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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: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

November 16, 2017

Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a planned com­munity, and proud residents Mr. and Mrs. Richard­son have strictly planned their lives as well, from their careers to their perfectly mani­cured home. However, their four teenage chil­dren—Moody, who lives up to his name; Trip, a self-involved jock; smart but impulsive Lexie, and troubled Izzy—don’t always do what is…

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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…

Through a Global Lens: Dazzling Debut Novels from a Woman’s Perspective

November 13, 2017

Yes, it’s time to celebrate books! Not only is November National Novel Writing Month, but in just a few short days the winners of the National Book Awards will be announced. Several of this year’s selections feature stories and reflections of women from around the world. Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, The Leavers by Lisa Ko,…

Great Group Reads 2017

November 7, 2017

Booklist was 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. The…

Book Club Choices: Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

November 9, 2017

This wonderful collection of loosely connected stories shines a spotlight on a small, rural, and mostly poor county in upstate Illinois. Lives are led below the attention of anyone other than those who live there, and then the scrutiny and judgement is intense. What else to focus on besides your neighbors, who have lived in…

Book Club Choices: The Mothers by Brit Bennett

November 2, 2017

This beautiful debut novel follows three young characters in an African-American community in Oceanside, Calif. They come together through a church that is ostensibly run by the church mothers, but who, in truth, represent the end of an era when manners and protocol shape behavior and choices. The new generation is represented by the beautiful…

Book Club Girl Podcast: Laura Lippman

November 3, 2017

In this episode of Book Club Girl on Air, the New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know and After I’m Gone discusses her novel Wilde Lake, a modern twist on To Kill a Mockingbird. An African-American man accused of rape by a humiliated girl. A vengeful father. A courageous attorney. A worshipful daughter.…

Audio Alert! Step Into the Studio with Mohsin Hamid

October 24, 2017

Are you looking to invigorate your book club with some audio assets? Look no further! Mohsin Hamid, the talented New York Times bestselling author of Exit West, narrated his own audiobook and gave us insight into that unique experience in a great episode of Penguin Random House Audio’s This is the Author podcast. Join Hamid in the studio as he…

The 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Announced!

October 25, 2017

The American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medals, now in their 7th year, recognize outstanding fiction and nonfiction for adult readers. See the shortlist titles below, selected from a longlist of 46 fiction and nonfiction titles published in 2017. The two medal winners, one in fiction and one in nonfiction, will be announced at the Reference…

Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week!

October 16, 2017

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week from Oct. 15-21, 2017. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, raise awareness, and promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and…

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