Many thanks to the Chicago Tribune for selecting me as its first Chicagoland Book Club Reader of the Week. I am honored. I have been in a continuous book club since 1977, and it has been a great educational as well as social experience for me. Originally the book club included just three of us, Jerry Schenwar, Art Fried and myself. Art eventually moved out East, and the current book club consists of Jerry and his wife Clara Sheffer, Judy and Howard Cohen, Beth and Andy Isaacs, and my wife, Anne O’Malley. Although some our selections have not been great over the years, what has been consistently great is the bond of friendship and mutual support among us.