Continuing with best discussion books, as submitted by readers of the ReadingGroupGuides.com newsletter, here is what Becky Haase of the LaSalle Book Group in Chicago had to say about Moloka'iby Alan Brennert.
Recently we asked book club members to share the book that resulted in their group's best discussion. The nearly 40 titles we received run the gamut from biographies to thrillers. Surprisingly, only one was mentioned more than once: Jodi Picoult'sMy Sister's Keeper. Today Denise Neary offers her thoughts on the novel and why it sparked a great discussion among the mother-daughter members of her book club. Has your group read My Sister's Keeper?
Earlier this month Matthew Pearl offered insight on a fascinating aspect of his latest historical novel,The Last Dickens--- the sometimes dangerous world of 19th-century book publishing. Today we talk with him about why classic literary figures are so intriguing to modern readers, why he enjoys meeting with book clubs and more.
Today's round-up of book club news spans the country from California to New Jersey --- thoughts on Olive Kitteridge and The Help, why a thriller by Daniel Silva was selected by members of the intelligence community for a university book club, suggestions for uplifting reads, and more.The Book Bench: Literate Lads of La-La Land
Monthly Contest: What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?
This month's prize book is THE NIGHTINGALE, Kristin Hannah's longtime bestseller that releases in paperback for the first time on April 25th. The novel tells the stories of two sisters --- separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance --- each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. The deadline for your entries is Tuesday, May 9th at noon ET.