Discussible Choices: What Are You Reading? May 2011

Congratulations to Artie and The Troy Book Club 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!

“Many of our group traveled more than wo hours from Troy, Michigan, to Battlecreek to meet with a book club group there.  We were brought together by one our members who knew several of the Battlecreek members.  There was an instant bond and warmth as we stepped into our hostess's home.  Between wonderful food and wine, we got to know each other (for three hours), before we even started to talk about The Help.  What a varied and unique discussion we had, since one of their friends who was raised and currently lives in Mississippi, was tele-conferenced into our discussion.  What a truly wonderful way to discuss a book.   We will do it again!!  New friends were made - a great book was read!!  (Love the newsletter!  I pass it along to other members of our group.)”

Artie, The Troy Book Club, Monroe, MI

More Discussible Book Choices

“Our book club really enjoyed Sarah's Key.  The story was so heartbreaking that it was a little difficult to read, but we all enjoyed it and had a good discussion.”

Melissa, JCSB Group, Jewett City, CT

Sarah's Key led to a discussion about how much truth is covered up how long it takes for the real story of history to be told.”

Phyllis, Las Animas Readers, Las Animas, CO

Come, Thou Tortoise:  Our group was smaller that night but we talked non-stop for about 2 1/2 hours about the book. Lots of humour, sadness, and wonderful relationships.  A couple of us read it a couple of times.  Highly recommend the book.”

Jean, Galacious Girls Book Club, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

“Our book club read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  The book was Duluth's One Book One Community Challenge this year.  Jamie Ford even spoke at our local library.  We all found it a very good read.”

Dee, French River Readers, Duluth, MN

“Our group read Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw. We knew that there were many components and it would be hard to remember all the details, so we each took 2-3 viniettes. and facilitated the discussion.  We talked for 2.5 hours, barely had time for wine and dessert :)”

Carrin, Chapter Chat, Hugo, MN

The Lotus Eaters, by Tatjana Soli, was a revelation about the Vietnam War for some of us whose family members  served but could never talk about it. It's also a great tale about figuring out what really matters in life. Definitely worth going outside your comfort zone!”

Barb, Oak Hollow Bookies, High Point, NC

“If you want a lively discussion try The Legs Murder Scandal by Hunter Cole. This is true crime set in Mississippi in the 1930's.”

Cecelia, The Chapter 1 Book Club, Pearl, MS

The Queen of Palmyra

Carole, Heritage Wake Forest Book Club, Wake Forest, NC

“One of the best discussible books that our group has read is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.”

Cam, Mission Swamp Book Club, Murrells Inlet, SC

“We just read Citizens of London, an excellent non-fiction account of America's representatives in London at the time of WWII.”

Linda, Women's Voices, Norfolk, VA

“One of our most memorable meetings involved a variety of books about the same topic. One person brought all of the books, and we each chose one to read. We had dinner at a member's house and discussed a medley of books about late 19th century Texas, the frontier West, the cattle trains and women pioneers and cowgirls.  We discussed the role of women in that era (and the role of the beef cow).”

Barbara, Sturdy Shoes Book Group, Memphis, TN