Well then. It looks like there are at least a few of you who are interested, so let's do this. Our first order of business will be picking a book. I've been reading Team of Rivals for basically ever and before that was reading the classics out of sheer laziness in that I could borrow them from the English department book room at school and not have to go to the library or adhere to due dates. Meaning that I don't exactly have my finger on the pulse of what people are actually reading these days. We'll need something that's easy for everyone to get, which I suppose isn't that big of an issue what with Amazon and all, but it would be nice if it could be available in libraries. And something with at least somewhat broad appeal. I'm thinking fiction, at least to start. So please let me know in the comments what you'd like to read. If you're not interested in participating, but have books to recommend, please do that as well.
Unfortunately, I seem to have put myself into the uncomfortable position of then having to make a decision. Once I do that, I'll put up something in the sidebar about the book and the date we'll be discussing it. You should all read the book and procure your wine and snacks prior to that date. Deal?
For anyone who may be interested, I do highly recommend Team of Rivals, though it definitely represents a huge time commitment. Maybe you, like me, have a fear of running out of reading material on long flights, in which case, this is the book for you. (Got me through Pensacola->DC->Tokyo->Seoul->Tokyo->Okinawa, plus plenty of other reading time.) If you have a long commute, this would make a great audiobook for it.
And for Chrystal and anybody else who is curious, I thought The Memory Keeper's Daughter, though very bleak through most of the book, was well worth reading. Well-written, engrossing, and ultimately hopeful.
Also, in non-book-club-related but highly book-related news, I've been admitted as a graduate student to the University of MIssouri, starting a Masters of Reading Eduacation program this August. I've been perusing course descriptions and am pretty excited about several of the classes, in case you ever had any doubt at all that I am a huge literacy nerd. I've been out of school for a long time and haven't ever taken any online classes before, so it's going to be a big adjustment, but I'm looking forward to using my professional brain again and hopefully to learning a whole lot. I'd say that I hope I can remember how to be a student, but given that I was a pretty terrible student, probably it will be better if I forget everything I knew about it and just start over.