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Low Maintenance Book Club

Who We Are

The Low Maintenance Book Club provides space for members of the Duke community to connect over reading.  Realizing how busy people are (and how much reading you probably have to do for classwork and research), we focus on quick reads.  We will read texts like short stories, graphic novels, interesting short essays, poetry, etc.  We hope you will join us for some fun and thought provoking conversations!

Low Maintenance Book Club Recommends

Since we won't be meeting in person this spring, we're making recommendations for books to add to your TBR pile!  We're focusing on light-hearted and cozy reads.  If you're interested in joining our email conversation and hearing what other members of the Low Maintenance Book Club are reading, contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (, and she'll make sure you get added to the discussion.  You can also see many of the titles being recommended under More Reading Suggestions.

Last Broad Brand Discussion Canceled

We've canceled the April Discussion

This spring, the Low Maintenance Book Club will be reading selections from Claire L. Evan's Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet over three meetings. Spanning decades, this book profiles key figures who made advances in programming and technology that led to the online world of today.

Each meeting will feature stand-along selections from this book, so attendance at each meeting is not necessary to following along. 

Multiple copies of this book are available at Duke University Libraries & Durham County Library.


Spring 2020 meeting schedule:

  • January 22, 5:30pm: Introduction (p. 1-5) and Chapter 2: "Amazing Grace" (p. 27-53)
  • March 4, 5:30pm : Chapter 6: "The Longest Cave" (p. 83-94) and Chapter 10: "Hypertext" (p.153-174).
  • April 7, 5:30pm: Chapter 13: "The Girl Gamers" (p. 222-236) and the Epilogue (p. 237-242). Canceled.

Light snacks will be served. We’ll be meeting in Bostock 127 (The Edge Workshop Room).