The Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library is proud to feature our fourth Grosse Pointe Book Club– from the Senior Men’s Group of Grosse Pointe. The Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe is a social and civic club that has served senior men of the Grosse Pointes for more than 55 years. Luncheon meetings with guest speakers are held at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial twice a month, and the Club maintains a number of sub-clubs for members interested in activities such as golf, tennis, bowling, bridge, and investments. One such sub-club is the Readers, a book club that meets monthly in the homes of its members to discuss works of fiction, biography, history, science, politics or other subjects. Each month the member that suggested the book leads the discussion and each member has a chance to either praise or pan the selection. After each meeting, Frank Markey, our reporter, reviews the discussion for the Club newsletter.
Each year, the members meet to vote on the books to be read in the coming year. For the December meeting, members bring to read some of their favorite poetry selections. The Readers has been in existence for nearly twenty years.
Books on the Readers’ list for 2014 include Bring Up the Bodies, I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, George Washington’s Secret Six, The Orphan Master’s Son, The Boys in the Boat, A Wicked War, Twelve Years a Slave, Dirty Wars, The Goldfinch, and The Aviators. In prior years the Readers read and discussed works such as Henry Kissinger’s China, Walter Issacson’s biography Steve Jobs, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design and works of fiction by authors such as John Grisham, Scott Turow, Gillian Flynn, Tracy Chevalier, and many others.