Reading Group

  • 10 Oct 2018
  • 12 Dec 2018
  • 3 sessions
  • 10 Oct 2018, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 14 Nov 2018, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 12 Dec 2018, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • See event details.

The Canadian Club of Belgium,
The American Club of Brussels &
The American Women's Club of Brussels

welcome you to our Reading Group
on the second Wednesday of the month
[7:00–9:00 p.m.]

(CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

We ask you to present a book of your choice (U.S. or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

Reading Group Contact
(also for venue details)
Geneviève Bergiers
Tel. 02/660.57.65

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2018 date open for your suggestions: December 12
 On October 10, Heidi Hunter will present

In the Garden of the Beats
by Erik Larson

It is the early 1930’s and George Messersmith, the American Consul General in Nazi Germany, learns of an attack on an American by Nazi soldiers. He realizes that Germany is gearing up for a war of conquest, but he cannot make the government in Washington understand this. The new ambassador is due to arrive soon and the job of providing vital perspective to Washington will be someone else’s to navigate.

In 1933, William E. Dodd, a Democrat from North Carolina, is seeking a change from his professorship at the University of Chicago to finish his book series on the Old South. Franklin D. Roosevelt is seeking for someone to fill the position of ambassador to Germany and is having difficulty finding anyone who will accept it. He approaches Dodd, number 25 on his list, who accepts the position so he can have one last time with his entire family: his wife; his son, Bill, Jr.; and his daughter, Martha (who is in the midst of divorcing her husband). The family sails to Germany and establishes themselves in a luxury hotel in Berlin. Dodd gives himself the mission to convince America that the bleak picture the press has painted of Nazi Germany is inaccurate, that in fact the people are pleasant and the country is beautiful.

This historical fiction account of the years leading up to World War II provides intriguing background on the perspectives of the U.S., the press, the role of U.S. diplomacy and the Dodd family personal choices in the development of events.  Themes such as “fake news”, heroism, bravery, fear and persecution of outsiders and the role of journalistic freedom feature in this intriguing perspective to the beginning of the war. 

Venue: please contact

On November 14Sujin Chan-Allen will present

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Sillicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

Synopsis: Bad Blood chronicles the sensational rise and collapse of Theranos, the multi-billion dollar tech startup. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes made giant waves in Silicon Valley. A Stanford dropout who bedazzled even prominent investors and business executives, her startup "unicorn" promised  to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. However, the technology did not work. To cover this up, Theranos silenced critics with extremely aggressive tactics. 

Noted as the "biggest corporate fraud" since Enron, the story charts the inner workings of Theranos and the extreme hubris that ultimately led to disintegration of the company and prosecution in 2018. 

Author: John Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist with The Wall Street Journal. He has worked for the paper since 1999 and has been based in Brussels, Paris, and New York. John Carreyrou was born to French journalist Gérard Carreyrou. His mother is American. He grew up in France. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

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