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Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

April 5, 2019

A remarkable event occurred on an otherwise unremarkable spring day in Salford, Mass., in the early part of the last century. A woman, a stranger, was found lying in the town cemetery. She was somewhat dazed but most definitely alive. Her name was Bertha Truitt. In her valise was a bowling ball and one candlepin.…

April Picks from LibraryReads

April 4, 2019

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the April 2018 LibraryReads list! Lost Roses: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly “The Ferriday family (The Lilac Girls) returns in this story of love, loss, and triumph. The voices of four compelling female characters tell of the devastating effects of the Russian Revolution and…

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

March 28, 2019

Pam Jenoff fans, we have great news for your book clubs. The discussion kit for her acclaimed New York Times bestselling novel, The Lost Girls of Paris (Park Row Books), is now posted for your (free!) downloading pleasure. Don’t miss the chance to delve deeper into this beautiful novel inspired by the real-life women spies…

Happy Tolkien Reading Day! Book club ideas, the biopic, and all things Tolkien

March 22, 2019

On this day each year, March 25, fantasy fans participate in Tolkien Reading Day—an honorary day established in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage fans to celebrate the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages. This year, many will engage by re-reading Tolkien-penned favorites, visiting exhibits, and preparing to see the highly anticipated…

Book Club Choices from LibraryReads: Historical Fiction

March 11, 2019

Book Club Choices: All the Lives We Ever Lived by Katharine Smyth

March 6, 2019

In this thoughtful and heartfelt memoir, Katharine Smyth pays tribute to two great influences in her life: her father and Virginia Woolf. Smyth parallels her family story with Virginia Woolf’s story, both personal and literary. Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) had the most profound effect on Smyth. The Ramsay family’s annual trip from London to…

Food for Thought: Urban Legends, Social Media, and Childhood Friendships

March 1, 2019

Heather Gudenkauf’s much buzzed-about Before She Was Found is an epistolary-style thriller about a small town and a Slender Man-type urban legend, the dangerous thin line between reality and fantasy for three 12-year-old girls … and the adults who’ll do anything to protect them. There is plenty for book clubs to find here, and to…

Sisters In Crime: Pets on the Case

March 1, 2019

Animals and mystery have gone together ever since Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles. These books from the writers of Sisters in Crime prove that pets can indeed be man’s best friend, especially in the face of murder, crime, and danger. Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly Officer Luz is lucky she still has…

March Picks from LibraryReads

February 28, 2019

Librarians around the country have voted these titles as the March 2019

Book Club Choices: The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

February 22, 2019

Back when I was young – maybe high school? maybe college? – I was in a literature class, and we were reading something by Jonathan Swift. As some of you reading this may be aware, trying to think back 30 years or more to what happened in a high school or college class is about…

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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