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Archive for September, 2009

Fri, September 18th, 2009
Last Month with the Lobster
Posted by: Misha Stone

It’s hard to say goodbye to a book group, even for a short time. But this month I was reminded that it’s harder to go out discussing a book that you feel a little too close to. I knew that September would be my last book group discussion before my maternity leave began, and was […]


Fri, September 18th, 2009
The Secret Is Out about Oprah's Next Pick
Posted by: admin

Despite CIA-level layers of secrecy and security, Oprah’s next book club pick has been leaked, according to an article in The Washington Post.  It’s Say You’re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan, a Nigerian-born priest who teaches in Zimbabwe.  The book, the author’s first,  is a collection of five stories set in five difference African […]


Thu, September 17th, 2009
Best Book Club Blogs
Posted by: admin

The winners of the second annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week Awards were just announced.  There were nominations in 15 categories, including Best Reviews, Best KidLit Blog, and Most Chatty. In the Best Book Club Blog category, the winner is Books on the Nightstand. Other nominees were 5 Minutes for Books, APOOO Book Club, Book Club Girl, and Every Day […]


Thu, September 17th, 2009
An Appreciated Book Blog
Posted by: admin

Did you know that this is Book Blogger Appreciation Week? Neither did I, but when I found out I was prompted to pay an overdue visit to Book Club Girl, one of the nominees for Best Book Club Blog. Book Club Girl works in publishing, so she knows books, but she “vows to talk about books from all […]


Thu, September 17th, 2009
Book Group Research, Part 3: Publisher Sites and Booksellers
Posted by: Neil Hollands

Can book groups find useful material on the websites of publishers and booksellers? It’s the essential modern dilemma: There’s good information to be mined, but to get it, you must run the gauntlet of sales come-ons, pop-up ads, and praise that borders on pandering. Is it worth the effort? The answer is yes, but focus […]


Wed, September 16th, 2009
THREE CUPS OF TEA
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

This month our staff book discussion subject was “Bestsellers”. Being the book discussion leader, I decided to reach for a mega-book discussion title that I had not yet read: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Let’s get the negative off my chest: I did not find the writing style of […]


Wed, September 16th, 2009
Speak, Memory
Posted by: Neil Hollands

Quick! What were the last five books that your group read? Not even close, were you? I’ve been thinking about memories lately, as it seems more and more often, I have to rely on writing things down to save mine. I keep lists of what I’ve read and what I want to read. I use an […]


Tue, September 15th, 2009
A Bird of a Book
Posted by: Ted Balcom

When I chose Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes for a recent book discussion, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the discussion itself.  As I read the book, I sensed there would be a strong reaction to it — it was so different from any of the other books we”ve discussed in the group.  But […]


Tue, September 15th, 2009
Read, Discuss, Eat
Posted by: admin

If food is part of your book group meetings, you might want to get yourself a copy of Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook from the King County Library System Foundation. Around 90 writers (most of them from the Pacific Northwest) have contributed recipes. For a discussion of a book by Elizabeth Berg you could bake her […]


Fri, September 11th, 2009
Book Group Research, Part 2: Reviews
Posted by: Neil Hollands

Remember when tracking down book reviews was challenging? I can remember spending hours in my university library, slogging through references in Book Review Digest, then spooling through microfilms or paging through rebound journals, then struggling to line pages up in a photocopier. The Internet has made finding book reviews terribly easy. The magic words are simple keywords–the book […]





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