What we're about

This group is for you if you like to read great books and discuss them with others. We are low-key and relaxed with typical meeting attendance still able to fit into people's homes. We are located in/around Summit and North Jersey. The main focus is literary fiction, but we're open to non-fiction as well. Some of our favorite authors include Haruki Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith - just to name a few. We have been reading a new book every 6-8 weeks during the year.

We are a group of volunteers who share and/or rotate responsibilities for hosting, moderating, book choice and organizing. The organizer(s) sends out meeting notices, keeps us in touch and runs informal planning sessions after each meeting. During these we discuss when and where we meet next as well as what we'd like to read.

The organizer(s) should bring a list of prospective books to choose from. Personally I am a voracious omnivorous reader. I am always on the hunt for books that are well-written, informative, and thought-provoking. I'm not an expert on this so I regularly scan book reviews and award lists across multiple genres, categories and countries. Just like you I enjoy entertaining "beach reads" and curling up with a book and blanket in cold weather. What we are look for here ideally is a little different: books that make for interesting discussion and books that take us into places we might not go on our own.

New members who join in between meetings may not hear from us from a while. Depending on where we are in our calendar it could be as long as 6-8 weeks. It doesn't mean we are ignoring you... just that we are in planning mode. Notices of each meeting go out to everyone as soon as we agree on the book, date and who will be hosting. So far we've always met on Sunday's from 1-3 and that has worked out well. Once you RSVP you'll receive a confirmation by e-mail including the street address.

Upcoming events (1)

Summit NJ Book Club Jan 27 2019 Meeting Notice & Book

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Book Club 01/27/19 Meeting Announcement (Notice #1) 12/4/18 Hi Book Lovers Our next meeting will be January 27th, . Our book choice, the novel Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, was a 2017 National Book Award Finalist and NYT/NPR book of the month for July of the same year. Many people have recommended this book for us. It’s one of those you can get lost in happily. It tells the story of a multi-generational Korean family living under Japanese rule, first in Korea and then in Japan over 7 decades. The book’s opening line, “History has failed us but no matter”, will frame our discussion of how the family managed to survive and prosper in spite of the cultural obstacles they faced at every turn. As usual we meet on a Sunday from 1-3 pm. I’m delighted that we have a new host, Larisa, who lives in in Westfield NJ. As usual, I’ll share her street address ONLY with those who RSVP on MeetUp. To ensure you receive the address message(s) please check to make sure this app has your correct e-mail. Happy Holidays and warmest wishes for the New Year. Suzanne Klein, organizer PS: If you have any questions about this book choice (yes it's a change from where we ended up at the last meeting) please write to me.

Past events (32)

Summit NJ Book Club 11/18 Meeting Notice & Book

Tanuja's House

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