How to Start a Book Club That Doesn't Turn Into 'Lord of the Flies'
8 commandments from Hollywood's go-to guru.
For ELLE's thirtieth anniversary, we're serving up weekly life hacks from 12 expert coaches. Our second expert of the year is Julie Goler, a book club expert who curates monthly, 75-minute salons on titles carefully selected to promote both an emotional journey and intellectual conversation. (Some of her groups—which include celebrities, Hollywood execs, and stay-at-home moms alike—have been meeting for over a decade!) All this month on, Goler will give you the expert tools necessary to start a can't-miss meeting of your own.
Reading groups are a terrific way to continue the learning process, but your club should not be considered class, but rather an instrument for discussion. At your first get together, try and discuss a meaty-but-short story like Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" or Philip Roth's "Defender of the Faith" so that you have time to come up with a list of policies to which all members agree to adhere. This is important because, as you add members to your club along the way, everyone will be on the same page (logistically speaking). Below, my eight commandments for starting a successful book group