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2018 Reading List: The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

February 23, 2018

At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

2018 Reading List: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

February 21, 2018

At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

2018 Reading List: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

February 20, 2018

At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

Walking Around in Others’ Shoes . . . with Your Book Group

February 20, 2018

I am an eternal optimist. This tendency to think things will work out for the best is sometimes at odds with my inner curmudgeon, but what can you do. I like to think this conflict keeps my also-inner Pollyanna in check, but sometimes, that Pollyanna is strong. Take, for example, the time my book group…

Cozy Reads for Winter 2018

January 30, 2018

What’s a cozy? No, not that thing your grandmother put on her teapot. In the mystery world, a cozy is a traditional whodunit where the focus is on an amateur sleuth in a small, self-contained community. This kind of mystery is distinguished by what it doesn’t have―no graphic violence, intimacy, or language. Think of Murder,…

Instagram Book Recommendations from SJP in 2017

January 23, 2018

While you’re waiting for Sarah Jessica Parker’s next official Book Club Central pick, here are just some of the books she recommended on her Instagram in 2017. Enjoy! The Nix by Nathan Hill From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce…

A Reading List for Showtime’s The Chi

January 16, 2018

The Chi, a new drama series created by Lena Waithe and produced by Common, is a coming-of-age drama set on Chicago’s South Side. Most striking about the show is the range of characters it contains: while they span age groups and economic strata, all are interconnected in ways that are both touching and surprising. Here…

Carnegie Medal Shortlist Read-alikes, 2018: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

January 16, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner), tells the story of 13-year-old Jojo as his drug-addicted mom, Leonie, leads him and his baby sister on a lurching odyssey across the state of Mississippi to retrieve their father from prison. As Jojo, Leonie, and Leonie’s father narrate from alternating perspectives, Ward conjures the ghosts that some…

Carnegie Medal Shortlist Read-alikes, 2018: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

January 15, 2018

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Random House), was inspired by President Lincoln’s mournful visits to the cemetery after his young son’s death. The novels below also take imaginative approaches to Lincoln, a genuine leader and a figure of integrity, conscience, courage, and eloquence who defines so many of America’s direst conflicts, along with…

Carnegie Medal Shortlist Read-alikes, 2018: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

January 12, 2018

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner) is a many-faceted historical novel set on New York City’s 1930s and ’40s waterfront and encompassing a family drama; gangsters; innovations at the Brooklyn Naval Yard; a shipwreck in U-boat-infested waters; and the story of an independent, unconventional woman. The insightful and imaginative novels below also set the adventures…

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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