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Award-winning actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the honorary chair for Book Club Central. In this role, Ms. Parker selects books throughout the year to share her joy of reading and discussing good books with readers everywhere.

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Confessions of a Book Club Addict

June 16, 2017

I’ve run three book clubs at one time. Sound like a foolish thing to do? Well, I’ve done it twice. And, trust me, you don’t do something that harebrained (twice) without help. The Book Clubs The first time I was in over my head, I was running my Romance Lovers Book Club, genteXt, a book…

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

A+ Academic Mysteries

September 6, 2018

Ah, September. Many consider this the beginning of the year, with so many returning to school to start the next chapter of their academic journey. What a busy time—especially when you add murder and mystery to the mix. These A+ mysteries will give you a peek inside those hallowed halls of academe, where things are…

Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti

September 6, 2018

‘Tis the (election) season! Feeling a bit of political fatigue as we head into the 2018 elections? Book Clubbish has the perfect book club kit remedy for you. The West Wing meets Sex and the City in Aimee Agresti’s Campaign Widows [Graydon House], a wickedly sharp, wildly fun take on the Washington landscape. Follow the misadventures of the “widows,” an inner circle of DC elites…

Book Club Choices: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

July 19, 2018

When 17-year-old Molly enters a rather magnificent home overlooking the Maine coast, she has no idea what to expect. She’s there because she’s doing com­munity service for trying to steal a library book. Molly is a foster child and has been for much of her young life; she’s come to expect the worse. In this…

Book Club Choices: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

July 12, 2018

As Rachel rides the train every day for work in an alco­holic haze, she keeps a look out for “Jess” and “Jason,” whose backyard the train passes by. Jess and Jason are often outside sip­ping coffee in the morning or wine at night. It’s clear to Rachel that this is the perfect couple — the…

Writers and Readers: Book Club Nation

July 16, 2018

One of the great honors of my life happened in 2017, when my debut novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us​, was selected as the inaugural pick for ALA’s Book Club Central by the honorary chair, Sarah Jessica Parker. I had learned about the selection weeks before the public announcement. I knew that I…

Jonathan Miles Shares What Book Clubs Should Discuss After Reading Anatomy of a Miracle!

May 16, 2018

At American Library Association’s 2018 Midwinter conference in Denver, Jonathan Miles discussed what he thought book clubs should talk about after reading Anatomy of a Miracle, a Sarah Jessica Parker selection for Book Club Central. Watch the video below to hear what he has to say and get your book discussion going! Click to Watch Jonathan…

The Great American Read Returns on 9/11!

September 11, 2018

Meredith Vieira returns as the Great American Read hits high gear. You spent the summer reading and voting for your favorite novels, now tune in to see which books celebrities, authors, and other readers across the country are rooting for. Tune into PBS on September 11th at 8pm ET. Click to See What Books and…

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