Our group is made up of men and women in their 50s to 80s who live in the Village Green Condominiums of Lincolnshire. Our monthly meetings last about 90 minutes, and six to 13 members attend.
Our readers include business people, homemakers and retirees — former banker, accountant, lawyer, teacher, printer.
Unlike most book clubs that have a summer hiatus, our hiatus is from November through April to accommodate our many "snowbirds."
We focus on books dealing with different cultures, though we try everything. The librarians at the Vernon Area Public Library District help guide our choices. We participate in their Book Club in a Bag program, which includes copies of the book, critics' reviews and information on the author.
Our August book, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford, immediately became one of our favorites. The book triggered a spirited discussion about prejudice's many manifestations. We compared the German concentration camps with the Japanese internment camps in America during WWII and debated whether such injustice could happen here again.
We have particularly enjoyed "Thousand Pieces of Gold" by Ruthanne Lum McCunn, "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen, "Broken for You" by Stephanie Kallos, "A Trumpet in the Wadi" by Sami Michael and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini.
Most of us really didn't like "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. Before reading it, we expected it to be about the New England town of that name. Surprise! Most of us felt it was too far out.
Our September book is "Away" by Amy Bloom.
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