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Big Book Club's "Ides of Middlemarch"

Our Mission: To Read Really Big Books, Talk About them Online, and Cheer Each Other On In Our Reading (When Necessary).

Each week librarians Jennie, Megan and Pete ask and answer questions that come up during our online Sunday night discussion, drop pop-culture references, talk to guest experts, and more.

A Production of the Arlington Public Library, Arlington Virginia

Mar 26, 2019

For our final week of Middlemarch we were joined by guest host Heather, who loves soup with pasta, baseball of all kinds, as well as the work of Charles Dickens.

Missing Middlemarch? We have a book list for you! Thanks to Gale for getting it started.

Things we plan to read after Middlemarch:

  • Heather - Ron Chernow's...


Mar 19, 2019

This week we were joined by return-guest host Gale, who we happened to find out loves horror books and films.

Palate cleansers -


Mar 12, 2019

This week we were joined by guest host Elisia, who loves fountain pens and board games.

This week's notes include:

Pi Day, celebrated on March 14, which corresponds with 3.14

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. The Romans did not number days of a month from the first to the...


Mar 5, 2019

A Big Book Club mini episode about Arlington Reads Signature Author Susan Orlean's "The Library Book."

References include:

Susan Orlean appeared on episode 158 of the Lady Lady podcast

"Adaptation," based on Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief"

"Life's Swell" - Susan Orlean's 1998 article about girls surfing in Maui is now...


Feb 28, 2019

This week we were joined by guest host Vicky, who loves dogs (she has 3) and books.

We discussed:

The 1834 Poor Law, which ensured that the poor were housed in workhouses, clothed and fed. Children who entered the workhouse would receive some schooling. In return for this care, all workhouse paupers would have to work...