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May 6, 2008

Book Club Break-Up

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Today's guest blogger is Karen Dulak, who discusses how her book club unexpectedly disbanded, the new reading group she has joined, and some of the most memorable books she's read and discussed. Karen lives near the banks of the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota, with her husband, two kids, and a big orange cat named Cheeto. She loves to read, and when she isn't reading she is searching for something to read. Karen is a contributing columnist for the Winona Daily News.
May 5, 2008

One Book, Multiple Discussions

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A book club selection doesn't have to be read and discussed at a single get-together. Longer books and those with complex subject matter can be split over two or more meetings, as Heather Johnson's group, Storie delle Sorelle, has successfully done. To read Heather's previous ReadingGroupGuides.com blog post, click here.
May 2, 2008

Michele Martinez: Thrilling Reads

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Today's guest blogger is thriller writer Michele Martinez, who shares ideas for injecting some mystery into book clubs. Michele is a board member of the Mystery Writers of America and the author of the novels Most Wanted, The Finishing School, Cover-Up and, most recently, Notorious. She once served as a federal prosecutor in New York City, the occupation employed by Melanie Vargas, the main character in her suspense-filled stories.
May 1, 2008

Nancy Martin: Miss Marple Comes of Age

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Today's guest blogger is Nancy Martin, the author of The Blackbird Mystery Series, who shares some compelling reasons why book clubs might want to lighten up.
April 30, 2008

Jacqueline Winspear: The Ideal Book Club Read

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Our focus on crime fiction continues this week with Jacqueline Winspear, the author of the Maisie Dobbs series, who ruminates on the nature of book clubs --- and how one particular encounter she had with several reading group members illustrates the power of story.
April 29, 2008

Crime Fiction Week: Craig Johnson

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Today we venture into new territory with mystery scribe and guest blogger Craig Johnson, who has crafted a humorous story about a book club on the range. "It's fiction," says Craig, "but very well could have happened in my neighborhood. I live in UCross Wyoming, pop. 25."
April 28, 2008

Crime Fiction: A Bookseller's Perspective

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Murder and mayhem is the theme this week on the ReadingGroupGuides.com blog, to tie in with Thursday's annual Edgar Awards sponsored by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Starting us off today is Joanne Sinchuk, the owner of Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Delray Beach, Florida, who talks about the three mystery-themed book clubs she facilitates.
April 25, 2008

When Reading Selections Go Awry

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Regular contributor Jamie Layton shares some of the highs and lows of her reading group's selections...and why she might consider breaking some book club rules.
April 24, 2008

Dual Book Club Gatherings

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Four years ago guest blogger Liz Engl's book club met with another group to compare notes, and here she tells us how their December get-together became an annual tradition...and why. Living on an island in the middle of the Niagara River in Western New York, midway between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, provides residents with a unique, somewhat secluded, environment --- the perfect spot for book clubs to thrive.
April 23, 2008

Discussion Books Beyond the Bestsellers

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Some novels like The Kite Runner and Middlesex have become book club phenomenons because of the rich and varied material they provide for discussions, but ReadingGroupGuides.com contributor Esther Bushell shines the spotlight on some lesser-known titles that can make for conversations that are just as compelling.