About once a month, members of the Michalski family discuss by phone our monthly book. Three generations of the family take part. Members call in from California to Texas to Chicago.
Biggest obstacle: Coordinating time zones to make sure that the California members don't call in two hours late.
The favorite book thus far is "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson. This was such a simple story that evoked personal reflections regarding prejudice in our daily lives.
Our least favorite book was "Amazing Gracie" by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff. Though a heartwarming book, it did not have much depth. A funny aside is that one member read "Saving Gracie" by Carol Bradley by mistake. Instead of getting a heartwarming story of dog love, he read a story about puppy mills. At least we all received a little education about puppy mills.
An unexpected outcome of our book club has been getting one of our members to read when she had never really read before.
Worst excuse for not reading the book was, "It was never made into a movie, so I couldn't just go to the theater."
Other books we've read: "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri, "Public Enemies" by Bryan Burrough, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee and "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen.
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