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SJP Picks

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.

Normal People By Sally Rooney

May 15, 2019

Opposites attract. In Carricklea, a small town in the west of Ireland, Connell and Marianne are both good students. That seems to be all they have in common. Connell is athletic and popular. Marianne is prickly, trying to be a Bohemian intellectual. He is from a single-parent household. There’s not much money but there is…

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Book Club?

February 4, 2019

Ask any librarian who has ever organized a book club meetup for their patrons and they may respond as the nuns did with Maria in The Sound of Music (changing a few choice words of course): How do you solve a problem like a book club? …Many a thing you know you’d like to tell…

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…

May Picks from LibraryReads

May 2, 2019

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the May 2019 LibraryReads list! The Bride Test by Helen Hoang “On the autism spectrum, Khai doesn’t feel anything for anyone. His mother recruits Esme, a young Vietnamese woman, to marry him. A realistic, humorous romance that reveals the slow path to love and a…

May Picks from Sisters in Crime: Short Stories

May 2, 2019

Celebrate Short Story Month with Sisters in Crime Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to a book club meeting without having finished the book. We’ve all been there – the demands of family and work can steal away precious reading time. Sometimes there isn’t time for more than a chapter or two of even…

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

May 13, 2019

In the early-to-mid-1970s, American pop music entered a drowsy period of prog/glam/folk/soft-rock and heavy metal, a spell only sporadically broken until the arrival of punk and disco. Into this specific historical moment of musical malaise Taylor Jenkins Reid has sent her winsome and supercharged rock diva Daisy Jones to make the guitar boys drool and…

The Binding by Bridget Collins

April 15, 2019

If you are lucky enough to be in a book club, may I suggest you give The Binding by Bridget Collins a try? I think your club will find that this historical fantasy causes enthusiastic discussion. A short synopsis: As his name suggests, Emmett Farmer thinks his life will be one of toil on the…

“Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists” is ALA’s Newest Resource for Book Club Leaders

May 3, 2019

A new resource from ALA’s Public Programs Office is available for those whose book clubs need a little (or big) boost! Book Club Reboot-71 Creative Twists by Stephanie Saba and Sarah Ostman offers many creative and surprising ideas to help inspire book club organizers and leaders. Saba is a community program supervisor at San Mateo County…

Meet Max Joseph, Lover of Bookstores

May 1, 2019

Small, independent bookstores are growing in the U.S.! What better way to jump on the bandwagon than to enjoy the new short film, Bookstores, that chronicles Max Joseph — an award-winning filmmaker and reluctant reader — and his journey to solve how books fit into our modern content diet. Max Joseph’s new film Bookstores takes…

Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Book club ideas, the biopic, and all things Tolkien

March 22, 2019

On this day each year, March 25, fantasy fans participate in Tolkien Reading Day—an honorary day established in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage fans to celebrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages. This year, many will engage by re-reading Tolkien-penned favorites, visiting exhibits, and preparing to see the highly anticipated…

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction 2019

February 7, 2019

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards event, sponsored by NoveList, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, serve as a guide…

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