February's reading schedule: Joseph Heller's 'Catch-22'


Hello everyone. As devoted Book Club participants have long-since realized, this month's selection is Joseph Heller's Catch-22. It's one of the great novels of the 20th century, both wrenchingly sad and uproariously funny, so iconic that its title has joined our common vocabulary. It is also a book I have not read. Whatever the reason — rural public schooling, a distant mother, lack of proper nutrition — I'm one of those rare people deprived of Catch-22's virtues. But this month I remedy that injustice. We remedy it.

This is a long book and a short month; there's also some tricky chronological juggling in the plot. So I've done my best to define manageable chunks that don't leave us with weird cliffhangers or too much temporal dislocation. (Your results may vary.) Let's go!

February 7: Chapters 1-11

February 14: Chapters 12-20

February 21: Chapters 21-28

February 28: Chapters 29-42