King-Bruwaert Fourth Tuesday Book Club
Members have been meeting for more than 10 years in a cozy social room with a fireplace located at King-Bruwaert House, a continuing care retirement community in Burr Ridge.
Monthly meetings begin in September and continue through May. More than a dozen members get together to discuss a selected book.
During one month, members selected a play, "27 Wagons Full of Cotton," that was written by Tennessee Williams, then adapted to a screenplay, "Baby Doll," directed by Elia Kazan. Members took turns reading play passages. A representative from the Indian Prairie Public Library also was invited to lead a lively group discussion of the play.
Last year, our group viewed the movie "Rebecca," a 1940 psychological dramatic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and adapted from Daphne DuMaurier's 1938 novel of the same name. Our members loved the movie and thought the adaptation was very well done and followed the storyline completely. The casting was also excellent.
Typically, the book club selects a variety of books for review, among them a mystery, a classic and popular or historically significant titles. Books we have read include "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson, "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay and "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.
The club loved "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne because it conveyed a part of history that we were unfamiliar with. The writing style is historically accurate and written in a fast-paced, novel style. We found the book to be intellectually stimulating.
The club would like to meet local award-winning author Elizabeth Berg, whose books include "Durable Goods," "Joy School" and "True to Form."
Among the books not well received by the club were "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver, and "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen.
Next up: Upcoming titles include "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, "The Blessing Way" by Tony Hillerman and "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay.
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