THE TAKOMA PARK BIG BOOK CLUB meets during the fall and in the spring. The club is dedicated to reading and discussing the biggest, greatest books ever written. Generally we meet several times to do full justice to the text. First we vote on a book. Then we hear a noted expert lecture on that topic. Then we meet several times to work our way through the text. Recent selections include the Book of Genesis, Charles Dickens’s “Our Mutual Friend,” Goethe’s “Faust,” and George Eliot’s “Daniel Deronda.”
THE FRIENDS BOOK GROUP spans genre, country, and era, with historical fiction, mysteries, science fiction, and graphic novels. Works by international authors, including Kenzaburo Oe, W. G. Sebald, Chinua Achebe, and Mo Yan have been part of the diverse selection read and discussed by the group. More often than not, the group has chosen novels, ranging from the recent—Ali Smith’s how to be both—to the enduring—Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Friends Book Group meets for a lively hour-and-a-half discussion every other month.
To find out what books we are currently reading, and when our book clubs are meeting next, see our upcoming events page.
You can find a complete list of books read by the Big Book Club and the Friends Book Club here.