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


"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


"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


"My Antonia," Willa Cather

"Crime and Punishment," Feodor Dostoevski

"Invisible Man," Ralph Ellison

"Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov

"Frankenstein," Mary Shelley

Source: Metro Atlanta book clubs


The African-American Literature Book Club:


Book Clubs Resource:

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Date Posted: 7/23/2007 5:09 PM ET
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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.

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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:


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

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Date Posted: 7/24/2007 9:20 AM ET
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Excellent thread and very helpful.  Thanks.

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

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

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