Family Book Club

We just had this fun synchronicity in our reading.

Helen recently read The Moon is Down which was written by John Steinbeck in 1942 as a propaganda novel to encourage the resistance movement. Just possessing this book could mean an automatic death sentence in Nazi Europe. 
Liz picked up Anne Frank's diary while out on a Sunday afternoon bookshop/coffee excursion. 
She was pulled right in to the story.

At the same time I picked up Madeleine Albright's new memoir about growing up during the war.

We have had some interesting chats over the past few weeks about good & evil, the nature of humanity, 20th century politics, etc., all of us casually referring to what we've been reading. This lead us to thinking about starting a family book club for the summer.  The idea is that we'd each choose a book that we'd all read.

The big question--what would be some fun books that would also allow for good conversation? They also have to be readable for us all.  I'm up for some suggestions!

Tracy  – (June 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM)  

We enjoying the story of the Von Trapps. The curriculum we use sort of skips over 1865 to the present until the high school grades so I try to read something from this time period once a week.

Francesca  – (June 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM)  

The Summer book club is a lovely idea...I have no suggestions for you but I am interested in Madeline Albright memoir too....

Dawn  – (June 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM)  

I love this idea. My kids have a big age difference, but one series that everyone in our house loves is Harry Potter.

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