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Go Beyond the Assigned Title

A reader of this blog queried some time back about the additional resources that were shared at a discussion of Mary Doria Russell’s Dreamers of the Day, which I had talked about in one of my posts.  I had mentioned how book discussions can be enhanced when the leader brings additional resources to the meeting, to encourage participants to delve deeper into the book’s subject matter.

Here, then, are those titles, for any of you who are planning to utilize Dreamers of the Day in an upcoming discussion program — or for your own personal sampling, if you’ve read the book and would like to explore further.

Desert Queen: the Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia, by Janet Wallach.

Lawrence of Arabia: the Battle for the Arab World (a DVD videorecording).

Lawrence of Arabia: the Life, the Legend, by Malcolm Brown.

The Middle East: the History, the Cultures, the Conflicts, the Faiths (a Time publication).

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T. E. Lawrence.

And then, of course, there’s the DVD of David Lean’s prizewinning film, Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole.  That’s a masterpiece that gets better and better with each additional viewing!



About the Author:

Ted Balcom lives in Arlington Heights, IL and conducts workshops on leading book discussions, about which he has also published a book: Book Discussions for Adults: A Leader’s Guide (American Library Association, 1992).

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  1.' Gale Laure says:

    Nice article. Bringing extra resources to spur interest can also help in marketing a book to the public. An author could bring these things to book discussions and signings. GL

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