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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.

Book Club Choices: The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

May 17, 2018

This set of stories are intricately interrelated, offering more a novel moving between time and place to bring the story of life and survival in Soviet Russia from the terrorizing reign of Joseph Stalin into present time. During Stalin’s reign, many people were arrested and killed on trumped up charges, religion was forbidden, and people…

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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…

Newspaper Tales for the Book Club that Loved The Post

May 15, 2018

by Karen Kleckner Keefe Sometimes the juiciest bits of the news are the stories behind the story. These nonfiction titles are perfect for the book clubs who enjoyed the Oscar-nominated film The Post and want more stories where journalists take center stage. Personal History by Katherine Graham As seen in the new movie The Post,…

Not the Usual Suspects

May 9, 2018

Looking for a mystery that’s not the same old, same old? We’ve got you covered. Try one of these novels with some of the most compelling and unusual detectives in crime fiction. The Saints of the Lost and Found by T. M. Causey Avery Broussard is the most unusual of protagonists, a young woman who…

Book Club Choices: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

May 10, 2018

This fictional biography is an exceptional read about an exceptional person. Beryl Markham, of British descent, spent most of her life in Kenya from 1904 to 1936. Brought there when she was a young girl so her father could establish a ranch and horse breeding operation, she spent her early years among the Kipsigis, a…

Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of A PLACE FOR US by Fatima Farheen Mirza

May 8, 2018

“To be taken hostage by Fatima Farheen Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure. It allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith. Ms. Mirza painstakingly details the life of an Indian…

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…

A Facebook Live Book Discussion with Jonathan Miles!

April 18, 2018

On Thursday, 4/12, Cuyahoga County Public Library hosted a book discussion on Facebook Live featuring author Jonathan Miles! Miles is the author of the most recent Sarah Jessica Parker selection Anatomy of a Miracle, and interacted with patrons and librarians for some great book discussion about the SJP Pick. Click to Watch the Highlight Video. Click…

The Great American Read

April 23, 2018

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books…

Get Involved During National Library Legislative Day

April 3, 2018

National Library Legislative Day is a time for all library friends, patrons, and supporters to contact their elected officials and educate them about the positive impact of the library in your community. Nearly 500 ALA advocates will be meeting with their Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. on May 7-8. During this time, we urge…

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