Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Book Club

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Book Club

In January: We celebrated our 11th anniversary.

We have discussed: Nearly 80 books.

Our group: Ranges in age from 40s to 80s and includes women and men with a wide mix of careers.

We don't: Get off target too often. When we do, it is usually because we find the book relevant to some past or current events that fascinate us.

Books we loved: "Reading Lolita in Tehran," by Azar Nafisi; "Team of Rivals," by Doris Kearns Goodwin; "The Devil in the White City," by Erik Larson; "The Secret Life of Bees," by Sue Monk Kidd; and our favorite, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

Worst excuse for not reading a book: We don't ask.

Authors we have met: Padraig O Maille, an Irish priest whose book, "Living Dangerously: A Memoir of Political Change in Malawi," gave us insight into how difficult social change can be; and Elvera Fischer, author of "Sentimental Journey" and a member of our parish, who shared wonderful stories of Chicago's past with us.

Next up: "Neverwhere," by Neil Gaiman.

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