A Brief History of Book Club

My book club has met each month for over three years. Though it started in February of 2010, I only became a member after moving to the District of Columbia in 2011. Since then, we’ve read: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor After Rain by William Trevor Sons and Other Flammable Objects by Porochista Khakpour 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by Alice Munro All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar Waiting by Ha Jin A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C. by Harry S. Jaffe and Tom Sherwood The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes The Fault in Our Stars by John Green What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander Blue Nights by Joan Didion Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Tenth of December by George Saunders The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes The Manhattan Transfer by John dos Passos The Round House by Louise Erdrich The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri These books account for the vast majority of my reading, given my other projects and ways I choose to spend my free time. As a group, we tend to pick a lot of contemporary, literary fiction novels, though I’ve advocated successfully for short story collections, older classics, and non-fiction. Judging by the lukewarm response to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I’m not sure everyone appreciates those deviations.Book Club I’ve thoroughly enjoyed gathering to share perspectives on what we read. Though the group is mostly female and, aside from me, all current or former teachers, opinions and insights are varied and the discussions are intellectually stimulating. Moreover, the book club has introduced me to fabulous authors like David Mitchell and George Saunders. Our meetings remain among the most anticipated items on my calendar.

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