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Thu, November 28th, 2013
All for the Love of Nick
Posted by: MaryKate Perry

If Nick Hornby would just answer my calls, then I could propose. We both have spouses, but perhaps some accommodation can be made. This man has written three of my favorite novels (High Fidelity, About and Boy and Juliet, Naked) and the screenplay to An Education.  This embarrassment of riches would all be enough for me, BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Each month […]


Wed, October 30th, 2013
Read This!
Posted by: Neil Hollands

One of the ways to identify a true book lover is to find the person who secretly enjoys building up a much longer “to-read” list than time will possibly allow one to read. I know I’m talking to a fellow bibliophile when someone confesses loving the hunt for good books almost as much as the […]


Fri, September 20th, 2013
The Novel is alive and well, thank you very much: How to Read a Novelist
Posted by: Misha Stone

John Freeman is a passionate reader. John Freeman is also a champion of authors, books and reading. He has been a book critic for years, was president of the National Book Critics Circle and editor in chief at Granta. He has interviewed countless authors and he shares his insights and conversations with many of the […]


Sun, August 19th, 2012
Tough talk about "Beautiful Forevers"
Posted by: Kaite Stover

If book groups haven’t been asking for Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katharine Boo yet, be prepared. They will. This book is a marvelous piece of narrative nonfiction that will appeal to many readers. It’s journalist Boo’s first book and unlike other journalist nonfiction, Boo adopts an unusual point of view to tell the story […]


Mon, June 25th, 2012
No 'Fault' Discussion
Posted by: Kaite Stover

One of my favorite book groups to facilitate is the KCPL/Kansas City Star FYI Book Group. One of this group’s greatest strengths is that no one has ever met before. In fact, that’s almost a requirement for joining. The KCPL/KCStar FYI Book Group comes together every six to eight weeks at different times, days, and […]


Mon, June 4th, 2012
Last quarter of the Orange
Posted by: Kaite Stover

It was the last page for one of Britain’s most prestigious prizes for fiction written by women. Last month, Orange, the British telecommunications company, announced it would no longer fund the Orange Prize for Fiction. A new sponsor has not been announced. Last week debut novelist Madeline Miller, considered a long shot among the six […]


Sun, June 3rd, 2012
Oprah 2.0
Posted by: Kaite Stover

Get ready for the Queen of the Book Club to retake her throne. Last week Oprah Winfrey announced the comeback of the world’s largest book club, dubbing it Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Oprah calls it an “interactive online book club for our digital world.” Oprah recognizes all the many new ways readers are sharing and […]


Fri, April 27th, 2012
Hit Lit Crit Kit
Posted by: Neil Hollands

In crime writer James W. Hall’s new book Hit Lit, he argues that most bestsellers, and in particular twelve mega-sellers that he examines, share some common characteristics. Like many experienced readers, Hall became frustrated with the quality of the books that made the bestseller list. But teaching a course on bestsellers began to change his […]


Fri, July 22nd, 2011
501 Great Writers
Posted by: Neil Hollands

I’ve been updating some lists of classic authors at my library, and using the Julian Patrick-edited 501 Great Writers to do it. This is the kind of book that I enjoy bringing to a book group occasionally just to pass around the room. It may lead to ideas for which writers to try next, or […]


Wed, July 13th, 2011
Coming Up: 2011 and early 2012
Posted by: Neil Hollands

The Millions has an excellent write-up of 66 of the most interesting titles coming between this July and April 2012. While most book groups prefer to wait for the possibility of paperbacks, these are titles worth putting on your radar and tracking in the upcoming year. Many of the titles have connections to past works […]





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