Our club began: about 13 years ago when a few members of our original group, led by Allen Schwartz (teacher and former fine arts commissioner in Skokie), decided to continue reading and discussing books after he died. We resolved to establish a group without a leader and to hold meetings at each other's homes. We extended invitations to all of the members who were in Allen Schwartz's original club and a few other book lovers.
We have: between 15 and 17 members at every meeting. Our discussion runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, and we serve light snacks.
The most interesting discussion we had: was on "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean. The book combined the siege of Leningrad, art history of the paintings in the State Hermitage Museum, Alzheimer's disease and the power of memory.
Four books we loved: "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides, "What Is the What" by David Dave Eggers, "Dante Club" by Mathew Matthew Pearl and "Half a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Our next book: "Winter's Bone" by Daniel Woodrell. We have read books about Africa, Asia and Europe, so we wanted to read about our country and about the Ozarks.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times