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Book Club Choices

Book Club Choices from LibraryReads: Historical Fiction

March 11, 2019

Book Club Choices: All the Lives We Ever Lived by Katharine Smyth

March 6, 2019

In this thoughtful and heartfelt memoir, Katharine Smyth pays tribute to two great influences in her life: her father and Virginia Woolf. Smyth parallels her family story with Virginia Woolf’s story, both personal and literary. Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) had the most profound effect on Smyth. The Ramsay family’s annual trip from London to…

Food for Thought: Urban Legends, Social Media, and Childhood Friendships

March 1, 2019

Heather Gudenkauf’s much buzzed-about Before She Was Found is an epistolary-style thriller about a small town and a Slender Man-type urban legend, the dangerous thin line between reality and fantasy for three 12-year-old girls … and the adults who’ll do anything to protect them. There is plenty for book clubs to find here, and to…

Book Club Choices: The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

February 22, 2019

Back when I was young – maybe high school? maybe college? – I was in a literature class, and we were reading something by Jonathan Swift. As some of you reading this may be aware, trying to think back 30 years or more to what happened in a high school or college class is about…

Book Club Choices: More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

February 22, 2019

Do you remember when you first learned your parents were flawed, and the impact that discovery had on your life? In More Than Words, Jill Santopolo tackles just this issue. The story follows Nina Gregory, the heir to Gregory Hotels, over a life-changing few months when she learns her father is not everything she had…

Book Club Choices from LibraryReads: Author Debuts

February 13, 2019

Book Club Choices: I’ll Be There for You: The One About ‘Friends’ by Kelsey Miller

November 13, 2018

Friends is having a silver anniversary in 2019; 25 years of 6 wacky 20-somethings living in (and somehow affording) New York City who are experiencing that special time of life when “your friends are your family.” Full disclosure: I didn’t start out watching Ross & Rachel & Monica & Chandler & Phoebe & Joey; like…

Book Club Choices: November Road by Lou Berney

November 6, 2018

This past summer there was a lot of looking back 50 years at the tumultuous summer of 1968. Lou Berney’s new novel provides a look into the American landscape that led to that social turmoil. November Road is set in 1963. In Dallas, President Kennedy has been assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. In New Orleans…

Book Club Choices: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

October 23, 2018

Jodi Picoult does it again! In A Spark of Light, her latest novel, Picoult forces audiences to consider all aspects of a controversial topic. This time it is abortion, and the unlikely meeting of an array of diverse characters at a woman’s clinic, The Center, during a hostage crisis. The book begins at 5p.m. at…

Book Club Choices: The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

July 26, 2018

Young Carla and her brother, Junior, are among the poor families living in increas­ingly hostile Honduras. Carla’s mother has left them to work in America, and the small sums of money she is able to send occasionally, along with the support and love of the grandmother caring for them, allows her and her younger brother…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

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…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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