Discussible Choices: What Are You Reading? August 2011

Congratulations to Margery and The Tuesdays at Seven Book Group for winning the random drawings for this month’s Discussible Book Choice!

We enjoy hearing from book club members who share with everyone the book choices that made for lively discussions.. Please let us know what about the book contributed to your great discussion – you may win a book-related prize for every member of your reading group!

“My book group had an interesting discussion about Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.  This unlikely but true story of a life-changing friendship and the transforming power of love and faith provided a number of wide ranging discussable topics, including: treatment of the homeless, cancer, visions from God. It also provided us with a history lesson on the life of southern sharecroppers.  One of the important ideas we discussed was how simply recognizing, talking to and listening to an individual can be the beginning of a positive life change for the persons on both sides of the conversation.”

Margery, The Tuesdays at 7 Book Group, Kissimmee, FL

More Discussible Book Choices

“I must write to tell you that we had a great discussion of Peter Geye’s book Safe from the Sea.  We did use the questions from Reading Group Choices 2011 as well as several others.  We discussed among other things the Norwegian personality and why Olaf wanted his body buried in the lake as opposed to his ashes.  It is our One Book One community read this summer, and the author will join us for discussion this week. Here is a suggestion for book clubs:  we went around the circle and told what we thought of the book and then discussed the book.  After the discussion the same question was asked to see if anyone had changed their opinion. Thanks for your great newsletter.”

Jane, The Original Excelsior Library Book Club, Excelsior, MN

The Help, The Book Thief, and Kabul Beauty School all brought great discussions, but the one that stands out is Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  I don't think there was a woman or man (yes, we do have one and sometimes two male members) who did not have some personal experience with Alzheimer's disease.  This sensitive subject resulted in sometimes quite personal reflections, always thoughtful comments. Actually, I think this book brought about bonding like no other. I'll never forget the book or the discussion either.”

Laurie, Church Reading Group, Moorhead, MN

“One book that the members of our club seemed to really enjoy was The Watchman, by Robert Crais. To inform our discussion, we watched a short video or two of interviews with the author, which gave some insight into what he was trying to do in his book.  I think they enjoyed the excitement of the plot, as well as discussing some of the deeper themes in the book.”

Catherine, Book Club for Adults, Chillicothe, IL

Unbroken by L. Hildenbrand is a wonderful, inspiring book. It is available for eBooks.  The story is captivating and will not disappoint the reader. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  This book will provide mounds of discussion for a book group.  It will inform, inspire, and cause you to think while telling a story that will touch your heart.”

Barbara, Book Club, York, ME

“We read The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli, an interesting story about a woman journalist in Viet Nam during the mid 60's to 70's. Story of her job, love affair, war. It led to interesting discussion about journalism and war, and the quest for the next best story. Also allowed for discussion of Viet Nam culture.”

Lynn, BABES, Chester, MD

“To help us stay cool during the hot summer months we read The Christmas Cookie Cutter Club and held a Yankee Swap at our July meeting. It was Christmas in July!”

Mo, Booktini, Raynham, MA

“We are an eclectic group and read all kinds of things.  Our most lively discussion happened with The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  I'm not sure why, but we all really enjoyed the book.”

Marie, Cartier Readers, Cartier, Manitoba

“We recently had great discussions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Someone Knows My Name and In the Garden of Beasts.”

Lori, Book Club, Wayland, MA

“Thanks for all the books and info you have sent us, a great service.”

Jo, First Tuesday, Colquitt, GA

“We have a "first" and a "second" coed Danbury (CT) book clubs with another in the wings. Currently, we have over 70 members in both clubs and meetings are limited to 12.”

Jeff, First Coed Danbury Area Book Club, Danbury, CT