A few weeks ago, the other Summer Associates and I went to lunch with Michelle Weber. We all listened intently as Brian described his interest in space photography and Kayla confessed her love of horror films. This summer, one of my goals was to read more books. After mentioning a few books I recently read and enjoyed, Michelle and I realized that our reading lists overlapped. One after another, we threw out names of books we had both just read.

Soon after that lunch, I received an email invitation to an informal women’s book club which meets for lunch every few weeks. The book for the meeting was Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris; Michelle selected it after having loved reading it herself. Inspired by a real photograph illustrating four children for sale, Sold on a Monday is the story of a reporter who finds a sign advertising children for sale during the Great Depression.

While Jessica rolled into the meeting steaming about the book’s predictability, opinions of the book varied. As we shared our thoughts on the plot and the development of the characters (or, according to Jessica, the lack thereof), I listened the differing perspectives. It seemed that everyone noticed different aspects of the characters and the storyline. To me, that is the best part of a book club.

As the meeting drew to a close, the others selected a book for the next lunch. Unfortunately, the Summer Program ends before then, so I won’t be able to attend; however, I left the lunch appreciative of the fact that a group like this one exists at Bilzin Sumberg. Each person there took time out of a busy schedule to coordinate and discuss a book, just for the joy of reading. As a Summer Associate, the book club is just one example of the many ways the attorneys at Bilzin Sumberg brings people who share similar interests together.