What does a Book Club do

How's a book club?

The Pepsi doesn't count, sorry) as an offering to the book club party gods. Equally important is the number of people actually attending the meetings. Do you often look for people to discuss literature with? Which is the minimum and maximum number of persons required? Are you emotionally attached to this?

Often Book Club trouble has little to do with the book.

Yes, it's a pleasant, high-minded way to join a group of bookstores, a way to make acquaintances and enjoy reading a book that might otherwise remain intact. What happens if you end up hate all the literature choices - or the other members? Setting out is not so difficult to do when it means being free from intane criticism, policy maneuvers, wounded emotions, poor chicks and even more badly illuminated chaponnay.

A number of book groups have emerged from sewn groups that "gave the opportunity for girls to train their intellects and meet," says Rachel W. Jacobsohn, writer of The Reading Group Handbook, which gives a story of plus doses and don'ts for contemporary homes. There are perhaps four to five million book groups in the United States today, and the number is expected to increase, said Ann Kent, creator of Book Group Expo, an event attended by book readership and writers every year.

Recently, however, many pure book groups have come into being purely on line - given the difficulties of throwing a beverage in the face of a member who proposes to read Trollope - these are clearly other animals. "They expect this individual to select all accounts and take over all debates.

Susan Farewell was drawn to a book group named IlluminaTea by rules that excluded such repulsive trick. "She was very high-minded," said Mrs. Farewell, a travelling author in Westport, Conn. The members chose alternately to read a book, "and you felt that your choices were a measurement of how smart and demanding and secular you were," she said.

"During your months of organizing a get-together, you made your own interpretations of a cup of teapot and the infusions became very competitive," said Mrs Farewell. Home-made skanes and Devonshire crème were equal for the course, and Ms. Farewell remembers that she spent the night in front of her mother, making nasturtium and smoking sockeyes.

Up until the 2004 electoral campaign, she had liked her book group - members were reading "A Tree Is Growing in Brooklyn", Virginia Woolf novel "and sometimes a pocketbook without meaning", she said. Then after a presidency discussion, there was an arguing about the nominees, "so it was determined that we could no longer study politics and hold politics discussions," remembered Mrs. Peck, who had just proposed that the group should do so.

"She said in triumph, "And we are reading a great many politics novels.

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