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November 16, 2009

Book Clubs in the News

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In this round-up of book club news, members share anecdotes, advice and recipes. You'll meet a group that thinks not finishing a reading selection is just fine, another that finally decided on a name after meeting for two years, one that has an interesting method for selecting books picks and more.

Attleboro Sun Chronicle: A Men's Book Club? You Bet
An all-male reading group --- strangers when they first gathered a year ago at a public library in Norton, Massachusetts --- discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Very Small" Book Club Shows that Size Doesn't Matter
Find out how members of the vsbc (Very Small Book Club) use a “Genre Jar” to make book selections --- and why members "aren’t in trouble if they didn't finish the book" and actually think it enhances the discussion

Lexington Herald-Leader: Club of the century: Books Optional in 100-Year-Old Reading Group
The members of the 100-year-old Country Book Club in Versailles, Kentucky, "exist to learn, to revere books, to support each other, to laugh and to tell each other about their lives. Not always in that order, but always with those priorities." Author Visit Do's and Don'ts
Considering having an author join your book club discussion? Here are some etiquette tips from Audra Otto of's Book Club Club.

The News Enterprise: My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Members of The Ultimate Book Club Share Their Recipes
Mary Alice Holt reveals how her two-year-old reading group in Kentucky recently decided on a name --- and serves up recipes for Ultimate Book Club Pizza and other dishes.

Press-Register: Book Clubbers Share Great Reads, Friendship
The founding principle of the Carpe Diem Book Club in Alabama is "good friends sharing good books." Their reading selections have ranged from autobiographies by President Obama and Senator John McCain before last year's presidential election to recent choices by Southern writers like Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees) and Cassandra King (The Same Sweet Girls).

The Villages Daily Sun: True Crime Book Club Members Take a Break from Reading to Play Detectives
A Florida book group, which reads solely true crime tales, took a break from page-turners and put their deductive powers to the test with the sleuthing game "Crack the Case."