Book Groups

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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Get to Know the LIT Book Group

Get to Know the LIT Book Group

This book group’s name is a play on words related to literature and drinking (you’ll find they use another bit of wordplay further down). The LIT group meets in an upscale wine bar in downtown Barrington, Illinois. They like peppering their discussions with author interviews, YouTube videos, and even Skype calls with authors. One of […]

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Give Your Book Group Birdsong, a Timeless Tale from WWI

Give Your Book Group Birdsong, a Timeless Tale from WWI

At the reference desk last week I was approached by a patron who said her book club was tired of reading World War II books and could I find something about World War I? Without hesitation I recommended Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks. She was surprised I had one to suggest so fast but I told […]

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Get to Know the Mighty Monday Book Club

Get to Know the Mighty Monday Book Club

The Might Monday Book Club reads equal parts fiction and nonfiction. Using an interdisciplinary approach, they often incorporate outside research, sometimes even music into their discussions. One of their members, Katharine Phenix recommends going to any lengths to ensure everyone has a chance to speak—”use a ‘talking stick’ if you have to”—and reminds of the […]

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Get to Know the Harold Washington Literary Fiction Book Group

Get to Know the Harold Washington Literary Fiction Book Group

This Chicago Public Library book group is led by a team of reference librarians who work together to choose titles, then evaluate how each meeting went with reports which they use for future discussions. Despite major leadership on the part of the librarians, the group members and their reading interests direct the group’s selections. Click […]

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

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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