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American Women's Club of Hamburg

Book Club

About Us

The AWC Book Club officially relaunched in July 2015. We are a group of happy readers who meet once a month (except August and December) between 7 and 10 pm at members’ homes, cafes and restaurants around Hamburg.

Apart from discussing our monthly book we also take up general questions about literature: What is a good book? What makes a book worth reading? The first book that got me hooked? How does reading influence us and our outlook on the world? How much influence does literature have?
You are very welcome to join us at any time! When you attend a meeting we do hope you have read the book that we are going to discuss.

List of books we have read and disussed
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Americanah by Chimamanda by Ngozi Adichie
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
The Children Act by Ian McEwan 

Discussion on The Children Act by Ian McEwan and our book for June 2016

Dear Book Club Members,
Thanks a lot to Carol for hosting our latest book club meeting on Wednesday May 14 in her beautiful home! We had such a cosy and inspiring evening while talking about Ian McEwan's latest novel The Children Act. This is a book we can recommend to anybody who likes to have existential and religious issues analyzed in a knowledgable manner by a highly skilled author with a minimum of words.

Our next meeting will take place a week later than usually, i.e., not on the third but fourth Wednesday of the month, namely on June 22 at Lili H's home in Hamburg-Eppendorf. Please feel welcome to join our reading group from 7 pm on. Alluding to the fact that our book club meets on Wednesdays we choose The Wednesday Clubby Finnish-Swedish author Kjell Westö. 

Kjell Westö has been described as the Nordic region’s most important interpreter of the grand themes of  political history, and how they have affected people’s lives and thoughts. Westö is not content to describe historical events, but he takes a firm grip on his documentary material and does with it what he wants. He mixes facts and fiction in a playful way and blows holes in the convention of the historical novel. At the same time he presents a picture of the unpredictability of emotional life and the random writing of history. 

Kjell Westö's novel The Wednesday Club was awarded the Nordic Council award 2014.

Looking forward to seeing you all in June. I am sending you sunny greetings from Helsinki (where, by the way, Kjell Westö will be my future next door neighbor). Gaby

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