2:11 PM EST, March 8, 2013
One thing to know about our book club
We are the Smith Village Ladies Book Club. Smith Village is a continuing-care retirement community in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood.
In a retirement community, our conversations about the books are never confined to just our meeting. We are able to casually chat before the book club meeting, and sometimes the conversation goes on long after the meeting has taken place.
The most interesting discussion we had was
On "Prague Winter" by Madeleine Albright. Part of what made it so interesting was the insight that our moderator, Karen Jellema, brought to the discussion. Karen is of Czech descent and brought an interesting perspective to the dialogue.
Author we'd most like to meet and why
Our club members would love to meet Madeleine Albright. She is our contemporary and would bring new, firsthand insight into some historical matters that we watched from the sidelines.
"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel, "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier, "The Professor and the Madman" by Simon Winchester, "Homer & Langley" by E.L. Doctorow, and "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See. "Homer & Langley" was our overall favorite because of the colorful characters as well as the fact that it was based on a true story.
We didn't love
"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author was too self-absorbed.
"A Taste for Death" by P.D. James. The group loves a good mystery every once in awhile.
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