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Archive for January, 2011

Sun, January 23rd, 2011
The Nobodies Album
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

As with my last post, The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst  is another book discussion book with a potentially frustrating, and possible unreliable, narrator.  In this case it is novelist Octavia Frost who is walking through Times Square one day on the way to deliver her new book to her agent when she sees on the […]


Sun, January 23rd, 2011
Otherworldly reading
Posted by: Kaite Stover

The book group crystal ball post of a couple of days ago is incomplete. One book I left out is A Discovery of Witches, bowing in February from debut novelist Debora Harkness. This rich and mesmerizing story of a scholar witch who tamps down her powers in pursuit of academic success and the vampire geneticist […]


Sat, January 22nd, 2011
Reynolds Price
Posted by: Neil Hollands

One of the lions of American literature, particularly southern literature, passed away Thursday at the age of 77. If your book group has not sampled the works of Reynolds Price, then now might be a good time to consider them. Price was a Rhodes Scholar and a long-time professor at Duke University. As a writer, […]


Sat, January 22nd, 2011
What We're Reading This Year: Women Who Dare
Posted by: Kaite Stover

This year I will be sitting in for one of KCPL’s favorite book group leaders of one of KCPL’s most lively book groups. Gayla wanted to take a little break and I was happy to step up and handle biblio-chat duties for her. Our Tuesday night group is Women Who Dare and these readers like […]


Fri, January 21st, 2011
Book Movement
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

Have any of you tried Book Movement? I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but I just came across it recently.  It looks good, but I haven’t bothered to sign up for a (free) membership yet.  Anyone want to give it a plug? They do have an impressive list of over 13,000 titles […]


Thu, January 20th, 2011
2010's Best Books of the Year in One Spreadsheet
Posted by: Neil Hollands

You don’t have to consult more than one source to get the results of all of the best-books-of-the-year lists in one spreadsheet. For the third consecutive year, I’ve been compiling all of the results, counting up all the votes, from all of the major review sources into one “megalist.” So far, I’ve compiled about 50 […]


Wed, January 19th, 2011
Strangers at the Feast
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

When a reader is frustrated with the behavior of the characters in a book can that lead to a dismissal of the book?  Is this misguided aggression against the author or is the reader mirroring the behavior of the characters that they are reading about?  How enjoyable can a book be when it has multiple […]


Wed, January 19th, 2011
Book Group Crystal Ball #ALA11 Midwinter
Posted by: Kaite Stover

Either I’m getting to know the right publishing reps, they’re getting to know my reading tastes, or it’s just going to be a bumper crop of good stuff for reading groups in 2011, take your pick. But I violated my cardinal rule of “thou shalt not cart home conference swag cause it hurts your back […]


Tue, January 18th, 2011
People will talk about reading
Posted by: Kaite Stover

Print or E, people still like to talk about what they’re reading. Some booksellers in the Chicago area are concerned, but others are not letting the new formats keep them from doing what they love–connecting readers with good books and other readers to talk to. They’re looking for ways to sell the new e-formats directly […]


Mon, January 17th, 2011
Surveying the Scene
Posted by: Ted Balcom

Like many book club leaders, I’m always on the lookout for news of what other groups are doing.  Whenever I visit my mother-in-law in Urbana, Illinois, I make a point to check her local newspaper to learn about the activities of the book clubs in her area.  Recently I discovered that the Champaign Public Library has encouraged […]





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