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Monday, October 14, 2013 9:30 am
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Posted by: Kaite Stover

I love thaGreatGroupReadst the folks at Buzzfeed are readers. Their witty and literary lists make me think about grouping books in quirky ways.

One of their most recent lists, “65 Books You Need to Read in Your 20s” should be mined for titles that might attract a younger demographic to the book group, and if it doesn’t do that, it will certainly generate conversation about youthhood, how it’s changed, if its changed, and at the very least, how reader perceptions of their 20s andQuicksand 30s have changed.

I’d never heard of these novellas from Nella Larsen, Quicksand and Passing, written by a half-Danish, half-black women and published in the 1920s.

Look for some well known classics and memoirs on this list and also be reminded of other books that you meant to read or reread. And take note of the collections of essays and poetry. I’m fascinated by Actual Air by David Berman, a former front man for a rock ‘n roll band.

Plenty here to fuel a reading list for eager book group members.

 


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