I never got to say what I thought.


Book discussions can be frustrating.  I quit going to the Faculty Wives Book Club about four decades ago, even before they realized the name was sexist.  Whether there is a Faculty Spouse Book Club, I doubt.  In the first place, the invitation would have to go to 1000 or more people, and even 30 eager-to-talk readers was way too many for meaningful conversation.  It got kind of noisy.  I was new in town, a little shy, so I never got to say what I thought.

My daughter discusses books with a “club” of a dozen or so women who are challenged only by the limited time they have for reading and meeting with friends.  They are power women including a climate change expert, housing planner, business owners, developer, political maven, and creator of innovative social services.  They take turns hosting; the hostess chooses the book (recently The Help and Let the Great World Spin) and cooks a dinner with a related theme.  Significantly, they are a solid support group 24/7 and always show up at the others’ important community events.

Another interesting model is one organized around a “need to know” topic.  A friend in Minneapolis meets with a dozen or so women who all are interested in understanding more about other religions, and hence their book choices illuminate both history and contemporary issues.

What’s your book club about?  Or what would you like it to be about?  Please share your ideas.

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