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Archive for October, 2010

Thu, October 21st, 2010
Open Season leads to open conversation
Posted by: Kaite Stover

Mysterious Undertakings at Waldo Community Library, a branch of The Kansas City Public Library, gladly agreed to accommodate a drop in visitor who took copious notes and photographs. But then Waldo welcomes all newcomers and on this particular night, there was more than one newbie. Mysterious Undertakings meets the first Monday of every month in […]


Wed, October 20th, 2010
A Night of the Living Dead
Posted by: Neil Hollands

The fantasy and science fiction book group at Williamsburg Regional Library gathered last night for our annual Halloween meeting. The group reads on a different theme each month, and having explored other Halloween topics like vampires, werewolves, witches, and ghosts in previous years, this time we turned to 2010′s hottest monster: the zombie. The most […]


Tue, October 19th, 2010
The Last Talk with Lola Faye
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

I have been a champion of the writing of Thomas H. Cook who I believe to be one of the best historical writers, one of the best regional writers, one of the best psychological profilers, etc. etc.  So it was with great enthusiasm that I reached for the brand new Cook novel, The Last Talk […]


Tue, October 19th, 2010
Where future book group members will come from
Posted by: Kaite Stover

They’re raising them up right at North Kansas City Public Library. This library is unique in the Kansas City metro-area for being the only combination high school-public library and it serves a diverse community of adults and young adults. For the past four years, library media specialists Abby Yellman and Kristie Carney have been pulling […]


Mon, October 18th, 2010
Possible Pick: Keeping the House
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

Ellen Baker’s Keeping the House is a story-within-a-story, told with a deft hand and smooth pace.  Baker tells the story of a weathy Wisconsin logging family family from 1896 through the end of World War I, and the parallel story of a woman named Dolly bucking convention in the 1950s. Free-spirited Dolly doesn’t have anything […]


Sun, October 17th, 2010
Separated at publishing
Posted by: Kaite Stover

I have a twisted fascination for book covers that look alike. Right after I chortle, I wonder what the publishers’ art departments were thinking. They must not get out much. I understand trends in type styles and images, but the last pair of book covers? That’s just blatantly obvious and creatively unforgivable. Exhibit A: A […]


Sat, October 16th, 2010
Classic Mystery: Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar
Posted by: Misha Stone

I confess that I just read Josephine Tey for the first time. What took me so long? Well, I also confess that I am not nearly as widely read as I want to be. I don’t read nearly enough mysteries every year, or romances, or science fiction or fantasy novels either. So I am taking […]


Sat, October 16th, 2010
Reading in Pink
Posted by: Kaite Stover

In October, have your book group celebrate twice over with Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg. This perennial book group favorite is a natural fit for National Reading Group Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Berg’s compact, moving story is never maudlin or preachy. A group of friends gather to help one of their […]


Fri, October 15th, 2010
National Book Award Nominees
Posted by: Neil Hollands

The finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards were announced Wednesday by Pat Conroy from the childhood home of Flannery O’Connor. The nominees for Fiction are: Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule Nicole Krauss, Great House Lionel Shriver, So Much for That Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel Carey is […]


Wed, October 13th, 2010
Breaking down the Fourth Wall… from the Outside
Posted by: Neil Hollands

I’ve written several times here on Book Group Buzz about the value of using plays occasionally as your group’s selection. In particular, I love dividing up parts and reading all or part of a play aloud. It’s a vastly entertaining variation on the standard meeting that will give your group a new perspective on the […]





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