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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.

Book Club Choices: The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor

May 24, 2018

In 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for allegedly committing espionage against the United States. In this fictionalized account of the event of the Rosenbergs, a friend and neighbor, Millie Stein, tells a gripping story of this notorious couple from her point of view. When Millie and her husband, Ed—a man with little compassion…

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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…

Join Our Summer Reading Challenge and Be Entered for a Chance to Win!

May 22, 2018

Read one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Book Club Central selections with your book club this summer and enter for your chance to win a prize pack of Book Club Central swag and a collection of books that SJP has recommended on her Instagram! To enter, take a picture of your book club with the SJP…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Read Along with Celebrities’ Favorites of The Great American Read

May 23, 2018

In the first episode of The Great American Read, PBS introduces America’s 100 best-loved books to launch the campaign to find America’s favorite book. Celebrities, authors, and readers across the country, share why they love reading and specific novels on the list. These are just a small selection of the 100 books that Americans voted…

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…

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