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Good Books for Book Groups: IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN
By February 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Good Books for Book Groups: IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

This month, after our brief foray into BYO Books, the LIT book club resumed our normal reading schedule with In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. This 2012 novel, Ratner’s first, tells the gorgeous, wrenching story of a prince’s daughter, Raami, who grows up in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge takes over in […]

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Good Books for Book Groups: Bring Your Own Book

Good Books for Book Groups: Bring Your Own Book

Every year, area clubs invariably ask us to suggest short books for holiday reading. There are many such titles, of course, but it can be hard, at this time of year, for members to get copies of holiday titles when they need them. But there are ways to work around the holiday crush. Some book clubs in our area have each […]

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Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
By September 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

This month, the LIT book club finished out the last of our genre summer reading with Isabel Quintero’s wonderful Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, a young adult novel recommended by librarian Lizzy Klinnert. In this Lincoln Award-winner (given for excellent YA literature), seventeen-year-old Gabi is dealing with some heavy issues. One friend is pregnant, and another is gay […]

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National Reading Group Month: The 2016 Great Group Reads

National Reading Group Month: The 2016 Great Group Reads

We at Booklist are proud to once again partner with the Women’s National Book Association for National Reading Group Month. Every October, the WNBA supplies a list of Great Group Reads. The 20 titles on this year’s list have been chosen for their appeal to reading groups by a selection committee of writers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, publicists, and committed readers. […]

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Booklist Partners with WNBA for National Reading Group Month with “Great Group Reads”

Booklist Partners with WNBA for National Reading Group Month with “Great Group Reads”

We’re very pleased to be once again working with the Women’s National Book Association for their National Reading Group Month this October. Want to learn more? The press release below tells all.   Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected once again to collaborate with the Women’s National Book […]

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Group Reading in the Digital Age: The Wired Book Club

Group Reading in the Digital Age: The Wired Book Club

We may never see a book club as singularly influential as the one Oprah Winfrey included as a segment on her show, particularly since the influence of nationally syndicated talk shows has diminished so drastically since Oprah put away her stickers and laid her club to rest. In subsequent years, other televised book clubs sprang up to replace the Oprah-shaped void in the […]

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The Interview that Matters Most: Dishing Book Groups with Ann Hood

The Interview that Matters Most: Dishing Book Groups with Ann Hood

Ann Hood (The Red Thread, 2010, The Obituary Writer, 2013) has made a name for herself writing compelling, bestselling novels with sympathetic characters caught up in life-altering events. Her most recent work, The Book That Matters Most, is no exception: It follows a woman named Ava who, after her husband leaves her, joins a book club—an act […]

Good Books for Book Clubs: Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Good Books for Book Clubs: Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Last week, the LIT book group discussed Maybe In Another Life, a beach read that just about fits into the chick lit genre—even if it is quite a bit fluffier than most women’s fiction. This fits nicely with our summer tradition: Each year, we choose lighter books written in a genre we wouldn’t normally read. […]

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Good Books for Book Clubs: Black River by S. M. Hulse

Good Books for Book Clubs: Black River by S. M. Hulse

Last week, the LIT book club discussed one of my most favorite books in recent memory, Black River by S. M. Hulse. This is a riveting, heartbreaking, beautifully written story of a man mourning both a wife and a way of life. Wes Carver was once a passionate musician. His work as a corrections officer paid […]

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Brooklyn Binge: Buzz Books set in the Booming Borough

Brooklyn Binge: Buzz Books set in the Booming Borough

If your book group enjoys reading fiction set in New York, two recent literary novels centered in and around Brooklyn bring the borough vividly to life. Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers supplies some of the same charm I appreciated in Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings. Set in Brooklyn—Ditmas Park, to be exact—it follows a group of friends who have known each […]

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