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

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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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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A Timely Feminist Memoir: Shrill by Lindy West

A Timely Feminist Memoir: Shrill by Lindy West

Lindy West’s debut memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, is getting a lot of attention for addressing topics like fat-phobia and tweeting about your abortion. In addition to being a deeply feminist memoir, it is also deeply and brilliantly funny as well. For book groups seeking titles that explore contemporary feminism, misogyny, women’s rights, body image, or online bullying, Shrill […]

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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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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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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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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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