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Book Club Choices: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

July 19, 2018

When 17-year-old Molly enters a rather magnificent home overlooking the Maine coast, she has no idea what to expect. She’s there because she’s doing com­munity service for trying to steal a library book. Molly is a foster child and has been for much of her young life; she’s come to expect the worse. In this…

Get the Inside Scoop on Book Club Central’s Program at ALA Annual 2018!

July 17, 2018

Last month, United for Libraries and Book Club Central teamed up to present the Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community panel at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans. Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books for Booklist, moderated the panel that included Bill Kelly, librarian at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read…

Register for Booklist’s Summer Book Club Bash Webinar!

July 17, 2018

No time like the summer for planning your fall book clubs—and for starting to think about your own next unputdownable read! Do both when you attend this free, hour-long webinar on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm CT. Here, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House Adult, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton…

Writers and Readers: Book Club Nation

July 16, 2018

One of the great honors of my life happened in 2017, when my debut novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us​, was selected as the inaugural pick for ALA’s Book Club Central by the honorary chair, Sarah Jessica Parker. I had learned about the selection weeks before the public announcement. I knew that I…

Book Club Choices: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

July 12, 2018

As Rachel rides the train every day for work in an alco­holic haze, she keeps a look out for “Jess” and “Jason,” whose backyard the train passes by. Jess and Jason are often outside sip­ping coffee in the morning or wine at night. It’s clear to Rachel that this is the perfect couple — the…

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…

Book Club Choices: Dead Wake by Erik Larson

July 5, 2018

From the au­thor who gave us The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts comes the equally rivet­ing story about the sinking of the Lusitania, just prior to America’s entering into WWI. Erik Larson has written another thriller. One hundred years ago, this majestic ocean liner became fodder for a German…

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…

Book Club Choices: The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

June 28, 2018

One night before her last starring role in the high school production of West Side Story, 17-year-old Nao­mi disappeared. Sound asleep on the couch waiting for her daughter to come home from the theater and its after-party, Jenny didn’t discover the disappearance until the next morning. Frantic, Jenny and her husband, Ted, call the police,…

Book Club Choices: The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson

June 21, 2018

Nobody would call Professor Patrick Robson warm and fuzzy. In fact he’s a womanizing boozer. It comes as a surprise to him, therefore, when he wakens from heart surgery to see his ex-wife by his side. Patrick had been given a death sentence because of his failing heart, but sadly thanks to Drew Beamish, a…

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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