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Book Club Choices: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

February 22, 2018

Lilacs bloom best after a harsh winter Caroline tells her Polish friend Kasia, two of the three main characters in this story of Ravensbruck, the only concentration camp exclusively female in Germany during the Nazi reign of terror. And, indeed, Kasia had the harshest of winters as she spent several years along with her mother…

Book Club Choices: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

February 15, 2018

This is a story of loss, abuse and madness. When Willow’s parents die in a car accident, she and her sister Lily are placed in a foster home. If the loss of her parents isn’t enough, Lilly a charming and very young girl is adopted leaving Willow all alone–until, that is, she is placed with…

Book Club Choices: City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

February 8, 2018

Riddled with survivor’s guilt, Brand, who has lost everything to the Nazis – his wife, his sister, his parents – heads to Palestine following his release from the camp. He is not alone in this and the British Mandate caps the number of Jewish immigrants it will allow into the country. This forces Brand to…

Book Club Choices: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

February 1, 2018

This novel is truly lovely, dark, and deep. It follows two teenaged girls—Lacey, who is extremely damaged, and Dex, a sort of nobody on rungs of the high school popularity ladder. Until Lacey finds her and takes her under her wing, Dex was simply content to work hard at school and enjoy her comfortable family…

Book Club Choices: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

January 25, 2018

Arthur Pepper is a lonely man. His wife has died and his children are distant — one geographically and one emotionally. What saves Arthur from total despair is a hermit-like routine from which he will not deviate. His closest companion is a fern that he nurtures each day. A kindly neighbor, Bernadette, comes to visit…

Book Club Choices: 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

January 18, 2018

It’s no secret that we have a very real problem with body image in our society—being overweight certainly among the worst. This novel is a dark and often funny look at what it’s like growing up fat. In a collection of inter-related stories about Elizabeth/Beth/Lizzy/Liz, we get a very clear insight into how an extremely…

A Stay with Me Discussion Guide

December 15, 2017

Need help with figuring out how to discuss Stay with Me with your book club? You’re in luck! Here, we’re featuring a reader’s guide to help you read with SJP and Book Club Central. Click here for Stay with Me discussion questions.

An Interview with Kimmery Martin, Author of The Queen of Hearts

December 4, 2017

The tagline on Kimmery Martin’s website reads “Writer, Book Reviewer, Professional Literary Nerd,” but she is also an emergency medicine doctor, a library advocate, and a mom of three. Her debut novel, The Queen of Hearts (Berkley/Penguin Random House; 978-0-39958-505-0; $26), will be published in February 2018. In the book, the longstanding friendship between Zadie,…

Book Club Choices: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

November 30, 2017

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse in Connecticut. With her 20 years of experience, she is proud of what she does and how she does it. Her fairly normal life comes to a screeching halt, however, when a white supremacist and his wife come to Ruth’s hospital to deliver their baby. Ruth is…

Book Club Choices: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

November 21, 2017

Margo Lewis is a teacher at a local academy as well as an advice columnist for the Cambridge Examiner in England. When a young girl from the academy is kidnapped, Margo (“Dear Amy”) begins to receive what appear to be notes from Bethan Avery, who was also kidnapped — but 20 years ago. Can this…

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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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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…

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