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Low Maintenance Book Club

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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!

ONLINE: Low Maintenance Book Club: Big Books Edition reads David Copperfield

They say go big or go home--we’re doing both! Duke University Libraries Low Maintenance Book Club goes online to present the Big Books Edition. We’re reading those hefty novels that you always meant to get around to, but….

Over three monthly meetings, we’ll discuss Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield (just in time to watch The Personal History of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel). The first meeting will take place on Zoom, Tuesday, April 21st, noon-1pm EST and cover the Preface through Chapter 18. 

Electronic copies of David Copperfield can be found through Duke University Libraries and most public libraries. 

Although the readings are longer, the low maintenance attitude is the same. We’re all dealing with a lot right now! Join as you like, discuss as much as you want--or just hang out and enjoy the company. Everyone is welcome. Just RSVP so we know how many to expect, and we’ll send out a Zoom link the morning of the meeting. 

Meeting Two, Tuesday May 26th, noon-1pm EST

Meeting Three, Tuesday June 23rd, noon-1pm EST

We hope you’ll join us!

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).