John Adams Family


Now in its fifth 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. Click here for for a list of books we have read and discussed.

During Covid-19 meetings are virtual on Zoom, one Thursday evening a month, beginning at 19:00. There is a €10 annual membership fee to cover the Zoom license and incidental expenses. 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.

October Book
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stroud, a Pulitzer Prize winner

“It is a sign of Strout’s mastery that the deceptively simple novel weaves together three story lines seamlessly: the story of young Lucy growing up impoverished in rural Illinois, the story of her reunion with her estranged mother in the hospital, and the story of her becoming a writer against the backdrop of AIDS-stricken New York in the 1980s.” LA Review of Books

Virtual Discussion on Zoom, Thursday, 15 October, 19:00.