My book club started during the Reagan administration. The original members all worked at KPIX television in San Francisco, and somehow we discovered we all had a passion for good literature, serious stuff as opposed to best-sellers. We also discovered we’d all come of age during a time when the classics had been set aside in most higher education literature classes and replaced by what was alleged to be more relevant material. We had a hunger for reading what we’d missed—Tolstoy, Henry James, Jane Austen and the like—so that became our focus. And we’d read fiction exclusively.