This morning I saw this article on male-only book clubs that have been springing up around the country. Here's a fantastic quote from the piece:
"'We used to just sit around and drink beer and read Charles Bukowski, nothing great," says Pride, 51, of Quincy. 'But the other night we were talking about evil. Drinking our red wine and talking about evil. We're moving into a deeper dimension. We don't want to read junk.'"
Groups may focus instead on a shared topic of interest, like history, sports, or even poetry. Other book groups don't read the assigned book at all, but use the time as a chance to catch up with old friends. Whatever the reason, book clubs are a great way for men to build a sense of community and fellowship. Here's a quick little list of titles that might work, depending on the book club.
I'm thrilled to be debuting the first trailer for Michael Perry's upcoming book, Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting. Coop follows Michael Perry, author of Truck: A Love Story and Population: 485, as he migrates to the country with his pregnant wife and daughter, attempting to reconnect with the earth, with neighbors, and with a deeper meaning for life. Faced with thirty-seven acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home, Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.
Whether Perry is recalling his childhood ("I first perceived my father as a farmer the night he drove home with a giant lactating Holstein tethered to the bumper of his Ford Falcon") or what it's like to be bitten in the butt while wrestling a pig ("two firsts in one day"), Coop is filled with the humor his readers have come to expect. Check out the video and let us know what you think!