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December 8, 2008

Book Club Discord

Posted by carol
Have you ever broken up with a book club? What do you do if you don't get along with a fellow member or you don't like the group's reading selections?

Yesterday the New York Times delved into the topic of book club discord in an article titled "Fought Over Any Good Books Lately?" in the Style Section. "Who knew a book group could be such a soap opera?" said Barb Burg of the publisher Bantam Dell. "You'd think it would just be about the book. But wherever I go, people want to talk to me about the infighting and the politics." Also featured in the article is contributor and book club facilitator Esther Bushell.

The bottom line is that book clubs come in many different make-ups. Some like to read only lighter fare, others the classics or political books or a mix of titles. Some like to focus on the book discussion only while others like to work in time for catching up on personal lives. And sure, sometimes it doesn't work out. There is no right or wrong way to conduct a book club, and here at we regularly hear from many, many people whose groups are thriving. You just have to find one that works for you.