Chicagoland book club: the Bookbags

One thing about our club:

We all work for or are retired from local school districts in LaSalle County and in keeping with that theme we call ourselves the Bookbags. Our 8-year-old club meets once a week at local restaurants and usually has 10 or 12 members present.


Authors we'd most like to meet:

Janet Evanovich, Amy Dickinson, Elizabeth Strout, Jon Krakauer, Jeannette Walls.


Worst excuse for not reading a book:

The dog of one of our members “ate her homework” by taking a liking to the glue on the spine of the book she had left on the cocktail table.

Average time spent actually talking about a book:

We spend 25 to 40 minutes in discussion and then 15 minutes talking about other books members have read and selecting the following month's book.


The next book we're reading:

“Shanghai Girls: A Novel” by Lisa See.

Some books we loved:

“The Time Traveler's Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger; “Loving Frank: A Novel” by Nancy Horan; “Water for Elephants: A Novel” by Sara Gruen; “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel” by Lisa See; “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeannette Walls.

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