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 Wednesday or  Thursday meeting.  The club meets at  Athenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14-16, Amsterdam, 19:00 – 20:30 with informal conversation and drinks afterwards.

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

For details about membership, send an email to Glen at

Our sessions for the summer of 2018 are fully booked.  We are reading:

– Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

– Some poetry by Robert Frost

– Open Range by Annie Proulx

Our autumn sessions will begin on September 5 and 6.  The books for discussion will be announced on August 1.

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