The Bryan Street Book Club
The club was started in 1977 by stay-at-home moms living in Elmhurst who wanted to have an evening of adult dialogue.
Sometimes refreshments are themed with the book, i.e. margaritas were served with “A Pirate Looks at Fifty” by Jimmy Buffett.
Worst excuse for not reading an assigned book: The book wasn’t available on audio.
Five books we loved: “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova, “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “Open” by Andre Agassi and “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen.
In “Still Alice,” we liked the strong female character and her valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
We didn’t like “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tia Obreht. The author was ambiguous about places and events in order to make the war theme “universal” instead of writing historical fiction.
Up next: “The Seamstress” by Frances de Pontes Peebles, “The Orchid House” by Lucinda Riley.
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