Book Groups

Get to Know the Women’s Book Group at the Women & Children First Book Store
By February 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Women’s Book Group at the Women & Children First Book Store

“Shop as Independently as You Think,” is the slogan for the Women & Children First book store in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The book store is one of the largest feminist book stores in the country and is a major player in Chicago-area independent bookselling. Along with author readings, panel discussions, and book launch parties, Women […]

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Get to Know the Uptown Girl’s Harlem Book Club
By February 2, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Uptown Girl’s Harlem Book Club

The Uptown Girl’s Harlem Book Club began meeting back in 2008 through Meetup.com—it now has 600 members. This group meets at restaurants to discuss their reading selections, but they plan other social outings as well, attending movie premiers and book fairs together. Anyone with an open mind who enjoys the spirit of fellowship is invited […]

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Destined for Discussion: Sharon Guskin’s The Forgetting Time and Virginia Reeves’ Work Like Any Other
By February 2, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Destined for Discussion: Sharon Guskin’s The Forgetting Time and Virginia Reeves’ Work Like Any Other

Two daring first novels offer rich fictional worlds and meaty themes sure to get book-clubbers talking. One of the many pleasures of reading fiction is discovering a compelling and imaginative new writer. And one of the joys of falling under the spell of an exciting first novel is sharing your enthusiasm. Choosing books by first-time […]

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Get to Know the Danvers High-School Book Group
By January 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Danvers High-School Book Group

We’re happy to have heard from all kinds of book groups for our Get to Know a Book Group series. This student book group from Danvers, Massachusetts, is both student and administrator directed, incorporating students’ reading goals while utilizing librarian recommendations and programming. Leader: Ms. Ann Distasio *     *     * When, […]

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Get to Know the Lark and Plunge Book Group
By January 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Lark and Plunge Book Group

This book group gets its name from the first lines of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway: “What a lark! What a plunge! For so it had always seemed to her, when, with a little squeak of the hinges, which she could hear now, she had burst open the French windows and plunged at Bourton into the […]

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Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!
By January 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!

The December 15, 2015 issue of Booklist was our Spotlight on Book Discussions issue, and we were fortunate to have Becky Spratford contribute her thoughts in “Support Groups for Book Discussion Leaders.” She candidly expresses the need to address burnout and book group fatigue, while offering solid tips on how to get your book-club-leader mojo […]

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For Black History Month, or Any Month: The Warmth of Other Suns
By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

For Black History Month, or Any Month: The Warmth of Other Suns

Chances are, many book groups have already read and discussed Isabel Wilkerson’s marvelous The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2010). But, if you’re anything like me, and read more fiction than nonfiction, then you could have missed it. I will confess that I often find nonfiction harder to read, […]

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Get to Know the Chicago Public Library’s MASTERPIECE Book Group
By January 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Chicago Public Library’s MASTERPIECE Book Group

The Chicago Public Library has an impressive collection of book groups for the city of Chicago, some of which are previewed here. One in particular that took place this past fall is touched on—a MASTERPIECE Theater-themed book club. MASTERPIECE has recently announced it will relaunch this book group series, so some of you may want […]

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Get to Know the Watertown Summer Snack Chat Book Group
By January 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Watertown Summer Snack Chat Book Group

Daydreaming about a summer book group may be just the thing you need right now. But this book group is delightful for another reason: it’s a book group for children, specifically, youngsters entering grades three through five. For those who may have considered starting a book group for children, but need evidence of how to […]

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PBS’s MASTERPIECE to Relaunch the MASTERPIECE Book Club
By December 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

PBS’s MASTERPIECE to Relaunch the MASTERPIECE Book Club

PBS’s top-rated primetime show, MASTERPIECE, has announced the relaunch of the MASTERPIECE Book Club for their “book-loving fans.” The book club will feature supplemental materials that go along with their most popular shows, Downton Abbey and Sherlock: recommended reading lists, author and creator interviews, and backstage details like what the cast is reading. Looks like […]

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