Friday Morning Bookclub

January 15, 2016

A Little Help…Please!

Filed under: Couples meetings — susanbright @ 12:45 pm

Every April we have a couples meeting where we invite our husband, significant other or a book lover friend to an evening dinner meeting. It is always a challenge choosing a book that appeals to both men and women and is a good discussion book.

Some of the books we have read in the past are:

The Triple Agent

In The Garden of the Beast

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Plot Against America

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Devil in the White City

We do our best to keep it on the shorter side to encourage everyone to actually read the book and in the past have enjoyed some lively discussions. Of course the delicious pot luck dinner which follows our book discussion is always the highlight of the evening!

It may seem a little early to choose a book for April, but we want to give those busy men plenty of time to read. Have you read any books which you think may fit the bill? Any recommendations?


June 9, 2014

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Devil In The White City 3.9 Omelets


Amazon readers give The Devil In The White City 4.2 Omelets

Goodreads readers give The Devil In The White City 3.96 Omelets

The Devil in the White City turned out to be an excellent book for our yearly couples meeting. It is not easy to find a book that both the women and men enjoy. The Devil in the White City took place during the Chicago Worlds Fair, perfect for those who enjoy history, and featured a serial killer, perfect for those who prefer a good murder story. Something for everyone. Check it out!


April 11, 2014

The Devil In The White City…In Three Words!

devilThe Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America is a combination of both HISTORY AND MYSTERY.

Here is what some of our readers have to say:

Jack The Ripper In Oz

Good and Evil

Excitement , Handsome , Creepy!!

How would you describe The Devil In The White City….In Three Words…..or maybe five?

March 25, 2014

This Month’s Book: The Devil In The White City By Erik Larson

devilAll I can say is that this must be a REALLY good book. We considered dozens of books for our April meeting, the one meeting we invite our husbands to. After many discussions, emails and finally a vote we chose The Devil in the White City. Several of our members had already read it, yet it was still their top choice…a book they were willing to read again.

Please join us in reading The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and  –

January 19, 2014

We Need Your Help! And BTW…What Is The Opposite Of Chic Lit?….Male Tale?

Filed under: Couples meetings — susanbright @ 9:23 am

man and woman readingEvery April we invite our spouses or significant others to a pot luck dinner meeting…and yes…the men actually read the book!  We lure them in with the promise of good food and good company and on that end we have always been successful. The most important component and the most difficult is choosing the right book, a book that both the men and the women will enjoy. Unfortunately we often over compensate, trying so hard to stay away from anything that may be considered chick lit that we select a book that could be considered the very opposite of a chic lit…a MALE TALE!

We need some suggestions and we need them soon. Our men like to have plenty of time to read their book and prefer it to be of reasonable length. A few of the books we have read at past couples meetings are: Unbroken, In the Garden of the Beast and The Triple Agent. Have you read a book recently that you think both men and women would enjoy reading and discussing? A book that would not fall under the category of chic lit, or male tale?

And by the way…does anyone have a better term for the opposite of chic lit?

May 16, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Triple Agent:The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated The CIA 3.77 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave The Triple Agent 4.6 stars

Goodreads readers gave The Triple Agent 3.97 stars

The Triple Agent, written by Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Joby Warrick is a well researched and compelling book about the 2009 suicide attack in Afghanistan that killed 7 CIA agents.

Sad new reality, CIA’s darkest hour, tragic but true and Taliban bearing gifts are just a few of the phrases used to describe this book. A quick read with a lot to say!

April 24, 2013

The Triple Agent: A Review By Bob

agentThis past Sunday, I went with my wife to The Friday Morning Bookclub’s annual  couple’s  pot luck dinner meeting and discussion. A good time was had by the 18 attendees. We reviewed The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick. It was a lively discussion with fervor and intensity as it was just days after the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon and capture of the second perpetrator.
The book chronicles the events leading to the New Years eve 2009 suicide attack that killed nine CIA and FBI agents and two Afghani employees at Khost Military base in Afghanistan. The suicide bomber was a religious Jordanian physician/ zealot and Al-Qaida supporter recruited by Jordanian Intelligence and the CIA . The book is an easy read and very enlightening about our war against Al-Qaida.
Among the many comments there were the following conclusion that most agreed upon:
A religious zealot will never be converted
Mistakes were both made by CIA/FBI hierarchy and the inexperienced leadership at Camp Khost. Each group was so anxious to get what they felt was outstanding intelligence that normal safety protocols were abandoned.
Guarding against terrorist attacks has and will remain a way of life in our world.
Americans serving in the CIA, FBI and Military against the war on terrorism are extremely dedicated to their dangerous mission. They make numerous and tremendous sacrifices to protect our country and it’s citizens. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

I recommend the book and rate it a 4+

April 21, 2013

Rate The Book: The Triple Agent By Joby Warrick

Help us rate our books! All votes and comments are welcomed and appreciated!

April 30, 2012

In The Garden Of The Beasts: A Review By Ann

Filed under: Couples meetings,In The Garden Of The Beasts — susanbright @ 11:31 am

In the Garden of the Beasts

The book club members at April’s “couples” dinner meeting seemed to fall into distinct camps. There were a few history buffs that actually enjoyed reading, Erik Larson’s The Garden of the Beasts. There was the opposite crowd – the majority, I hear — who struggled to get through the book. And, then there was the camp I fell in, “not great, not horrible.” Many in this “just ok” camp who spoke up at the meeting had read Larson’s Devil in the White City, and was disappointed that this latest book was not as riveting as White City, which was also a true story and meticulously documented.

About the Book

The Garden of the Beasts story centered on William Dodd, who was a professor at the University of Chicago, a product of a southern upbringing smitten with Southern history, and an unlikely choice for the ambassador to Germany in the late 1930’s as Hitler was coming to power. He was mild-mannered and a self-described “Jeffersonian Democrat.”  Somewhat of a social climber, Dodd exemplified his Jefferson ideals in his attitude that citizens (and therefore himself) have a civic duty to help their country and fight corruption, and apparently he did fight aristocratic elitism as the ambassador (most notably by shipping his Chevy across the Atlantic).

Unfortunately, almost 100 years after Jefferson, Dodd’s ideals were not an attitude of equality and respect for all. What was really shocking, and why I am glad to have read the book, was how utterly rampant negative views of Jews were by Americans, and by even the so-called good guys. This is not breaking news, but this book hit a chord in me.

About Book club

My husband and I never read the same book at the same time (well, except for book club). So, to cut to the chase, the book sparked a conversation that was really meaningful and enlightening to me. The April couple’s meeting is unique in that there is the opportunity to probe into some unexplored territory with your spouse, as well as our book club members. And, that’s why I will read just about any book “assigned” by book club and why I love book club. I am just sorry more people did not have that experience this year.

So yes, we need to find the common ground amongst male and female book tastes, history and mystery buffs, avid readers and not, so more book club members and their hubbies participate. For me, it is more about the shared experience, than what book. We cannot give up!

April 25, 2012

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives In The Garden Of The Beasts By Erik Larson 3.16 Omelets

Amazon readers gave In the Garden of the Beasts 4 stars

Goodreads readers gave In the Garden of the Beasts 3 3/4 stars

In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin revolves around America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime, William E. Dodd and his daughter Martha.

“A hugely engrossing chronicle of events public and private. Exceedingly well-documented, exhaustive without being excessive, and utterly fascinating.”
Chicago Tribune

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