Champaign-Urbana book club
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Ellen Harms and the Champaign-Urbana Book Club (December 1, 2010)
Authors we'd most like to meet: Orson Scott Card, Bill Bryson and Kate Atkinson
Worst excuse for not reading an assigned book: We're a pretty loose and forgiving group, so we don't worry about excuses. But at least twice a member has read the entirely wrong book, and one time no one realized it until we were an hour into the discussion!
Average time we spend talking about a book before conversation swerves off into politics and family issues: The monthly hostess is in charge of leading the discussion, and we usually spend about an hour and a half talking about the book. We once read "How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines" by Thomas C. Foster, which was fascinating, but we quickly backslid to our non-academic ways.
Some books we loved: "Blindness" by Jose Saramago, "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley, "Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett, "Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture" by Ross King and "The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family and Fate" by Marjorie Williams.
What books are next: "The Whistling Season" by Ivan Doig and "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson