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Book Club in Largo, MD

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Last year, we featured five of our favorite books to read during the summer. This year the Truman Park Blog is featuring the books, snacks, and tips you need to start a book club. Summer is the perfect time of year for reading. Life slows down, the sun comes out, and suddenly you have more time to settle down in your air-conditioned Truman Park apartment with a good book. Head to your local library here in Largo, MD for a book, gather your friends and discuss the controversial ending to that mystery novel. Read on to learn more.
Book Recommendations

Woolgathering by Patti Smith

A great book about becoming an artist, Woolgathering tells of a youngster finding herself as she learns the noble vocation of woolgathering, ‘a worthy calling that seemed a good job for me.’ She discovers often at night, often in nature the pleasures of rescuing ‘a fleeting thought.’ Deeply moving, Woolgathering calls up our own memories, as the child ‘glimpses and gleans, piecing together a crazy quilt of truths.’ Smith introduces us to her tribe, ‘a race of cloud dwellers,’ and to the fierce, vital pleasures of cloud watching and stargazing and wandering.”

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion

“The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America particularly California in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.”

Snacks

Make a literary snack for your next book club. In Literature is a blog that makes literature-themed snacks that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Having a book club meeting on an early summer morning? Try making these Sleepy Hollow slapjacks. Use buckwheat flour, eggs, whole cream milk,  and white sugar to make them. Fry these flapjacks in butter and top them with honey or treacle. Click the link to learn more.

Is your book club re-reading the Harry Potter series? Bake a treacle tart. Mix golden syrup, grated lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh breadcrumbs together over the stove to make the filling and use a shortbread crust (homemade or storebought) to finish off the pie. You will love the simple sweetness of this delicious pie.

Tips

The first thing you need to decide is which genre you will be reading. Will you focus on fiction? Nonfiction? Mystery? Science fiction? Literary fiction? Once you’ve picked your focus, advertise! Try to find friends who have similar tastes in books as you. Reach out on Facebook, call up your friends, or simply get onto Goodreads to find a good reading group. Real Simple has a complete book club checklist that you should check out if you’d like even more advice on starting your own book club this month.

Do you have any book recommendations for us? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!