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 (http://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)

76) Educated by Tara Westover

Sam's Place - Rogers Park

**PLEASE NOTE THIS MONTH'S MEETING WILL BE IN ROGERS PARK** Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

77) Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Needs a location

$2.00

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER: You accept them all. What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last. Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story. A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," LESS shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

Past events (114)

75) The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Kibbitznest Books, Brews, & Blarney

$10.00

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