This year I will be sitting in for one of KCPL’s favorite book group leaders of one of KCPL’s most lively book groups. Gayla wanted to take a little break and I was happy to step up and handle biblio-chat duties for her.
Our Tuesday night group is Women Who Dare and these readers like to focus on books and authors with a focus on topics of particular interest to women. This group likes to discuss historical and political nonfiction, literary fiction, and at the end of the year, they don’t mind reading something on the lighter side. Here’s this year’s line up. We’ve already had our discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and then we screened the movie for our Read It/Watch It series. I’ll post details about those meetings later. The discussion of Atwood’s most popular and polarizing novel was one of the best I’ve experienced in a long time.
You may recognize some of the titles from previous lists. I try not to overlap too much, but if a book is successful in one group, I’m always willing to try it with another. Here’s the rest of our list for 2011.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery–a favorite of the Downtowners Book Group from last year’s list.
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff–multiple group interest in this title has it on reading lists for two groups.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford–a recent United We Read selection from Kansas City’s community wide reading project.
Unwise Passions: A True Story of a Remarkable Woman by Alan Pell Crawford
The Help by Kathryn Stockett–everyone else is reading it, why shouldn’t we?
The Book Thief by Morris Zusak–a teen favorite with adult appeal.
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain–to be read in conjunction with the world premiere ballet of the same name at the grand opening of the new performing arts center in Kansas City.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow–a recent selection from YALSA’s Alex Award committee.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave–an ALA Notable Books Council selection from last year.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer–an area book club favorite