The Happy Bookers Book Club

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:

  1. The Man Booker Prize long list. Each member gave a five minute talk about one of the books.
  1. Geraldine Brooks, our favorite author and we think one of the best living American woman writers. Her characters and settings are amazing.
  1. 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.

Unsaid Book Club

We are a group of women who have been reading together over nine
years. We met when we all worked in the same school, as teachers,
aids, assistants, etc. Since the school closed we have taken many
directions in our professional paths but still gather once a month to share a love of books. We use several methods to choose books and have read many long before they were “recommended” by book clubs, stores or others.

BOOKS WE’D RECOMMEND FROM RECENT SELECTIONS
Some of our favorite books include Unsaid by Neil Abramson, The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. After nine years together we have read some really great books.

BEST BOOKS FOR DISCUSSION
Unsaid by far was one of our favorites since author Neil Abramson joined us via phone. It is a love story that love cannot define. It is love between man and woman, best friends and people with their “non-human” companions. It is a smart story about life and death and doing what is right. This book touched us all differently and yet, it is one of few that has touched us all. It has life lessons that I remember on a daily basis. I don’t know what to say aside from I loved this book!

U.S. G.I.R.L.S. Book Club

U.S. G.I.R.L.S. (“Unique, Sophisticated, Girlfriends Inspirational Reading and Literary Society”) Book Club was founded in October, 2004. We’re a “sisterhood” of bibliophiles who share the love of reading. We read and discuss one book bi-monthly in person; sponsor book club luncheons; hold phone-chats with authors; celebrate members birthdays; support community charity, scholarship, and cultural events. Members take turns hosting book club discussion meetings. Each member is  asked to volunteer and host the book club meeting at their home, or a location of their choosing. The host for the discussion book of the month supplies the name of the book and the meeting location to members at least one month prior to the meeting. At least one week prior to the book discussion, the hostess supplies discussion questions to each of the members.

BOOKS WE’D RECOMMEND FROM RECENT SELECTIONS

Gathering Of Waters  by Bernice L. McFadden
The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips
Color Me Butterfly by L.Y. Marlow
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Mama Ruby by Mary Monroe
The Loom by Shella Gillus
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

BEST BOOKS FOR DISCUSSION 

U.S. G.I.R.L.S. recently met to discuss Bernice L. McFadden’s Gathering Of The Waters. This book is only 200 pages, however it is a literary work that generated discussions on many subjects ranging from young love lost and the supernatural, to Racism and the Civil Rights Movement.  U.S. G.I.R.L.S. was intrigued by the scope of information and characters within these 200 pages, and it took us two (2) hours to dissect and discuss Ms. McFadden’s work. Although Gathering Of The Waters is a work of fiction, the “twist” is the interjection of some factual historical data.

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