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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Equitable 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.

How Often Do We Meet?

In these strange times, we find ourselves holding onto the things that make us steady, and the book club is a big one. Getting to see everyone lifts our spirits like nothing else. That’s why we’re continuing to meet every two weeks through 2021. With the caveat that there are no expectations for everyone to keep up!

The hope is the schedule will be nice for those who are reading more than usual. For those who aren’t, no worries. Look through the event list and jump in reading-wise wherever (and as often as) you’d like.

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!

~ Equitable 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

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Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

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"Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told." ~ Wendell Berry

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A novel that’s a love story, tragedy, cautionary tale, and a history of sorts. It’s also one of the most joyful books you’ll ever read. A reminder that life is a wonderful thing if we’re able to appreciate what we have and take good care of it. ✨

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Topic: March 7th
Time: Mar 7, 2021, 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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"It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.” ~ Alexandre Dumas

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A page-turning timeless classic. What starts as a thriller, becomes a Game of Thrones-style soap opera, and finishes as a murder mystery. In theory, it's a story about revenge, but more than anything it’s a story about love. ❤️

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Topic: March 21st Book Club
Time: March 21, 2021, 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 Selected by C. J. Box

"A stellar collection for a year that hardly deserves it. ~ Kirkus Reviews

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A few favorites?
“Baddest Outlaws" proves blood is still thicker than water, (and a variety of other substances)
“See Humble and Die” reminds us the good guys aren’t always good guys.
And the bad guys aren’t always bad guys, as an aging mobster shows in “The Last Hit.” 🕵🏻‍♂️

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Topic: April 11th Book Club
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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

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“There are people in the world who think only about themselves. They don’t care what happens to other people so long as they get what they want. They put other people down to make themselves feel important. “Then there are people who do the opposite, who are able to imagine how others must feel, and make sure that they don’t do things that hurt people. “So,” she said, looking me squarely in the eye. “Which kind of person do you want to be?” ~ Barack Obama

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An incredible memoir offering so much hope for America. 🇺🇸

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Topic: October 17th Book Club
Time: Oct 17, 2021, 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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