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Fall Picks for the Riverwoods Book Club

September/October 2012

By June Melber


The next meeting of the Riverwoods Book Club will be Friday, September 14, at 10am at the Village Hall. We will be discussing Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer.

Our picks for fall and winter:

  • October: Suite Francaise by Irene Nimirovsky
  • November: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • December: Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • January: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

Meetings are free and open to all residents and non-residents of Riverwoods. Refreshments are provided. All of our listed book picks are available in paperback, and most can be purchased very reasonably from betterworldbooks.com. Hope to see you in September.

The Most Frequently Unasked Questions
About the Riverwoods Book Club

Do you have to be a Riverwoods resident to attend the book club meetings?

No, there are no residency requirements, the book club is free and open to all. The meetings last about one and a half hours, we always have refreshments, and we always meet at the Village Hall.

When does the book club meet?

We always meet on a Friday at 10am. The date for next month's meeting is decided upon by the members at the end of each month's discussion. We try to make it convenient for everyone who wants to attend. If another day and time would be more convenient, we could change the day and time to suit. The date and selection for each meeting can be obtained by calling the Village Hall, it's always on their calendar. Or you can call or email June Melber, the discussion facilitator her number and email are on the front of the Village Voice.

How are books selected?

Anyone in the group is free to suggest a book; when that doesn't happen, the discussion leader picks the book. We do ask that the books be available in paperback, as not everyone belongs to a library or has an E-reader.

When's the next meeting, and what's the selection?

The next meeting is Friday, May 18 at 10am. We will be discussing Amy Stewart's The Earth Moved. This is an environmentally focused book about earthworms. Don't roll your eyes; it's really interesting. Did you know that there are no native earthworm species in the Midwest, and that earthworms are actually a big problem in woodland environments? And you thought all we had to worry about was buckthorn, garlic mustard, and deer!

Our June selection will be The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht, on a date to be determined. We will then be on summer break until September. Join us!


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