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Fri, May 16th, 2014
S.: A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
Posted by: Kaite Stover

If you really want to mess with your readers’ minds, then give them a book that is a classic literary mystery surrounded by marginalia written by two strangers, and stuffed with letters, postcards, maps, and a decoder wheel. And you’d better give them at least two months to read said book. But it won’t matter, […]


Thu, May 1st, 2014
No One You Know
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

I disappeared into this book. While finishing No One You Know by Michelle Richmond before my monthly crime book discussion I had one of those episodes where all the white noise disappears and time stops except for your reading. I think the clue as to why this novel so appealed to me is that the […]


Mon, April 28th, 2014
Population 485
Posted by: MaryKate Perry

Once, at a party, I was chatting with a therapist who told me he recommended Michael Perry’s Truck to several patients (he had also recommended Eat, Pray, Love, because he felt his patients needed to read about someone who knew how to “let it all hang out”).  I was instantly in line with his books-as-medicine approach. […]


Tue, April 22nd, 2014
Race in America: Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
Posted by: Misha Stone

Nigerian born author Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie has written a powerful, politically-charged novel in Americanah, and book groups should take note. Americanah is the story of a Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who moves to the United States to further her education and spends her years abroad analyzing and processing what it means to be a “Non-American Black.” […]


Wed, April 16th, 2014
Discussing Saladin Ahmed’s “Throne of the Crescent Kingdom”
Posted by: Misha Stone

Last week my book group, Other Realms, discussed Saladin Ahmed’s Hugo award nominated novel, Throne of the Crescent Kingdom. I was excited to discuss Ahmed’s book with the group because I enjoyed the book myself and think Ahmed is brilliantly funny and astute on Twitter. We started by talking about the characters. One reader expressed […]


Fri, April 11th, 2014
Heart-Shaped Box
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

This month’s library staff book discussed surprised me.  Our genre of the month was horror which does not seem on the surface to be my staff’s favorite type of literature to read.  We also do not see a lot of customers reading horror outside of the bestseller types like Stephen King. Speaking of Mr. King, […]


Wed, April 2nd, 2014
Short Stories for Men
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

I just read three different short story collections that would work for a book discussion or two plus could attract male authors with their subject matter. First off is one of my perennial favorite novelists, Thomas H. Cook. His short story collection Fatherhood and Other Stories (2013) contains 11 stories, most of which deal with […]


Mon, March 31st, 2014
Howdy, Pilgrim
Posted by: MaryKate Perry

It is not down on any map; true places never are. – Herman Melville Sometimes I read a book with such memorable and delicately honed prose, such surpassing charm, that the less said about it, the better.  These are books where I miss the characters when I close the cover for the last time, and find myself wondering, […]


Wed, March 26th, 2014
Mothering and Daughtering
Posted by: MaryKate Perry

I have recently developed an interest in adolescence. Until now, I was just trying to forget it ever happened to me.  I am not alone in thinking back on those years of hormone-fueled drama with regret and bewilderment. Just the word “puberty” makes people shudder.  Try it; bring it up in a group and there will be […]


Tue, March 25th, 2014
A Reprint with a Revival: “Stoner” by John Williams
Posted by: Misha Stone

About two years ago was the first time that I heard about John Williams’s novel Stoner. Like many New York Review of Books reprints, it was mentioned in reverent tones. “You have to read this,” people said, “it’s a masterpiece.” In the Guardian, author Julian Barnes called Stoner the “must-read novel of 2013″ and went on […]





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