Friday Morning Bookclub

April 16, 2012

What Is Wrong With The Friday Morning Bookclub?

This past weekend we held our annual “couples” meeting, an evening we all look forward to. A lot of thought goes into choosing the book for this special meeting. No Chick Lit allowed! We search for that perfect book. A book that the men and the women will enjoy. Apparently this is no easy feat as we have gotten it wrong the last two years! Perhaps wrong is too strong a word, however we definitely have not gotten it right!

Last year we read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It seemed to be THE book to read. Everyone was talking about the amazing story of Louie Zamperini. Yes, it really was an amazing story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, however The Friday Morning Bookclub did not seem to be as impressed with the book as the rest of the world! Surviving 47th days at sea on a raft, fending off sharks and eating raw fish is quite impressive, but even that gets old after umpteen pages. Although some of our members enjoyed the book, others struggled to finish  it. On a scale of 1-5, we gave Unbroken 3 omelets.

This year we went with In The Garden Of The Beasts by Eric Larson, yet another highly acclaimed book, and yes another WWII non fiction book. Reading about William E. Dodd, America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime and his wild daughter Martha sounded fascinating.  Unfortunately some of us were disappointed. Different book, same results. This certainly was an interesting topic yet several of our members didn’t even bother finishing the book.

So what is wrong with The Friday Morning Bookclub? Are we more critical than most? Are we that hard to please?  It looks like in our quest to find a book that the men will enjoy, we end up with a book that no one actually loves. Maybe next year we should try something totally different. Enough with the heavy-duty non fiction!  Enough World War II! What about a good mystery or even a little fantasy. We have a whole year to work on it and try to get it right.

And here they are. The men in our lives.

Complete review of In The Garden of the Beasts coming soon!



  1. The couples meeting was so enjoyable even if the book was not a hit, just discussing the book and the wonderful dishes everyone prepared made reading the book worthwhile. I just want to note, I voted for Doc Holiday !

    Comment by Bonnie Caplan — April 17, 2012 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  2. Susan, the evening was great, company terrific and a wonderful opportunity to get together and just talk and laugh. Your club picked some books that were acclaimed and the fact that we were not blown over is a testimony to the fact that we are discerning rather than ignorant. Frankly…we kicked some ass!

    Comment by Ed — April 17, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Ed and Bonnie! It really was a nice evening. I like that….”discerning rather than ignorant”. Sounds good to me!

      Comment by susanbright — April 17, 2012 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  3. Susan, I just finished Mary Doria Russell’s Doc– and think it might be a perfect choice for your next couples book. It did take me while to get into (longer than it took me to be hooked by either Dreamers of the Day or The Sparrow), but once Russell found her voice for this story, I found I couldn’t put the the novel down.

    Comment by Randi Feldstein Adleberg — April 30, 2012 @ 11:37 am | Reply

    • Hi Randi, Doc was actually one of the books we were considering. Maybe next year! Thank you!

      Comment by susanbright — April 30, 2012 @ 11:51 am | Reply

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