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Summer is often a time when we find ourselves spending long stretches of time away from home. It may be weekends at a beach or lake house...or, if you are really lucky, the whole summer season. It also may be days at a swim club, or weekends. Or you may be getting together with family. Bring on the “One-Book” Book Club. Think about ONE book that would be fun for the group to read and would make for a great discussion. Give it a vote if multiple suggestions are out there. Plot a date and time to talk, and enjoy the discussion. See this as a great opportunity to talk books with people you normally do not chat about books with. We’d love to hear your thoughts on ideas like this, as well as if you pull together a “One-Book” Book Club.

My book group is reading A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith for this month...or we were reading it for this month. Every night I would see the book on the coffee table in the family room. I had bought it instead of hunting down a copy that I KNOW I have in the attic. Each night it would be staring at me like it had high beams flashing, saying, “Read me,” but there was a lot of “Bookreporter Assigned Reading” on my plate. But, ah, the guilt every time I saw the book sitting there with no pages read.