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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…

Book Club Choices: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

July 19, 2018

When 17-year-old Molly enters a rather magnificent home overlooking the Maine coast, she has no idea what to expect. She’s there because she’s doing com­munity service for trying to steal a library book. Molly is a foster child and has been for much of her young life; she’s come to expect the worse. In this…

Book Club Choices: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

July 12, 2018

As Rachel rides the train every day for work in an alco­holic haze, she keeps a look out for “Jess” and “Jason,” whose backyard the train passes by. Jess and Jason are often outside sip­ping coffee in the morning or wine at night. It’s clear to Rachel that this is the perfect couple — the…

Book Club Choices: Dead Wake by Erik Larson

July 5, 2018

From the au­thor who gave us The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts comes the equally rivet­ing story about the sinking of the Lusitania, just prior to America’s entering into WWI. Erik Larson has written another thriller. One hundred years ago, this majestic ocean liner became fodder for a German…

Book Club Choices: The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

June 28, 2018

One night before her last starring role in the high school production of West Side Story, 17-year-old Nao­mi disappeared. Sound asleep on the couch waiting for her daughter to come home from the theater and its after-party, Jenny didn’t discover the disappearance until the next morning. Frantic, Jenny and her husband, Ted, call the police,…

Book Club Choices: The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson

June 21, 2018

Nobody would call Professor Patrick Robson warm and fuzzy. In fact he’s a womanizing boozer. It comes as a surprise to him, therefore, when he wakens from heart surgery to see his ex-wife by his side. Patrick had been given a death sentence because of his failing heart, but sadly thanks to Drew Beamish, a…

A Book Club Kit for The Bookshop of Yesterdays

June 19, 2018

To celebrate the publication of Amy Meyerson’s darkly delightful THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS [Park Row Books] about a woman who inherits her uncle’s bookshop–along with the scavenger hunt he left for her within it–we thought it would be appropriate to share the book’s official Book Clubbish book club kit with you. Download it free, here. “Terrifically fun… Part riddle, part…

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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