One thing to know about your book club: The Bold and Brassy Book Group was organized by Nancy Lischer in 1998. Nancy started by asking women friends from various circles of her life to join, and over the years we have added and subtracted a few women, but have always had seven to 10 members from the city and suburbs. We meet the second Monday of every other month, rotating homes and rotating the person in charge of nominating at least three books, one of which will be selected for the next reading. We've read 77 books.
Authors we'd most like to meet: Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Willa Cather, the anonymous author who wrote “A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City — A Diary” and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Average time we actually spend talking about a book before conversation swerves into politics and family issues: We talk about the book and listen to each other. We have appetizers and socialize for a while and then select the book for two months ahead. Then we discuss the book for that night during dinner, so we usually talk about the book for about 11/2 hours.
Books that inspired the best discussion: There have been lively controversies. In fact, some of our best discussions have been when we don't like the book. One book that produced good discussion was “The Dive From Clausen's Pier: A Novel” by Ann Packer, because there were such strong likes and dislikes of the characters.
What books are next to read: “City of Thieves: A Novel” by David Benioff and “The Turtle Catcher” by Nicole Helget.
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