Not Your Momma's Book Club

We meet every six to eight weeks. More than half of our meetings are at local bars; the rest are at the host member's house.

We are Chicago-based,

99 percent on the North Side.

We do not read Oprah books! We are very proud of how diverse we are in what we read. From John Steinbeck to Jack Kerouac to locals Rebecca Johns and Marcus Sakey, we are all over the place.

Worst excuse given for not reading a book: "I could not physically face that book" (said about "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck).

We loved "The Countess" by Rebecca Johns, "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout, "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.

We were surprised that we loved "The Hunger Games." We chose it after a book we did not like, as a light summer read, but we read it as the independent, adult women we are. The book was light, but as we discussed it at length we dove into the positive role model that Katniss is. We found the story engrossing and a lot richer than we had expected. We loved it because it surprised us and refreshed us.

The majority did not like "The Witches of Eastwick" by John Updike. We felt it was extremely anti-women. The story was rough, and the plot was almost too dark. Some of the members didn't even attempt to finish it, which doesn't usually happen. If there was a statement being made in this book, we didn't find it.

We'd like to meet Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle." We enjoyed the book, but when we did some digging on the author, we all realized that we do not think we'd like her as a person.

We'd be curious to see if we'd still feel the same if we met her and got to speak with her. The questions that some of us would ask her are: Why did you write this in the first place? What was the gain? Who in your family do you still talk to?

Up next: "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood. We are also planning to read "Ella Minnow Pea" by Mark Dunn.

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