Lakeshore East book club draws literature lovers
By Stephanie Racine | Staff Writer
Book clubs within the city are tailored to just about any genre a Chicagoan could want. There’s a book club for Sci-Fi lovers, and for fantasy titles like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Certain book clubs have tangential draws, like discussions over wine or brunch, while others focus on deep conversations about the reading.
Here in Lakeshore East, residents have their own book club, combining all of the above genres. The Lakeshore East Book Club meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., on the 16th floor of the Tides party room. The book club is open to all Lakeshore East residents.
The Lakeshore East book club reads an assortment of books every year, with participants volunteering to lead book discussions each month. Book genres vary between fiction and nonfiction, and attendees often bring snacks, wine or dessert to be
shared. Books are also carefully sequenced so similar themes or lengthy novels are
not read back-to-back. In September, the members vote on 11 titles they will read
the following year. In addition, members also read whichever winning title is select-
ed by the city-wide reading program One Book, One Chicago.
“I joined the Lakeshore East Book Club to create friendships and meet new people,”
said New Eastside resident Nina Anderson.The group agreed that the book club instills a sense of community between its members. Although they discuss the readings in depth, the participants also catch up with one another. The area buildings and management teams have a hand in supporting the book club. For residents hoping to join the Lakeshore East Book Club, the next meeting will be held March 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the book Shoot Like a Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar.
For more information about the book club, email Vanessa Casciano, community relations director at Magellan Development. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Must read books about Chicago
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
This nonfiction work describes the events
of the World’s Columbian Exhibition, and
mostly focuses on its organizer Burnham
and the infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The novel is bluntly realistic in its portrayals
of workers and working conditions in Chicago,
before the enforcement of workers’ rights.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisernos
Consisting of small vignettes, the work is a
unique glimpse into the Latino community
in Chicago. Chicago Eternal by Larry Broutman
A nonfiction examination of overlooked
and notorious places of burial in Chicago