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If you would like to read those books that you feel you ought to have read but have never gotten around to, then this is the group for you. Book selections are chosen from all editions of "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die," edited by Peter Boxall. That means a master list of nearly 1300 books that is a mixture of classics and influential works across many genres, from the 1600s-2000s.

We try to have two meetings per month, typically every other Sunday. The group includes old members, new members and visitors. If you want to try us out, we typically see at least one new person each time, so this is definitely not a closed group and we are in the habit of welcoming new voices.

What can you expect? We vary our format occasionally, but most often we go around the room once and give people space to express their thoughts without too much interruption. And, then we break into open conversation, digging deeper into themes and the work itself. Those book clubs where everyone comes and has a glass of red wine and no one has read the book? Yeah, that's not us. We love to read and think and converse about what we've read. Come often enough and you'll get to choose a book in the coming year to host!

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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

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Book description from Goodreads: 'All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.' Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Will Felix Hoenikker's death wish come true? Will his last, fatal gift to humankind bring about the end that, for all of us, is nigh? Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global apocalypse preys on our deepest fears of witnessing the end and, worse still, surviving it . . . Book Availability: Most libraries in Chicagoland are open now and many independent bookstores have curbside pick-up. This book is also available on Kindle. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84730900516 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (Chicago) [masked],,[masked]# US (Germantown)

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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From Goodreads.com: Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more than disease.” This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it. Accessing the book: Many bookstores and libraries are now open with social distancing guidelines. This book is also available online at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/541 Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87942848997?pwd=SmYzUHV3Z011NUowbDJpNElpR3M0dz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,012843# US (Chicago) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,012843# US (New York)

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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