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Archives - March 2009

What is your book club reading? How often and where do you meet? Do you enjoy speaking with authors? is conducting a survey of book groups, and we'd love to hear from you. Our goal is to identify trends and topics that are of interest to book groups that we can share with publishers and authors so they can provide the information and resources to enhance your meetings and discussions. We have not done a survey since 2001, and we know that a lot has changed in the last eight years.
Today's blog is written by the terrific trio of Sonja Somerville, Robin Beerbower and Elizabeth Hughes of the Salem Public Library in Salem, Oregon. They've teamed up to offer their thoughts on Robert Goolrick's A Reliable Wife --- and share some of the questions that kept them talking about this gripping debut novel.
March 6, 2009

Change of Heart

Posted by carol
In a review of Change of Heart,'s Kate Ayers wrote that it's Jodi Picoult's "most thought-provoking novel to date. You may not believe in the death penalty, or you may scoff at religion, but you cannot deny the astonishing power this story holds. It will force you to look at the issues from all sides."
March 5, 2009


Posted by carol
The descriptive copy for Chris Cleave's novel Little Bee is intentionally vague. It says in part: "We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it.... Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it.
Today, Judith Ryan Hendricks offers her take on how reading groups are beneficial to writers --- and why she's looking to book clubs to help her answer the question, "What is your novel about?" Judith's most recent novel is The Laws of Harmony, and she is also the author of The Baker's Apprentice,
March 3, 2009

The Magic of Book Clubs

Posted by carol
Carolyn Turgeon's new novel, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, is about the fairy godmother from the classic tale, who is living in present-day New York City and longing to return to her otherworldly homeland.
March 2, 2009

Book Clubs in the News

Posted by carol
Occasionally we highlight news articles about reading groups and related topics. This month's round-up features a mother-daughter book club in Dublin, a graphic novel group, the Dining Divas and more.The Arlington Advocate: Getting GraphicIn Lexington, Massachusetts, a graphic novel book club --- made up of both die-hard fans and those new to the genre --- discusses selections ranging from "the latest trends to the more obscure."