Book Groups

History Was Insane: The Empress Wu Duology by Weina Dai Randel

History Was Insane: The Empress Wu Duology by Weina Dai Randel

Good historical fiction will remind book groups that there is more in history to amaze, shock, and stun than in George R. R. Martin’s historically-inspired fantasy. When it comes to court intrigue, jealousy, revenge, and long-game power plays, history’s annals are full of horror, heartbreak, bloodshed, subterfuge, and tyranny of epic scope. Weina Dai Randel’s duology […]

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Good Books for Book Groups: Whiskey & Charlie by Annabel Smith

Good Books for Book Groups: Whiskey & Charlie by Annabel Smith

Last week, the LIT book club discussed the novel Whiskey & Charlie, an Australian book published here in the United States last year. Originally titled Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot, this is the story of twin brothers who grow apart as they grow up. Whiskey and Charlie are nearly inseparable as kids. They use walkie talkies to […]

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Luck’s New Book Club Is Young Readers’ Good Fortune

Luck’s New Book Club Is Young Readers’ Good Fortune

On Monday, the darling of the Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, launched an online book club. Before you start questioning Luck’s agenda, let me clarify, this is not a club to promote or sell Luck books—he is a genuine and avid reader who wants to share the joy. The Wall Street Journal recently revealed Luck to […]

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Get to Know the International Book Club

Get to Know the International Book Club

The International Book Club reads books by international authors, although they occasionally throw in an American title if the book has an international theme. These lovely ladies enjoy meeting at a local wine bar in sunny Lakeland Florida, where they enjoy drinking as they discuss. All members actively contribute book recommendations. Leader: Barbara Stampfl   […]

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Get to Know the 4300 Book Club

Get to Know the 4300 Book Club

This book group was started to foster community among neighbors in a lakefront Chicago high-rise. More than a decade later, it offers its members a forum to discuss books freely while reading widely across every genre. Every member contributes equally to the selection and discussion of books, and the group’s organizer emphasizes the importance of keeping meetings enjoyable for […]

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Good Books for Book Groups: Jon Krakauer’s Missoula

Good Books for Book Groups: Jon Krakauer’s Missoula

This month, the LIT book club tackled the challenging but worthwhile Missoula, the story of a small college town with a big football program and a very visible rape problem. Reading about multiple rapes is sobering, but Krakauer uses these stories as a framework to discuss why sexual assaults happen with such regularity and how […]

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Get to Know the Seekonk Public Library Nonfiction Book Group

Get to Know the Seekonk Public Library Nonfiction Book Group

The nonfiction reading group of Seekonk Public Library, Massachusetts, reads narrative nonfiction. This group is only a year old, so the leader, Ben Phinney, has had the recent opportunity to think about the best ways to build and grow a core group of dedicated readers—he has some great advice for groups just getting started.   […]

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Get to Know the Spring Lake Bookbreak Book Club

Get to Know the Spring Lake Bookbreak Book Club

Based in Spring Lake, North Carolina, this group reads mostly authors from their state. They make their reading selections using resources like our own magazine and Random House’s Reader’s Circle. Gloria Nelson, the group’s leader, selects 15 books from which the group then chooses their nine selections for the year. Leader: Gloria Nelson Years of […]

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Good Books for Book Groups: Andy Weir’s The Martian

Good Books for Book Groups: Andy Weir’s The Martian

Last month, the LIT book group read The Martian by Andy Weir. We’d had it on the shortlist for quite a while but decided that February offered perfect timing, with the Barrington Area Library celebrating Barrington Creates, a community-wide initiative that encourages everyone channel their inner maker. Things don’t get much more creative than they do in The Martian. A sandstorm on […]

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Get to Know the Romance Lovers Book Club

Get to Know the Romance Lovers Book Club

This group reads widely across the genre, enjoying romances that dip into science fiction, historical fiction, and westerns—they also discuss two books a month. They have a month devoted to young adult and new adult romances, where they’ve had their most heated discussions—they say male teen angst can sometimes look like misogyny. Watch out for […]

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