John Dendy of Durham describes the members of the Food for Thought Book Group as “mostly retired but hardly retiring.” He adds that they call themselves a book group because “ ‘Club’ just seemed too clubby.”
Tell us about your club. We have seven members, diverse in our backgrounds, religions and political leanings. We are generally liberal/moderate on social matters and conservative on the economy side. Our members include a medical doctor, professors and engineers. We don’t read fiction. We meet about every two months, at someone’s home. The host provides nice snacks and drinks. We often go out to dinner afterward.
What are you reading now? We just finished “Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water” by Marc Reisner
What is your club’s favorite book? “A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World” by William J. Bernstein
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What’s unique about your club? We’ve been doing this for eight years and no harsh word or tone of voice has ever been heard. We often disagree but do so without being disagreeable. One member drives all the way from Charlotte for our meetings.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Penguin Books, 608 pages