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Archive for July, 2010

Sat, July 31st, 2010
IndieBound
Posted by: Misha Stone

One of the great things about independent bookstores is that you will usually find bookstore employees who care about books and know their stuff. Not that these book people can’t also sometimes be found in big box or mall bookstores, but book knowledge isn’t the premium there (in my experience–but I will fully admit to […]


Sat, July 31st, 2010
Sunday Smirk #37: Make Cosmopolitans
Posted by: Kaite Stover

The Friends of the Invercargill Public Library have discovered an artistic way of dealing with all the donated chick lit novels as well as advertising the latest book sale.


Fri, July 30th, 2010
"Poor" Books for Excellent Book Groups
Posted by: Neil Hollands

As a librarian, I’m in regular contact with the working poor. They are rarely ragged or smelly. Unless one has an extremely keen eye, they look just like other Americans. My town is relatively well-to-do, so poor people are less common than in other parts of America, but there is still no shortage of people who struggle […]


Wed, July 28th, 2010
Making Choices
Posted by: Ted Balcom

Whenever book discussion leaders get together to exchange war stories, which they frequently do at meetings of the Adult Reading Round Table, the conversation turns to the topic of which titles have been good choices for recent discussions and which ones haven’t worked as well.  What I have to share is a little unusual, since […]


Wed, July 28th, 2010
Men and their Dogs
Posted by: Kaite Stover

Earlier this month Neil provided ten themes for August book groups and one of those themes was dog books. He mentioned one of my favorites, The Art of Racing in the Rain and I have more titles to add for those groups full of animal lovers. It seems a man and his dog have been […]


Tue, July 27th, 2010
Alan Ayckbourn: Master of Marginalia
Posted by: Neil Hollands

Plays are quick to read, can be read aloud by your group at the meeting, and are fascinating to discuss. More groups should put them on the agenda. Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a hugely successful English playwright, some say the most frequently performed since Shakespeare (although this is difficult to prove or disprove). Still, I’m […]


Tue, July 27th, 2010
Bartender, a Dubonnet and a Dumas, with a twist!
Posted by: Kaite Stover

In Nagykovacsi, Hungary the denizens of Gyopar, a Communist-era watering hole, don’t cry in their beer, they read over it. Over at NPR, someone noticed. They debate, compare, analyze, fact-check, and explicate using the many books on the shelves of the Gyopar. Owner Peter Maurer had a lot of books sitting around and decided his […]


Mon, July 26th, 2010
Women's Fic Pick: Bird in Hand
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline is the story of two couples, friends since college, who find their marriages crumbling.  Allison and Charlie have been struggling to keep up appearances  in their marriage, but when Allison is involved in a car crash that kills a young child, she discovers she cannot count on her […]


Sun, July 25th, 2010
Sunday Smirk #51
Posted by: Kaite Stover

The Tonbridge Wells Metropolitan Ladies’ Reading and Expoxy Society honors the best in discussable books since the society’s formation in 1897. The sculpture sits in the lobby of Digby’s Laser Tag Showdown.


Fri, July 23rd, 2010
Our Town: Connecting Your Book Group to Your Community
Posted by: Neil Hollands

In this cyber age, we often forget how much more centered we can feel if we develop a sense of place. When you ground your group in its local setting, then participants will develop that strong sense of community. What may have been mere meetings have a better chance of becoming life events. In that spirit, here […]





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