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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

Feb 12, 2019

This week we were joined by Gale, our first guest host. We had a great discussion covering lustful eyes, the invention of stethoscopes, Edith Wharton, reform bills and more.


Gale mentions authors Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton and William Makepeace Thackeray ("Vanity Fair") as favorites.


Feb 5, 2019

While recording our January 15 "Ides of Middlemarch" episode, Megan's palate cleansers included the Netflix show, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo."

Pete mentioned a rumor that's been floating around social media about what Marie Kondo says about books.... and Jennie had a lot to say in order to set the record straight...

Jan 31, 2019

In which we have many feelings, especially about the importance of good footnotes and endnotes, as well as our disappointment in Fred, Lydgate, Mr. Garth and Casaubon.

This week's references include:

Folger Shakespeare Library Editions and "The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking...

Jan 22, 2019

What Makes a Book "Big"?

We thought that because "Middlemarch" only weighs in at the 700-800 page range (compared to the 1200+ pages of "War and Peace"), there would somehow be less characters and relationships to keep track of...

We were wrong.

Luckily, other intrepid readers have come before us! Charles found and...

Jan 15, 2019

We recorded this week's podcast a day late due to a snowstorm, but nothing could stop our first Sunday night group discussion on Goodreads! Today we got to Tuesday-morning quarterback the discussion.

Shownotes - is an education website aimed at students. The introduction and character analysis sections...