Adventures of Augie March" by Saul Bellow. We found ourselves lost in the verbiage and unable to bond with the characters.
Our next book will be "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake.
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Old Norwood Park book club (HANDOUT / December 7, 2011)