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July 24, 2008

Reads for Summer...and Other Times of the Year

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Bookseller and ReadingGroupGuides.com contributor Debra Linn offers some reading suggestions for the summer and beyond...
July 23, 2008

Books and Book Friends

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Do you have a particular person (or more than one perhaps) with whom you love to discuss what you're reading and swap book ideas? ReadingGroupGuides.com contributor Esther Bushell tells us about one of her favorite book friends.
July 22, 2008

Beth Gutcheon: Reading Alone and Together

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Today, guest blogger Beth Gutcheon ruminates on why reading is even better as a shared pastime. Beth's most recent novel, Good-Bye and Amen, is on sale today.
July 18, 2008

If At First You Don't Succeed....

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It's not always easy to find a book club to join --- or even to start your own. Guest blogger Trish Collins of Santa Rosa, California, shares the ups and downs of her search to find a reading group to call her own.I have wanted to be in a book club ever since I figured out that while I love reading, discussing books and connecting with people over books is part of what makes reading so great. Unfortunately for me, I didn't know any other avid reader who wanted to start a book club.
Today's guest blogger is someone who knows all about book clubs: Diana Loevy, the author of The Book Club Companion. Diana leads book discussions for the Connecticut Humanities Council and for private clubs and can be reached through her website: Dianaloevy.com. Here she shares some thoughts on what the summer season means for reading groups.
A few months ago my mom told me about a trilogy of books that she and her friends were reading that they could not stop talking about. She went on and on about the books, talking about the sweeping stories with endless details and the writer who wove intricate plots that twisted and turned. She told me that a number of people were reading them --- and they ALL loved them. They were not new books but rather had been published a while ago.
July 9, 2008

Mary Kay Andrews: Summer Reading

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Today Mary Kay Andrews shares her dual perspective as both an author and a book club member.
Today's guest blogger is Patti Callahan Henry, who offers an author's perspective on book club gatherings --- and how a novel can speak to each reader in a different way.
July 7, 2008

What Works/What Doesn't Work

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Last week Pam Cox shared selections read by her nonfiction book club and talked about how she formed a spin-off group for fiction titles. Today she has a tip for making sure your book club stays up to par --- by regularly having members offer their thoughts on what works and what doesn't. Here is how the members of the "Ladies of Pleasure, Reading" book club do it.
Today guest blogger Elizabeth Brundage, author of the novels The Doctor's Wife and Somebody Else's Daughter (which is on sale today), shares some observations about book groups --- the different perspectives members bring to a conversation, what she finds most satisfying as a writer and why it's i