Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: Office Book Clubs Are All The Rage

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There are an estimated 5 million Americans who belong to a book club and increasingly they are doing it on the job.

Jonathan Wasserstrum, CEO and founder of the New York City commercial real estate and office space company SquareFoot, came up with the idea to start a book club in his office.

"It's a time to get us together, not talking about work, not at a bar," Wasserstrum said.

Every month, they book a meeting room, order lunch and gather around a table to talk about their latest read, which alternates between fiction and non-fiction.

"This is kind of allowing people to be more open in a very safe space and you learn about them in a very different way," SquareFoot's book club coordinator Eliza Bell said.

In this era of staring at screens and communicating online, isolation is a common storyline and gathering to talk in person might seem novel.

Companies including Warby Parker and Zappos are among those getting on board with an office book club.

Looking to start your own book club? Check out WCBS 880's Author Talks podcast to find your next read.