“Books Read Better With Wine” Men’s Book Club is one of 20 book clubs within the Governors Club community of Chapel Hill, according to club member Lowell Hoffman.
Tell us about your club. Our club was formed in 2006, and membership is capped at 10. We meet six or seven Monday evenings during the year at members’ homes. While our consensus is to stick with nonfiction, our range of interests and selections is quite broad. In most cases, one or more of us will bring personal experience and knowledge of the topic, the geography, the characters of the book and, perhaps, acquaintance with the author. Several of the group are voracious readers. A running list of book recommendations provided by someone who has already read the book is maintained. We make our selections a couple meetings in advance to provide time for members to obtain or borrow the book and read at their own pace. Selections are by consensus as most of us are unafraid to move out of our personal comfort zone and tackle a book or topic that another has found interesting.
What are you reading now? “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown
What is your club’s favorite book? “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution” by Nathaniel Philbrick
What’s unique about your club? We began as a Civil War Book Club focusing on the generals, the battles and the issues of this seminal period in U.S. History. After a time, we decided that we had reached saturation and began to branch out. Biographies of presidents, Cuban missile crisis, other wars, exploration and the Supreme Court all entered into our view.
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