Book Friends

Book Friends (July 27, 2011)

One thing to know about our book club

We are the Book Friends. We've been reading and discussing books for 16 years. We have 12 members and have read 160 books.

Our meetings

We meet at each other's homes once a month. There is no penalty for not reading the book, except for stern looks from the other participants.

We loved

Several members preferred "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks because it's based on a true story and contains a lot of history. It follows a search for the Hebrew Codex, a manuscript created hundreds of years ago. In the novel, Hanna Heath, a rare book expert from Australia, attempts to verify its authenticity. She's a complex character and her interest in the subject matter is amazing. Overall, the book is well written.

We also enjoyed

"Follow the River" by James Alexander Thom, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon, "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett and "No Ordinary Time" by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Two authors who have participated in our discussions

John Servatius, author of "Unspeakable," and Mohja Kahf, author of "The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf."

Up next

"The Dove Keepers" by Alice Hoffman, "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson and "Madam Secretary" by Madeleine Albright.

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