The American Society of Jalisco is housed in an elegant old house that once belonged to one of Guadalajara’s wealthy families.
The spacious rooms serve as a gathering place for English-speaking expatriates, who appreciate the company of like-minded people.
Because of a dwindling membership (down from a high of over 1,000 several years ago, to a little over 100 today), several of the rooms are rented out to local professionals. A thrift shop occupies what was once the garage.
An extensive lending library is available to members, and a shelf devoted to free books is open to anyone, and usually has one or two treasures. The day I stopped by I helped myself to The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, and On Beauty by Zadie Smith.
Every Thursday lunch is served, and afterwards many members participate in card games or simply indulge in lively conversations.
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