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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 23, 2019

In chapters 71-86, no amount of action could keep us from feeling sedated by the seemingly endless chapters on phrenology... Although maybe all of Moby-Dick would improve if read like a jazz poem?

Chapter 79: The Prairie - read like an experimental jazz poem by the Mob-Dick Big Read project

Before Dave Malloy's new...

Jul 18, 2019

This week we tackled the most action packed reading yet, chapters 60-70, in which we encountered bloody whale killing, racial stereotyping, and ugly power structures.

Palate cleansers:

Jul 10, 2019

In discussing chapters 42-59, we mentioned  "The Card Turner," a YA novel by Louis Sachar.

Also, giant squid are scary, Fedallah's whaleboat crew are eerie, and and Melville is not subtle.

Palate cleansers: