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An American (Book Group) In Paris

American Library in ParisReading In The Shadow of the Eiffel Tower

Paris, 2017: Two blocks from the Eiffel Tower you’ll find the rue du Général Camou, and there, at number 10, the American Library in Paris. The library has existed for nearly 100 years. It was established in the days of the First World War, when it served as a resource for Americans stationed abroad.

Today it opens its doors to anyone who wishes to join, and features the largest English-language circulating collection on the European continent.

Among the benefits of membership to the library is its book clubs.

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Welcome to Reading Group Choices 2018

Welcome to our new edition! 

Reading Group Choices 2018 is now available for purchase (eBook and paperback) on our website! We hope you enjoy the variety of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult titles we have recommended this year. Thank you, readers, for your continued support, interest, and passion for books. Have fun choosing your books for the year! Happy reading and discussing!

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Our picks for 2018

Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passerello
As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Bang by Barry Lyga
Beck by Mal Peet
Behave by Andromeda Romano-Laz
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard
The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy
The Chilbury Ladies’

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Book Choices That Endure

A Century of Reading

Who says time travel is difficult? Yes, there are incredible novels and memoirs being published right now—every month—that will inspire great book club discussions. But don’t forget about the great titles from the past that still endure and even hold up to the best books of today.

Reading Group Choices invites your group to go back in time, whether 10 years or 100, for your next pick! Below you’ll find one book from every decade over the last century. Some may be familiar, and some unexpected. Either way, each stands on its own as a compelling read and offers a window into the culture and time that produced it.

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Coffee, Fika, & the Joy of Connecting Over Books

Wait. Press pause. Put down whatever you’re doing (except reading this!).

Wouldn’t you like a cup of coffee or some tea? Go ahead: Eat something sweet along with it, a pastry or cookie. Most of all, say hello to a friend, a neighbor, the person in the next cubicle, the parent on the playground. Take a few minutes to relax and catch up.

The concept is called fika (fee-ka), and it’s practiced in Sweden at least once or twice a day—a moment to stop, take a break, have a hot drink and a nibble,

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Great Group Reads 2017

National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Every October, WNBA organizes events nationwide, and announces an annual list of book selections for reading groups: Great Group Reads. To read more about Great Group Reads and see the other lists, click here.

Great Group Reads 2017

The Best of Us: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard
The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
Kinship of Clover by Ellen Meeropol
Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love by Marissa Moss
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Redemption of Galen Pike: Short Stories by Carys Davies
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
So Much Blue by Percival Everett
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

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Not Your Typical Reading Group Book

Adventurous Choices To Spice Up Reading Group Picks

Up for adventurous reading? Veer away from novels, stories, and biographies into the uncharted territory of these unexpected book group picks that include science writing, illustrations, and atlases of other worlds.


Pocket Island of Remote IsnaldsPocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will

by Judith Schalansky; Christine Lo (Translator)

Winner of the prize for the most beautiful German book of the year 

The Atlas of Remote Islands,

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