John Adams Family


In continuation of its mission to support American culture in Amsterdam, the John Adams Institute has its very own book club. Coordinator of the John Adams Book Club is Glen Kendall, an Amsterdam-based American with a life-long passion for books. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he is also one of the authors in The War We Would Forget: Dartmouth Veterans and the Vietnam War.

Glen coordinates the selection of books and the discussions based on recommendations from the Club members.  The objective is to explore the rich range of American literature, fiction and non-fiction, from classics to current best sellers. The discussions at the Book Club are always animated, very interesting and highly enjoyable. We have assembled an excellent group of members with different backgrounds and life experiences.  And the refreshments after the discussion allow for more informal conversation.

The John Adams Book Club meets once a month. Members can choose either the Wednesday or the Thursday meeting.  There is currently a waiting list for both evenings.  New places open periodically.  For full details and to be added to the waiting list, send an email to Glen at

Book Club Members receive a 10% discount on any books purchased at Athenaeum.

WhereAthenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14 – 16, Amsterdam
When: November 8 and 9 and November 29 & 30
Time: 19.00-20.30

We will next discuss:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Nov 29 & 30)

This is the second monthly discussion for November, just prior to Mr. Whitehead presenting his National Book Award winning novel on December 6 at JAI.“Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, tells the story of Cora, a teenage slave who runs away from a Georgia cotton plantation with a literate new arrival named Caesar. They board the Underground Railroad together, which in Whitehead’s conception is an actual railroad winding beneath the earth. Ridgeway, a ruthless slave catcher employed by her former master, pursues Cora through an alternate American South in which each state she journeys to is a different world, all of them terrifying both in their depiction and proximity to historical truth.” (Lauren Wilkinson, National Book Awards)

For a list of books for autumn 2017, click here.

For a list of the books we’ve read previously, click here.