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Subject: What did your Book Club read last year?
Date Posted: 1/8/2010 5:24 PM ET
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I'm looking for some new ideas for my book club.  An undiscovered "gem".  We have done the usual book club books: Midwives, Edgar Sawtelle, Time Traveler's Wife, Boylen Girl. We try to stick to paperbacks to avoid the cost of hard covers.

Did anybody read a book club that you just loved?


Date Posted: 1/8/2010 6:34 PM ET
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The favorites of my book clubs from the last 2-3 years (in no particular order):

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer and Barrows
One Thousand White Women by Fergus
City of Thieves by Benioff
Distant Land of My Father by Caldwell
The Shadow of the Wind by Zafon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee
March by Brooks
The Chosen by Potok
Manhunt by Swanson
Devil in the White City by Larsen
A Pigeon and a Boy by Shalev
Olive Kitteridge by Strout
These is My Words by Turner
Moloka'i by Brennert
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by See


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Date Posted: 1/8/2010 7:03 PM ET
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Here's a few of my recent favorites, in no particular order:

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Cane River by Lalita Tademy

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 9:00 PM ET
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River of Doubt, by Candace Millard.  Teddy Roosevelt and a river journey in South America.  Absolutely fascinating. 

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks

Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruis Zafon

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 9:01 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos.  She also wrote a sequel--Belong to Me.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 6:48 PM ET
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Our favorite book club reads this year were...

Same Kind of DIfferent As Me, True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy * highly recommended for discussion, but deals w/ Holocaust  Persian PIckle Club by Sandra Dallas (light).

I would look at the challada's post about monthly/yearly favorites.   


Date Posted: 1/11/2010 8:18 PM ET
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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum

People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

The Sacred Heart - Sarah Dunant

One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus

City of Thieves - Benioff

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 6:57 AM ET
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We read a book a month,  our most recent favorite...not sure about hardcover/paperback status...I got my copy right here at PBS ;)

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini (sp?)  Got a thumbs up from all of us as the best book we have read in many months.

Going to look up some of the above suggestions as well, we are kind of in a dry spell right now.  Reading The Beautiful Cigar Girl, having a hard time getting into it.  Anyone able to recommend that I keep plugging on or should I just give up???

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Date Posted: 1/16/2010 6:58 AM ET
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Let me see if I can remember no order

Nicholas and Alexandra

Water for Elephants


Kingdom Coming

Maisie Dobbs

Pillars of the Earth


Oliver Kitteredge

Time Travelers Wife

I think I liked Water for Elephants the best of those



Date Posted: 1/16/2010 5:02 PM ET
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The Help would be a great book club book and should be out in soft cover later in the year.  People of the Book and Year of Wonders would be intrigueing for any groups I would think, both are by Geraldine Brooks.  

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 11:36 PM ET
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"People of the Book and Year of Wonders would be intriguing for any groups I would think, both are by Geraldine Brooks."

In one of my book clubs, we chose one author, Geraldine Brooks, and read her three fiction books -- Year of Wonders, March, and People of the Book -- in three consecutive months. Not only was each book worth reading and worth discussing on its own merit -- but being able to compare/contrast multiple books by a single author was indeed intriguing.