Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lunch and Library Club

After missing April's gathering, I was determined not to miss another literary discussion after being cooped up in the house for so long. "Lunch and Library" is non-negotiable time for me. It's a recurring appointment in my calendar. No lunch dates with friends. No lunch meetings with peers. The only events that keeps me from attending are surgery and sick grandmas. And despite being tempted to quit reading the laborious 500-plus page novel, I drudged through the All-Iowa read for May, to join my erudite friends on the second Tuesday of the month. The novel? Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos.

The cover of the book is quite lovely. And by approximately page 400, I was finally getting into it. And according to Bev (book club member who read to page 30), every review she found on the Internet was glowing. Out of approximately 12 members who regularly attend our library club, only three of us finished the tome. Roger (an extremely well-read library board member) commented, "Life's too short."

To be fair, the three of us who stuck to it (and even those who read part of it) had a lively and great discussion. And it certainly had a story line that made me think for a while. The maternal themes were quite timely for the motherly month of May. Characters were fairly interesting. Prose was good. It was just the darn Dutch funeral that bored me. But we all seemed intrigued by the story. Apparently, those who make the selection for the All-Iowa read know what they're doing.

Anyway, a few years ago (on a whim) I decided to start attending the lunch and library club.  A bit nervous on my first visit, I joined in on a discussion of The Reader. Since then, I've made a number of new friends, and my life has become vastly enriched. While reading is joyous in and of itself, it becomes so much more enlightening in a social setting and allows us to reach more deeply into ourselves.

Not a part of a book club? Don't you wish you could discuss some of your reads with others? Then, you should do it. Find new friends. Explore new thoughts. Share intriguing ideas. You won't regret it.