John Adams Family


Now in its sixth year, the monthly Book Club discussion focuses on one instance of the richness of American literature – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, old and new. Our objective is to explore American culture in its myriad aspects – literature, art, politics, history, race relations, landscape, economy, education, science, technology, society. Discussions are in English.

Glen Kendall, an American living in Amsterdam, coordinates the selection of books and the discussions based on recommendations from the members. We have assembled an excellent group of members with different backgrounds and life experiences. The discussions are always animated, very interesting and highly enjoyable. For a list of books the Club has read, click here.​

Currently, the Club meets at 7:00 PM twice a month, a Wednesday on Zoom and the day after, Thursday, at Athenaeum Boekhandelon the Spui (fully vaccinated members only). The same book is discussed at both sessions. Member can choose either session. There is an annual membership fee to cover the cost of the Zoom licence and to reimburse expenses for the in-person meetings. It is expected that members will participate in at least nine of the twelve monthly discussions. The size of each discussion group is limited. For more information about membership, contact Glen at Book Club members can purchase tickets for John Adams Institute events at the reduced Members price.


May Book
Gary Shteyngart – Our Country Friends

May 18, 7pm – on Zoom & May 19, 7pm – In-person at Athenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14-16, Amsterdam (fully vacinated members only)