>But apparently not. Where I think listening to instead of reading a book-club selection might get you in trouble would be if another member challenged you to point out textual evidence for whatever point you were making. When the book under discussion is He’s Just Not That Into You, however, maybe that problem doesn’t come up.
Jon Scieszka discusses his wife’s book club in the September Horn Book, saying that more often than not the book is peripheral to the discussion, which centers more on what’s going on in the members’ lives. What we used to call a kaffeeklatsch. And that’s why guys tend to not like them. We tried one once at the Horn Book–the book was Sapphire’s Push–and it was not very successful. I blame the book, though.