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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

Jul 27, 2018

This week's references include:

Tanic Acid as a clotting agent, or, Stop Bleeding, Heal Wounds, and Soothe Sunburns with a Tea Bag

All kind of Scrying explained

Mary Poppins carousel and fox hunt scene, and penguin dance scene.

Palate cleansers:

Jul 20, 2018

This week's episode guest produced and engineered by Pete.


The opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics - Russian commentary on this video seems to indicate that the ballet dancing is based on War and Peace, making it extra appropriate.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibit: Napoleon: Power and Splendor

Jul 12, 2018

This week's references include:

Good Morning Vietnam! - a 1987 American comedy-drama war film. Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, who proves hugely popular with the troops, but infuriates his superiors with what they call...

Jul 6, 2018

This week's especially silly references include:

 From War and Peace -

War and Peace on Archive of Our Owna different fanfiction website. Be aware that there are separate categories for the book,...