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Good news for readers of classics! The Davis-Kidd Classics Club will reform in the fall here at Parnassus Books! We will meet several times over the next year to talk about important, older books (generally published before 1960) that we either missed or want to revisit. Scroll down for upcoming dates and book selections!
"It's all about the book."
This week a regular customer came in for some reading recommendations. Since she had attended a recent book club meeting at Parnassus, I asked her if she had read our club selection for next month. She replied that she hadn't and that she had decided that book clubs weren't for her. On the basis of attending only this one meeting, I gently tried to convince her otherwise, but she was steadfast, saying that while everyone was nice, a book club wasn't what she thought it was. I so appreciated her willingness to try "the book club thing", and her honesty about the experience. (I know her as a real reader and I suspect that we are the losers in this case.)
This got me thinking about the reasons people join and sometimes quit book clubs. Joining is a social thing, a way to meet others or connect with friends and colleagues over something more than just news or gossip. But once in this setting a few find that it's not what they thought. Some discover new truths about themselves - they don't like reading books chosen for them; they don't like reading on a schedule; or they don't like discussing what they read with others. Hard to understand for those of us diehard book club members! We know the joys of reading new and different books, of being out of our comfort zones as readers from time to time, and of talking over ideas different from our own. I hope as a book club facilitator to provide fun and meaningful meetings for readers of all stripes. I hope also to convince even the most skeptical to give us a try, all the time realizing that while millions everywhere love it, it may not work for everyone. Come see what the next two months at Parnassus Book Clubs have in store for you!
Parnassus Book Club Selections
October - Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
November - Quiet Dell, by Jayne Anne Phillips
Parnassus Classics Club - The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler
Parnassus book club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion!
Kathy Schultenover, Book Club Coordinator