What we're about

We decide as a group what to read/discuss. We read one book per month (or try, anyway). We meet up in Logan Square(with exceptions). No themes, no restrictions on membership -- anyone is welcome (even if you don't live near the Logan Square neighborhood). You in???

Q: I noticed that I started having to pay $2 for each scheduled meetup. Why is that?

A: Meetup is not free for us to maintain! The $2 membership fee makes sure that your RSVP is valid and you're committed to the group.

Q: I noticed that this group meeting is not being held in Logan Square this month. What's the point of calling it the Logan Square Bookclub?

A: This group has been going on since Spring of 2012. While some of our beloved veteran members have moved away to Michigan, North Carolina, New York, etc. some of our other loving veterans have decided to stay more local to Chicago but outside of Logan Square. Occasionally they will kindly host in their homes as they love their book club and it's fun to get you out of the neighborhood and explore other parts of the city. Some of these neighborhoods include Pilsen, Uptown, Edgewater, Humboldt Park, etc. If this commute is too far for you from Logan Square, it's purely understood that you can't make it, but we ask that you respect the generosity of the non-Logan Square hosts during certain months.

Q: Where the heck is this meeting this month?!

A: Leadership always circulates the address the week of the meetup (M, T or W), so if you haven't RSVP'd 'YES' to the meetup a few days before the event, chances are you didn't get the email. Please privately message one of the leaders and they will get you your information.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Usually the host always supplies a bottle of wine and some minimal snacks, but we highly encourage people BYOS (snacks) to share with the group. Recently (Sept 2016) dues have been suggested to contribute if possible. $1-2 per month via meetup.com (https://www.meetup.com/), or a cash jar at each meeting.

Q: Can I host?

A: Yes, please! Throw your hand up at the end of each discussion when we're planning next months book and meetup.

Upcoming events (2)

108) In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Logan Square

$2.00

For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic.

109) Dreaming The Biosphere: The Theater Of All Possibilities by Rebecca Reider

"Biosphere 2" rises from southern Arizonas high desert like a bizarre hybrid spaceship and greenhouse. Packed with more than 3,800 carefully selected plant, animal, and insect species, this mega-terrarium is one of the world's most biodiverse, lush, and artificial wildernesses. Only recently transformed from an abandoned ghost dome to a University of Arizona research center, the site was the setting of a grand drama about humans and ecology at the end of the twentieth century.
The seeds of Biosphere 2 sprouted in the 1970s at Synergia, a desert ranch in New Mexico where John Allen and a handful of dreamers united to create a self-reliant utopia centered on ecological work, study, and their traveling experimental theater troupe, "The Theater of All Possibilities." At a time of growing tensions in the American environmental consciousness, the Synergians took on varied projects around the world that sought to mend the rift between humans and nature. In 1984, they bought a piece of desert to build Biosphere 2. Eco-enthusiasts competed to become the eight "biospherians" who would lock themselves inside the giant greenhouse world for two years to live in harmony with their wilderness, grow their own food, and recycle all their air, water, and wastes.
Thin and short on oxygen, the biospherians stoically completed their survival mission, but the communal spirit surrounding Biosphere 2 eventually dissolved into conflict--ultimately the facility would be seized by armed U.S. Marshals. Yet for all the story's strangeness, perhaps strangest of all was how normal Biosphere 2 actually was. The story of this grand eco-utopian adventure (and misadventure) becomes a parable about the relationship between humans and nature in postmodern America.

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