Book Club Profile: Questers (Aug. 26, 2012)

The Questers book club, represented here by Vicki Cady and Jane Luellen, has been going since the early 1990s. The group, which meets monthly, has about 20 people and has an open discussion about the month’s book rather than a lecture or presentation format. The member who chooses the book does the research on it and serves as a moderator.

The Questers club has had several authors attend and talk about their books, including Clare Vanderpool, Jack DeBoer and Charles Koch.

Sometimes the meetings get creative: for example, with the book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” the hosting member wrote the Isle of Guernsey requesting old copies of newspapers and for lunch served authentic fish and chips in Guernsey newspaper.

What was the most recent book you discussed?

“Behind The Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo

What did people think of that book?

The book club liked “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” mostly due to the way in which the moderator led the discussion. We talked about each person in the book as if they were a character in a novel. That made the story more narrative and less like a documentary — we talked about the poverty, corruption, caste system and culture of Mumbai with respect to each character. It was a terrific discussion and we all learned a lot.

What book sparked the most discussion, and why?

We tend to look for books that are character-driven rather than plot-driven because we think they lead to better discussions.

“The Submission” by Amy Waldman, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand and “Homer and Langley” by E.L. Doctorow have led to some good discussions.

What has been the club’s favorite book, and why?

We each have our own favorites.