The Need to Read Book Club gets its name from “the fact that we all love to read and we would read books even if we did not belong to a book club,” says club member Philomena Karol. “The beauty of the book club is that we all read books we would not necessarily choose ourselves.”
Tell us about your club. Everyone takes a turn to be the president for a year, and we rotate each year. The president keeps track of the books we read and sends emails reminding members of the meeting and the book we will be reading for the upcoming meeting. We meet at 7 p.m., socialize for about 20 to 30 minutes while eating our snack, and then we begin the discussion. The meeting breaks up about 9 p.m., unless we get carried away with the discussion. Everyone is very open about their point of view, and the members are very respectful and accepting during the discussion.
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? “The Orphan Master’s Son,” by Adam Johnson
What’s unique about your club? All of us met each other through our children being in preschool, elementary or middle school together. Our children are grown and gone but we still have this unique connection. We are from varied parts of the country. One of our members said this about the club: “Of all the book clubs in which I’ve been a member, ours does the best job of digging into the books and pulling out lots of perspectives from group members.” We also have one member who was in it from the start, then moved away for several years, but we kept sending her the titles we were reading. She moved back to the area a few years later and joined right back into the club. If a member feels like she cannot come to the meetings that year, we do not drop her. We continue to keep her on the email list and let her back in if her situation changes. We are just a group of easygoing, hardworking, fun individuals!
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Daniel James Brown
Viking, 404 pages