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Archive for September, 2011

Tue, September 13th, 2011
Visiting About "The Goon Squad"
Posted by: Ted Balcom

The last 15 minutes of every Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee meeting are reserved for reading recommendations offered by the committee members to each other.  It’s a great way to learn what your colleagues are reading and what their reactions are to these books – and at the same time, pick up some ideas about […]


Tue, September 13th, 2011
Bringing back the Buzz, Pt. 8
Posted by: Neil Hollands

The series of posts with ideas for perking up your group continues: 24. THE CHILDREN’S HOUR A fun alternative to heavy adult reading is a meeting devoted to children’s books. I recommend picking books from a particular age range: picture books, early chapter books, or young adult works, for instance. You might also want to […]


Mon, September 12th, 2011
The Killer is Dying
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

In my personal reading I have found that books from Europe and Central and South America often have a sensibility that is different from American titles.  If you have a book discussion group that enjoys this type of literature and have never tried a crime fiction novel, then James Sallis’ The Killer is Dying might […]


Fri, September 9th, 2011
Popular Science
Posted by: Neil Hollands

Can science work as a nonfiction subject for book groups? With the right book choices, the answer is a resounding yes, but it helps if you can find science writers who also capture the human side of science. When the scientists are discussed alongside their work, the results are often full of drama, suspense, and […]


Wed, September 7th, 2011
A Dance With Dragons: Discuss!
Posted by: Misha Stone

While BGB isn’t typically the place where epic fantasy series are discussed, since most book groups don’t want to read doorstops (let alone series comprised of five doorstops so far with two more planned), I just had to throw this out there. George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire aka […]


Wed, September 7th, 2011
Reading Ray Bradbury
Posted by: Misha Stone

I have been having my own Ray Bradbury reading streak of late and was pleased to discover that there has been something of a Bradbury revival out there. For one, Ray Bradbury just turned 91 and writer Alice Hoffman wrote a very nice piece for the LA Times about Bradbury to mark the auspicious birthday […]


Tue, September 6th, 2011
Bringing back the Buzz, Pt. 7
Posted by: Neil Hollands

I continue with my series of ideas for bringing excitement and variety back to a book group stuck in a rut: 21. A PLAY’S THE THING I’ve written often in this space about the possibilities of reading plays for book groups. Plays are quick and fun to read aloud. If your group is shy, you […]


Mon, September 5th, 2011
Labor-free reading for Labor Day
Posted by: Kaite Stover

Hopefully, you’re kicking back today and didn’t have to go into work. Since book groups tend to like memoirs, why not glance through some of these occupational memoirs and see what might suit? Explore the underbelly of so-called glamour professions and at the very least, learn to love your own job again. Blood, Bones & […]


Sat, September 3rd, 2011
Grabbing The White Tiger by the Tail
Posted by: Neil Hollands

I finally found time for Aravind Adiga’s 2008 Booker-Prize-winning first novel, The White Tiger, and it’s easy to see why the book received so much praise. Books with unreliable narrators make for fascinating group discussions, and Balram Halwai, the titular White Tiger, is one of the most cagy cats you’ll ever encounter. Born into poverty […]


Sat, September 3rd, 2011
Book group fashion
Posted by: Kaite Stover

What the fashion forward discussion leader will be wearing this fall. Talk about well-heeled.  





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