Book Club

Howard Live

April 11, 2002

An interview with Suzanne Bourg, founding member of Read 'Em and Eat book club.

How did your group get started? I believe it was in 1984. A few of us were interested in reading books, and I think there were five or six of us. We didn't really have any place to meet, so we started to have dinner at each other's houses. And then we got tired of cooking and bringing food, so we started meeting at restaurants.

How many members do you have now? We have approximately 10 people right now. Usually we can only get eight books from the library, but sometimes someone is out of town or something, so, so far we seem to have had enough [books]. But if not, we can get more books from another library in a nearby county. Or sometimes we have also shared: People do read faster than others and will sometimes share the book.

What book are members reading this month? We're reading The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. It's also a film. ... There was a time when we would read the book and then go to the movie. I think the last movie we saw was Harry Potter. We read that book last year and then we went to the movie.

With your group being all adults, how did the Harry Potter book go over? It was very good. I think everybody enjoyed it. In fact, a few of us have gone back and read more of them. The third book, I think it was, seemed to be a little bit more advanced then the first two. I think teen-agers would like it.

Are there any other books that the group especially liked? One of the older ones that we liked was Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. We enjoyed the way [the author] built the characters up. They were really quite unique.

Are there any books that haven't gone over well for the group? There were a couple that [contained] fairly interesting information, but we found them fairly boring [to read]: My Spy: Memoir of a CIA Wife by Bina Cady Kiyonaga and Jimmy Carter's An Hour Before Daylight.

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