The Happy Bookers of New Canaan, Connecticut, have been meeting in members’ homes since 1998. The original nucleus expanded as word spread, and we are now a group of fifteen. We meet once a month except at Christmas when we have a social lunch. The group shrinks in the winter when some head south.
Individual members take turns selecting and presenting a book. The presenter usually includes a short biography of the author, some interesting critical reviews, and Readers Guide questions.
We read mostly current fiction, with occasional forays into the classics and non-fiction. Participation is usually lively and amicable with occasional criticism of someone who has not finished the book! Everyone has an opportunity to give their opinion about what they liked or didn’t like and whether the author succeeded with regards to his/her intent and execution.
Some of our best discussions were:
- The Man Booker Prize long list. Each member gave a five minute talk about one of the books.
- Geraldine Brooks, our favorite author and we think one of the best living American woman writers. Her characters and settings are amazing.
- Other favorite books: The Map of Love by Adhaf Soueif, Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and David McCullough’s biography of John Adams.
And we all agree that one of the best things about a book group is we read things we would not otherwise read.