Discussible Choices: What Are You Reading? February 2011

Congratulations to Barbara and The Groton Public Library Book Club AND to Lena and The Chalice Readers 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!

“Our group had quite a lively discussion about Her Fearful Symmetryby Audrey Niffenegger. Some members really disliked the book and others really liked it--this always seems to lead to a much more animated discussion than when everyone loves the book. I loved it; it's a bit creepy, imaginative, and explores the lengths to which people will go in the name of love. Not to mention, now I absolutely have to visit Highgate Cemetery in London, as it is presented so intriguingly in the novel.”

Barbara, The Groton Public Library Book Club, Groton, CT

“At our last book club gathering we discussed Game Change by John Heilmann and Mark Halperin. It's full of juicy gossip, amazing unknown facts about top political figures, and unbelieveable information about the 2008 election race that will shock the reader. It is a non-fiction book that reads like fiction. We loved it!”

Lena, The Chalice Readers, Escondido, CA

More Discussible Book Choices

“We really enjoyed discussion The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  The book raises issues and addresses topics that are very relevant to today's society, which lends itself well to discussion.”

Catherine, Book Club for Adults, Chillicothe, IL

“Our January selection was The Postmistress.  It provided us with a healthy discussion on WWII, choices we make in life and secrets revealed and kept.”

Gretchen, Northpark Book Club, Covington, LA

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larson.  I think one of the reasons it was so enjoyable is that it is easier to discuss difficult issues in the context of another country rather than our own political system.”

Diane, 7 at7, Cedar Rapids, IA

The Weird Sisters has three women who are still in the same character as when they grew up.  It invites talk about siblings and how family get-togethers tend to take detours.  I love the place where one talks about being able to change or not.”

Alyson, Joseph Beth Singles Book Club, Shaker Heights, OH

“We just finished discussing Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese & thoroughly enjoyed it! We all felt we learned alot about practicing medicine in other countries & about the doctor-patient relationship itself. And at the end we decided that we wish Dr Verghese was our own personal doctor!”

Ruthie, The Carpenter Village Book Club, Cary, NC

“Our book club was reading Saturday Wife, by Naomi Ragan. It was a very hot topic. There was so much to talk about. We also had a few women that were insulted, even though it was a satire.”

Linda, The 38th Street Diva Readers, Little River, SC

“In December, we had an author chat with Amy Greene on her book Bloodroot. What a fantastic read & discussion! Each member had 1 or 2 questions to ask her & she answered them thoroughly.”

Sue, Broads Who Read Books, Saratoga Springs, NY

“We had a very interesting discussion after reading The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  Some of us love the idea of time traveling, while others wanted to discuss sorting out what could "really happen" and what could "not happen" within the context of time travel.  It was very fun and entertaining because those of us who enjoy any idea of time travel can easily suspend our clasp on the "here and now".  Others with a more black/white view of "reality" seemed unable to suspend their grip and just enjoy the idea.  Great book!! Great discussion!”

Karen, WOW (Women of Words), North Richland Hills, TX

My Life in France. Loved the movie Julia and Julia, so decided to read her memoir.”

Mary, Westwood Readers, Saint Cloud, MN

“My book club of 10 usually meets monthly on a Friday night with light snacks and wine.  Our most lively discussion to date has been Poisonwood Bible. Every member had something to contribute because the book was very thought provoking on so many levels.  We loved it !!”

Lauren, The Bookies, Glendale, WI

The Room; The Heretics Daughter; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Karen, MDCC Book Club, Cary, NC

“Our club enjoys a great variety of books. We find we read books in the club we would never have read outside of the club.”

Dee, French River Readers, Duluth, MN

“Thank you so much for a great news letter.”

Amy, Tuesday Night Teachers, Ringgold, GA