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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…

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…

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 Choices: To the Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman

October 27, 2017

This novel, named for the Kansas state motto, reflects well what wom­en at the turn of the 20th century experienced in bringing Carn­egie libraries to their hometowns. The story is told in three voices—that of a re­searcher working on a Ph.D in library science and focusing on Carnegie li­braries, a troubled young woman who leaves…

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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