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Big Book Club's "What the Whale!"

Our Mission: To read really big books, talk about them online, and cheer each other on when necessary.

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

Previous books: War and Peace (summer 2018); Middlemarch (winter 2019)

The Big Book Club is a production of the Arlington Public Library, Arlington Virginia

Jun 28, 2018


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This week's references include:

Uruk hai - From the Lord of the Rings, the strongest species of Orc in Middle-earth (bad guys)

Stolen by the Duke - There is no Regency romance by this...

Jun 21, 2018

(This week we had some technical difficulties, so it sounds like we're recording from the bottom of a well. We apologize for any problems this may cause you in listening to the episode - we should be back to normal by next week!)

This week's references include: - "Picture yourself as a writer in the middle of...

Jun 14, 2018

This week's references include:

Thigh of Frightened Nymph apparently is still a color used to describe real things.

The Super Luxe History of Pineapples from Mentalfloss

Pineapple socks

Our palette cleansers -

Jun 7, 2018

This week's references include:

Pete's man purse

photo of a brown satchel with War and Peace sticking out of the top

Possible gadgets and accessories to make reading in bed easier.

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan

Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale of Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends

Our palate cleansers:

  • Megan - All the Marvel movies, but Age of Ultron most recently (and she loves