Book Club

The Vose Library book club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at (unless otherwise indicated) at 1:15, discussion beginning at 1:30. If you’d like some social time beforehand, please arrive a little earlier. To stay in with the other members, join our Google mailing list by emailing vosebookclub+subscribe@googlegroups.com. To contact the group, email vosebookclub@googlegroups.com. You can also view and participate in the conversation as a forum.

2016-2017 Schedule

September 21, 2016:  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf – Brenda Page

October 19, 2016:  American Character  by Colin Woodard – Carol Watier

November 16, 2016:  Until Tuesday  by Luis Carlos Montalvan – Jan Wentworth

December 14, 2016: *Second Wednesday!*  The Wives of Los Alamos  by  TaraShea Nesbit –  Anita Brown

January 18, 2017:  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – Dorothy Dinsmore

February 15, 2017:  The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – Jan Cramer

March 15, 2017:  Reader’s Choice – Share a favorite book that you’ve been reading

April 19, 2017:  The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gaye Tzemach Lemmon – Nancy Watson

May 17, 2017:  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Linda Annis

June 21, 2017:  Elephant Company by Vicky Constantine Croke – Joyce Grotton

July 19, 2017:   One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood – Marie Powell

August 16, 2017:  Year-end meeting when we discuss the books of the past year and choose the books for the coming year.

2015-16 schedule
2014-15 schedule
2013-14 schedule
2012-13 schedule

Our Book Club Guidelines:

Choosing books to read
Everyone suggests two books one month, and then everyone votes for their top choices the following month. We will choose our winter books for October to May, and our summer books for June to September. If your book is chosen, you will be the facilitator for that book’s discussion.

Don’t read favorites. Reading a book someone “just loves” can lead to hurt feelings—like inviting people into your home to critique your decor. Ouch. Best to stay on neutral territory.
Do choose books which you have read or seriously looked through to gauge length and ease.
Do mix genres. A steady diet of one thing can be dull, dull, dull. Try interspersing fiction—current and classic—with nonfiction: poetry, history, or biography.
Don’t choose books which are too long or difficult to get through. For nonfiction especially, consider shorter books.
Choose books which have been out for at least a year, so they will be readily available.

Some discussion guidelines
The person who suggested the book is the discussion facilitator.
The facilitator’s job is to help keep the discussion going and on track. Do not feel the need to make a presentation, although you may prepare a short one if you would like.
Take turns going around the room, allowing each member to talk about his or her experience reading the book. A one-minute or less blurb from each person before general discussion.
Members who haven’t read the book. Come anyway. Not everyone can finish every book, but non-readers may still have valuable insights.
Members who prefer to socialize: Be gentle but firm. Lead the discussion back to the book. Social time is 1:15pm to 1:30.
Dominating personalities: Never easy. “Let’s hear from some others” is one phrase for the facilitator.
Disagreements about the book. Be gracious! There is no one way to experience or interpret a book. In fact, differing opinions are good. We do not all have to agree, but we do have to respect everyone’s ideas, thoughts, and feelings about issues discussed in the book group.
Respectful discussion is a must! Do not make dismissive statements toward other people’s comments. Even if you disagree, take the conversation back to the book rather than saying “That’s ridiculous,” etc. Making people feel embarrassed or defensive is a sure way to shut down the conversation.
Do remember and respect the theory that there is no right or wrong in the art of literary interpretation. For literary analysis, your opinion(s) should be based on detail(s) from the text.
Avoid pomposity and didacticism. (Leave you egos at home! Break up fist fights!) Have fun engaging in the process of shared exploration.
This website has some helpful ideas and guidelines for discussion facilitators: http://www.kclibrary.org/?q=book-clubs/guidelines

2 thoughts on “Book Club

  1. I wish to join the Vose book club. Is there a book for August, in addition to the annual review?

    • No book for August. Consider bringing suggestions of books, since members will also choose books for the next year. See you then!

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