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The August 2018 LibraryReads List

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the August 2018 LibraryReads list! Vox by Christina Dalcher “In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the…

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Thrilling and Chilling Beach Reads

By Shari Randall As summer winds down, we all want just a few more moments of beach time, with the sand between our toes and the cool ocean waves beckoning us to enjoy one last swim. These reads will give you that endless summer feeling—plus a puzzling mystery to solve. Live and Let Chai by Bree…

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Summer Reading List

Check out what Book Club Central Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has been reading and recommending this summer on Instagram! We’ll update the books throughout the summer so you can read with SJP. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game…

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Top 10 Book-Group Books: 2018

By Susan Maguire Whether you’re planning ahead for a library book group or selecting for circulating book-club kits, these 10 discussion-worthy titles, reviewed by Booklist from July 2017 through June 2018, will get people talking. Fiction Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley A small museum holds the secrets to a star-crossed romance during the Seven Years’ War…

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Mystery Across America

By Shari Randall For many, summer means it’s time to hit the road. I love to travel, but there’s never enough time―or money―to go to all the places I’d like to go. So I do what all readers do―travel in the pages of a book. This month’s list of mysteries spans states across the US, showcasing…

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A Prison Book Club: Your New Favorite Readers’ Advisor

By Bill Ott Before it was announced that a new George Pelecanos novel was forthcoming, I had begun to worry that one of my favorite authors might have decided to devote himself full time to movies and television. You could hardly blame him, after the groundbreaking success of The Wire and Treme. But with the arrival…

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Mysteries That Make You Laugh

By Shari Randall Many book clubs choose novels that deal with serious issues, grappling with strong emotions and the darkness of the human heart. After several books like this, though, sometimes you need a break. You need something lighter, something fun. That’s why I’ve asked these authors to tell us a bit about their humorous mysteries.…

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Newspaper Tales for the Book Club that Loved The Post

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,…

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