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September 17, 2008

How the Centennial Book Club Began

Posted by carol
When Susan Clark moved to Ellicott City, Maryland, several years ago, she found camaraderie in this new place by starting a reading group. Here Susan shares how she and the other members of the Centennial Book Club came to bond over books and some of the things she has learned along the way.
September 16, 2008

Brunonia Barry: Soup and Stories

Posted by carol
Brunonia Barry's debut novel, The Lace Reader, is set in Salem, Massachusetts. It's the story of Towner Whitney, who hails from a family of women who can read the future in the patterns of lace. After a decade-long absence Towner returns to the seaside town, where she discovers the truth about her twin sister's long-ago death. contributor Jennifer Hart made a suggestion for book clubs in a recent post on her Book Club Girl blog: read a classic work by Mark Twain or Edith Wharton and have each member bring $10-20 to donate to the respective literary landmark --- the
September 11, 2008

Book Clubs in the News

Posted by carol
Book clubs are a hot topic, often making headlines in newspapers across the country. Occasionally we'll highlight some of these articles. It's inspiring to read about the impact that book clubs can have on individuals and communities, and we start with stories featuring library reading groups. If it's been a while since you've checked out your local library, why not stop by soon? September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month.Elburn Herald: Book Groups Offer an Escape
Last month Kathy Patrick's Pulpwood Queens Book Club in Jefferson, Texas, hosted Charles Martin. They took to the water for a cruise along Big Cypress Bayou to discuss his most recent novel, Where the River Ends.
What is it about Jane Austen's novels that continue to appeal to modern-day readers? British writer Jill Pitkeathley reveals how she finally got her book club to read and discuss the classic scribe's works.
September 8, 2008

Cast Your Votes

Posted by carol
We have an election that you can vote in now. It involves no conventions, commercials, debates or rhetoric --- and it certainly is one that will touch the hearts of readers.
Today guest blogger Joyce Hinnefeld shares some of the questions she'd like to ask reading groups about her debut novel, In Hovering Flight, which was published this month.
September 4, 2008

American Wife

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Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel, American Wife, which features a character inspired by First Lady Laura Bush, was just published this week.
Contributor Shannon McKenna Schmidt admits to prematurely misjudging some of her book club selections --- and what she ultimately thought about them...Have you ever passed judgment on a book club selection before you've even read the first page? I'm guilty of doing just that.