Our club meets quarterly on Thursdays, and our selections are available to be checked out from the Glencoe Library. Both genders are welcome.
One book we loved: "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. Faced with enormous odds of merely survival, the book's protagonist not only survives but becomes wealthy, lives by the highest morals and wreaks havoc on the people who mistreated him. All men can relate to these ideas.
We didn't like "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. This book was not just horrible but it was an anathema to mankind's existence. It was unrealistic, uninteresting and nothing a guy could relate to.
We would like to meet Scott Turow and David Liss. We would ask Liss if he used any specific person as a model for his pugilist character.
All our conversations eventually funnel into the following themes: Vietnam War was stupidity, marriage is a strange phenomenon requiring much patience from both spouses, and giving money to children under the age of 50 is a bad thing.
What's with Elvis? The key to a good book club is to be a good listener. Elvis is our role model. True, it's easier to be a good listener when one is cardboard.
Our next book: "Casino Royale: A James Bond Novel" by Ian Fleming.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times