What My Book Group Is Reading

This article about a book group originally formed at a Borders store prompted me to post about my own formerly-Borders group. We are a general group. Although fiction probably dominates, we read both fiction and nonfiction. We originated about 12 years ago in a Borders store that went down in the first round of closings. Still lead by our former Borders employee, we have relocated to the cafe of a nearby Barnes & Noble store. We meet once a month.

Right now we are focusing on books about Hemingway’s expat experience in Europe in the 1920s. Hemingway has been much in the news because of  the 50th anniversary earlier this month of his suicide. And there’s a lot of current interest in Paris–for example, Woody Allen’s new movie Midnight in Paris.

Here’s what we’re reading now:

  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: his’s account of life in Paris in the 1920s.
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain: a novel narrated in the first person by Hadley, Hemingway’s first wife, about her life with struggling-writer husband.
  • The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway: his first published novel, covering life in Europe in the 1920.
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough: the story of how famous Americans brought back their findings about Paris between 1830 and 1900.