What we're about

One of the greatest rewards of joining a book club is hearing from other book clubbers. Those who’ve made it work and rally once a month, over a tall glass of Cabernet and historical fiction. Those with bursting schedules and towering responsibilities who still reach over to the nightstand, night after night, and crack open a spine (or two).

Because a book club isn’t really about books, is it? It’s about stories. The ones we read, the ones we live. The ones we share

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Des Moines Literati

What started as a small gathering of men and women living in the Equitable Building of downtown Des Moines has grown into a gathering of friendly faces throughout the country.

Book Picks

There are long books and short books scattered throughout. There are collections of short stories, literary classics, mysteries, memoirs, and everything in between.

Mostly

Please know that there are no expectations or pressure. The little book club community that we’ve built is here for each of us. Take what you need. If that’s a great story, wonderful. If that’s joining to listen in, to say “Hi” and feel connected, that’s even better!

~ Des Moines Literati Book Club

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Other Books We've Read:

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper – Hallie Rubenhold

Small Fry – Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson

The Overstory – Richard Powers

Resistance Women – Jennifer Chiaverini

Upcoming events (4+)

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

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'Nobody,' said the old man, 'can be held responsible for the
pranks of destiny.'

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Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was
just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of
three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun,
pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging
Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.
They never returned. 🕵️

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Topic: August 7th Book Club
Time: Aug 7, 2022, 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

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"And grandma would make us eat our sandwiches before we
ate the cakes - You have to climb your way to heaven." ~
Amor Towles

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You'll love this madcap adventure story. A fantastical tale set
in the fifties, a story about retribution, forgiveness missed connections, and peopled with some outstanding characters. An ode to reading, travel, and the family we have, the family we make. 🚗

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Topic: September 4th Book Club
Time: Sep 4, 2022, 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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The Boys by Ron & Clint Howard

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"Your creativity has value. You’re not wasting your time dreaming" ~ Ron Howard

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Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Ben—these shows captivated millions of TV viewers in the ’60s and ’70s. Join award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and audience-favorite actor, Clint Howard, as they frankly and fondly share their unusual family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.

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Topic: October 2nd Book Club
Time: Oct 2, 2022, 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

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Mummy always had French maids, and Daddy always chased them. It kept their marriage happy." ~ Rhys Bowen

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Historical fiction coupled with a jolly good mystery! A possible German spy falls to his death on the grounds of Farleigh when his parachute fails to open. There are several investigations into the man's possible purpose, from a family friend who works for MI5 to a pair of twelve-year-olds who found the body. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Topic: November 6th Book Club
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