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An Interview with Jade Chang, Author of The Wangs vs. the World

December 5, 2017

Our friends at Book Club Appetizer spoke with author Jade Chang about her debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, an outrageously funny novel about the Wangs, a wealthy Chinese-American family that loses everything and then takes a road trip across America. This riches to rags story reveals how this trial brought the family together…

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…

Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2017

November 27, 2017

This crop of best first novels showcases diversity in characters, genre, and time periods are perfect for young adult book clubs. Click for More Information. Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner Life takes a tumble for sassy, sage Ruby when her mother winds up in jail. Forced to live with her aunt, an Episcopalian nun, Ruby…

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…

Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels: 2017

November 20, 2017

The finest first novels reviewed in Booklist over the last 12 months take readers into a climatically and socially dire future and a traumatic past as well as the churning minds of an autistic girl, a reluctant mother, a concerned daughter, an intrepid college freshman, and an undocumented Mexican immigrant. Click for More Information. American…

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…

Through a Global Lens: Dazzling Debut Novels from a Woman’s Perspective

November 13, 2017

Yes, it’s time to celebrate books! Not only is November National Novel Writing Month, but in just a few short days the winners of the National Book Awards will be announced. Several of this year’s selections feature stories and reflections of women from around the world. Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, The Leavers by Lisa Ko,…

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…

Great Group Reads 2017

November 7, 2017

Booklist was proud to once again partner with the Women’s National Book Association for National Reading Group Month. Every October, the WNBA supplies a list of Great Group Reads. The 20 titles on this year’s list have been chosen for their appeal to reading groups by a selection committee of writers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, publicists, and committed readers. The…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

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…

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…

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