Book discussion meeting should be serious
Dear Abby: “Pennsville, N.J., Reader” (May 15) complained that her book club members don’t always read their current book and want to socialize instead. I can add nothing to your thoughtful answer. Still, her letter troubles me.
As you know, literacy is under siege in America, and many people can’t follow the directions on a box of cake mix. Years ago, I heard Margaret Mead speak. She warned us against turning into a “machine-worshipping society,” and that is precisely what we have become. It’s killing off a part of our brains. We are wired to electronic messaging most of the time, at our peril. Reading serious books helps to reclaim our brains.
Each member of my group has a voice in selecting the book. Most of us do read the monthly selection, and the moderator – friendly but firm – keeps us on track with our discussions. No one ventures too far afield, ever. If someone comes to the meeting and hasn’t read the selection, she simply listens and takes notes while the others discuss the designated chapters.
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