Third Tuesday Book Club’s favorite reads over 50 years

“Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner

“Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett

“Birdsong” by Sebastian Faulks

“A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter M. Miller Jr.

“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

“Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The Magus” by John Fowles

“The Nine Tailors” by Dorothy L. Sayers

“Stones for Ibarra” by Harriet Doerr

Third Tuesday Book Club’s rules for book club success

1. Pick a day (not a date) and stick with it. That way, there is no “best day for you” haggling.

2. Pick a weekday or weeknight. Weekends are too busy.

3. Have plenty of food and drink. Especially drinks.

4. No children.

5. No talking about children.

6. No spouses.

7. Talking about spouses is acceptable, especially if you’re mad at them.

8. Keep the group small. Twelve is best, allowing each member to host once over the course of a year.

9. Have each member take a turn picking the next month’s book. The selector buys everyone the book, eliminating library and bookstore scrambles.

10. Gather around a table, rather than around a room. That centers the conversation.