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HR Book Club Consumes Lunch and Lit

(Photo: Jeff Watts)

Ravenous readers unite!

Once a month, 5–10 bookworms in Human Resources gather over lunch to talk plot and dish over the details of their latest page-turner. Since it began in June 2008, the club—which favors contemporary fiction—has read bestsellers including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Out Stealing Horses. This month’s selection is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

According to Kelley Lundbohm, Human Resources records specialist, who coordinates the club, each member suggests a book and the group votes on a selection. There’s only one rule: the book must be new to everyone in the club.

“We find that keeps the discussion fresh,” she said. “Reading books that we might not choose for ourselves is interesting.”

Lundbohm said the book club is “a morale boost, and a great way to get to know coworkers from different parts of the office.

“Most times, our discussion runs long because there’s just so much to talk about.”

Lundbohm and her club might well find their next selection at Staff Council’s spring book and media swap, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bender Arena. Employees are invited to dust off their gently used books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, vinyl, and more and trade them for something new. For more information, contact James Helms at helms@american.edu.

FACULTY AND STAFF: Does your office have a book club? Does your department host monthly potlucks? We want to hear about your exercise groups and knitting circles. E-mail your stories to afrank@american.edu.