John Adams Family


We are pleased to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the founding of our Book Club. The John Adams Book Club meets monthly to discuss a book from the rich range of American literature, fiction and non-fiction, from classics to current bestsellers. Our objective is to explore American culture in its myriad aspects – literature, art, politics, history, race relations, landscape, economy, education, science, technology, society.

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 discussions 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.

During Covid-19 meetings are virtual on Zoom, one Thursday evening a month, beginning at 19:00. The is a €20 annual fee, payable in September, for each member. Anyone who is interested in joining can attend one discussion without paying the annual fee.

Book Club members can purchase tickets for John Adams Institute events at the reduced Members price.

The size of each discussion group is limited to 15 persons to facilitate discussion. For more information about membership, contact Glen at

For August we will read and discuss Pulitzer Prize winning A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Ms Egan, who visited the the John Adams in 2018 to discuss her novel Manhattan Beach, joins Lauren Groff and George Packer as authors with two books discussed by the Book Club.

“For a book so relentlessly savvy about the digital age and its effect on how we experience time (speeded up, herky-jerky, instantaneous, but also full of unbearable gaps and pauses), “A Visit From the Goon Squad” is remarkably old-fashioned in its obsession with time’s effects on characters, that preoccupation of those doorstop 19th-century novels. Hanging over Egan’s book is a sense that human culture is changing at such warp speed that memory itself must adapt to keep pace.” Will Blyth, New York Times, 8 July 2010

Virtual Discussion on Zoom, Thursday, 20 August, 19:00


For a list of books we have previously read click here.