Book Club

 

LIKE TO READ & DISCUSS BOOKS?

Then you need to join our book club that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month at the home of Bob Franklin and Lenna Webb, 17201 Hidden Glen Drive, Dallas 75248.  We all bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer or dessert to share during our discussions which are lead by Nancy Brumley.  If you would like to be added to the group roster to receive reminders and information on our book selections, sign up below or call Nancy at (972) 644-3058

Our selection for the November, 14, 2017 meeting is:

“Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken

The title, in case you didn’t notice, is intended to make us laugh — or more likely, to chuckle, typical of much of the faux self-deprecating show-biz humor that runs through this book — a combination of memoir, political manual and party-line position papers.

The position-paper material — global warming, for instance, and the health care arguments that have been aired to exhaustion — take up a good deal of space and are strictly for true believers, although Sen. Franken tries to keep people awake by interjecting jokes and wisecracks.

But it’s another matter with his narrative of his early years, interestingly and freshly written, featuring his hard-working middle-class family; his wife Franni, to whom he’s been married for 41 years (there’s a poignant story here about her bout with alcoholism); and the pleasure he takes in his own children and grandchildren.

He describes his work as author and radio host (albeit never as successful as his nemesis Rush Limbaugh — talk radio belongs to the right), and his experiences as an early member of the original cast of “Saturday Night Live,” a show that can claim a pivotal place in the history of American entertainment.