Tag: good books for book groups

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

Going through a Stage: 13 Great Plays for Readers

As I noted in the November entry of my column, Every Book Its Reader, the theater section of most libraries is a neglected source of fast-reading, conflict- and character-driven titles. Many readers encountered Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams in school (or through productions, or filmed adaptations), but there’s a world of theater […]

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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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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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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A Messy, Good Life in a Chef’s Memoir for Teens

A Messy, Good Life in a Chef’s Memoir for Teens

Lynn: The maxim that kids want to see themselves reflected in books is true. Also true: they want to see what they can become. Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir, Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life (2015), an adaptation of Samuelsson’s memoir for adults, Yes, Chef (2012), does both these things. Samuelsson provides a look at a world rarely written about […]

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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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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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