I've been a part of online book clubs since 1999. But I've always wanted to belong to a real book club and finally, in July of 2011, I joined one. It meets the third Tuesday of every month at the public library. We have wonderful, thoughtful readers in our book club and together we have read and talked about some wonderful, thoughtful books. Here are a few of my favorites:
This was our first book club pick. We set the bar high by Skyping the author and bringing batches of friendship bread to share with others. It wasn't a great read, but it was a fun discussion.
Remembering Ben Clayton
This book is set in Texas, and that always provokes lots of wonderful discussion for us here in Texas. I later went with another member of our group to hear the author speak in Houston, and that added to the charm of the book for me.
The author of this book is a doctor, and he writes of dilemmas doctors face when they confront mortality in their patients.
The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II
This true story was an eyeopener for all of us in the group.
Call the Midwife
Another true book, Call the Midwife is a memoir of a midwife in a poor area of London just after World War II.
We loved John Ames and the thoughts and reminiscences and moral advice of Ames he set down in the book for his young son.
We really changed gears when we read this old science fiction novel, Earth Abides. This post-apocalyptic book brought out great discussion.
To Kill a Mockingbird
We had all read this before, but this time everyone seemed to read carefully and to take good notes.
The Grapes of Wrath
You just can't go wrong with classics, I think.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Whew. We got a taste of deep poverty in India.
I'd love to hear what other books you would recommend for our group.
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