Union Square Reading Group Pages

We are the Union Square meetup book club. We are open to anyone who likes to read and discuss books.


1. How often do we meet?

Once a month every first Tuesday of the month rain or shine.

2. Who gets to pick the books and when is this done?
We pick a book two months in advance and anyone who comes to our meetings is welcome to suggest a book. We decide before we adjourn our meetings, by consensus of the attendees our next book. So anyone who feels like they have a book the we must read please post it and any relevant information regarding the book to the discussion thread maintained for that reason, and bring it up during the meeting. Any book suggestions are welcome we do not discriminate.

3. Do I need to be a professor in literature to attend?
Well, you are more than welcome to come if you are, but anyone with a desire and love of book discussions is welcome.

4. Where do I get the book?
Well, the best option is if you could get the book at your local library given the fact that it would be free. If not you can shop in a regular bookstore. Our hosting bookstore, McNally Robinson, gives members a 10 % discount between our selecting the book and the meeting. However, we may pick an obscure book that will make you go around the world to find the only remaining copy.

5. Are you supposed to love every book we read?
No, in fact it is better if there are people who love the book and people who hate it. We are a discussion group so we meet to discuss books. Diverse opinions make up for a great discussion. Don't worry if the book is highly regarded by the literary connoisseurs. So what? We are not clones and if you think the book stinks or is overrated come to our meeting and tells about it in our face. People might not agree with you but it is your opinion.

6. What about the fee that meetup.com charges the group?
Well, if you like our group and want to contribute to the semiannual fee meetup.com charges us, then you are welcome to help us out with a donation of $4. Don't worry, there is no obligation and you can attend our meetups regardless.

7. Which books have we read so far?

For a more complete list, check the past meetups. But, some include

  • Auto-Da-Fe by Elias Canetti
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Headlong by Michael Frayn
  • Out by Natsuo Kirino
  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  • The Idiot by Dostoevsky
  • The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
  • A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind

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About Union Square Reading Group June 10, 2008 9:28 AM Ion F.

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