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Core Collection: Music in Nonfiction

August 9, 2018

We continue discussing music titles in your core collection that will generate lively conversations and listening sessions with these nonfiction books. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen In this entertaining autobiography, Springsteen traces his trajectory from working-class New Jerseyan to humble superstardom in prose that recalls his unique songwriting style in its insight, light, and…

Core Collection: Music in Fiction

August 7, 2018

Music is such a powerful force in our lives, expressing our desires and fears, love and heartache, providing consolation and inspiration. We are also intrigued by musicians and their lives. Because music is a wellspring for writers, it is also an alluring and fruitful subject for book discussions. We hope that these works of musical…

The August 2018 LibraryReads List

August 3, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the August 2018 LibraryReads list! Vox by Christina Dalcher “In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the…

Thrilling and Chilling Beach Reads

August 2, 2018

As summer winds down, we all want just a few more moments of beach time, with the sand between our toes and the cool ocean waves beckoning us to enjoy one last swim. These reads will give you that endless summer feeling—plus a puzzling mystery to solve. Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker Life…

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Summer Reading List

July 31, 2018

Check out what Book Club Central Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has been reading and recommending this summer on Instagram! We’ll update the books throughout the summer so you can read with SJP. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game…

Top 10 Book-Group Books: 2018

July 24, 2018

Whether you’re planning ahead for a library book group or selecting for circulating book-club kits, these 10 discussion-worthy titles, reviewed by Booklist from July 2017 through June 2018, will get people talking. Fiction Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley A small museum holds the secrets to a star-crossed romance during the Seven Years’ War in this blend…

Mystery Across America

July 10, 2018

For many, summer means it’s time to hit the road. I love to travel, but there’s never enough time―or money―to go to all the places I’d like to go. So I do what all readers do―travel in the pages of a book. This month’s list of mysteries spans states across the US, showcasing books with…

A Prison Book Club: Your New Favorite Readers’ Advisor

July 2, 2018

Before it was announced that a new George Pelecanos novel was forthcoming, I had begun to worry that one of my favorite authors might have decided to devote himself full time to movies and television. You could hardly blame him, after the groundbreaking success of The Wire and Treme. But with the arrival of The…

Mysteries That Make You Laugh

June 4, 2018

Many book clubs choose novels that deal with serious issues, grappling with strong emotions and the darkness of the human heart. After several books like this, though, sometimes you need a break. You need something lighter, something fun. That’s why I’ve asked these authors to tell us a bit about their humorous mysteries. Wouldn’t a…

The July 2018 LibraryReads List

June 3, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the July 2018 LibraryReads list! Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik “A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters.” –Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT Del Rey, 2018. Clock Dance…


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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