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Subject: Book Club selections
Date Posted: 7/23/2007 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 5/5/2006
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There was an article in this Sunday's paper ...  www.ajc.com..  about book club selections, how to pick, what to pick etc..  here's a short list to look at.

LIGHT FARE

"But Enough About Me," Jancee Dunn

"A Day Late and a Dollar Short," Terry McMillan

"Six Easy Pieces," Walter Mosley

"Strange Fits of Passion," Anita Shreve

"Lucia, Lucia," Adriana Trigiani

MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD

"Undaunted Courage," Stephen E. Ambrose

"The Emperor of Ocean Park," Stephen L. Carter

"The Known World," Edward P. Jones

"The Razor's Edge," W. Somerset Maugham

"Jubilee," Margaret Walker

MAKE YOUR LIT TEACHER PROUD

"My Antonia," Willa Cather

"Crime and Punishment," Feodor Dostoevski

"Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison

"Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov

"Frankenstein," Mary Shelley

Source: Metro Atlanta book clubs

RESOURCES

The African-American Literature Book Club: www.aalbc.com

Bookslut: www.bookslut.com

Book Clubs Resource: www.book-clubs-resource.com

Oprah Book Club Archives: www.oprah.com/obc/obc_landing.jhtml



Last Edited on: 7/23/07 4:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/23/2007 5:09 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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I couldn't get the link to bring up that article. 

I have noticed that some of the trade pb's out now have book club discussion questions in the back, as well as author interviews.

Date Posted: 7/24/2007 8:50 AM ET
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The link is for the online version of the newspaper, you may have to register to see any of the articles.  The whole article is in the Arts & Books section of the Sunday edition.  But the list is really what I found most interesting.

Here's the tips:

TIPS FOR BOOK SELECTION

Choose paperbacks, and put hardcovers on a list for the future.

Pick books for the next three or four meetings, so members have time to get them from the library or borrow from a friend.

Choose a popular author's earlier, more obscure work.

Revisit a book everyone read in high school.

Put all recommendations in a hat and have someone draw.

Bypass a book selection occasionally in favor of a movie outing or field trip.

If a book falls flat, compensate by serving extra-good food.

Source: Metro Atlanta book clubs

Date Posted: 7/24/2007 9:20 AM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2006
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Excellent thread and very helpful.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 1:58 AM ET
Member Since: 9/26/2005
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Lucia Lucia is too light for book club, Emperor of Ocean Park is too heavy.

I'd recommend checking www.bookclubreader.com  for good suggestions for reading as well as discussion questions, etc.