Discussible Choices: What Are You Reading? October 2011

Congratulations to Sarah Jane and The East Williston Library Book Discussion Group at North Bellmore 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!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot proved to be an unforgettable discussion. Why? We learned that one of our members had been a student nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore one year after Henrietta passed away. Her personal insights and memories made the book come alive. Each member provided heartfelt reactions to this true and heart wrenching story.”

Sara Jane, The East Williston Library Book Discussion Group at North Bellmore, East Williston, NY

More Discussible Book Choices

Our book club just read Left Neglected by Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice. Everyone enjoyed the book despite some of the group thinking that they would not before they read it.  Those readers stated that based upon the subject matter that they thought the book would be depressing or possibly too "clinical" to enjoy but they were pleasantly surprised.  The book was interesting and actually uplifting instead of depressing.  None of the group had ever heard of the condition "Left Neglect" before reading this.  It made for a very interesting discussion as all of the characters were flawed as are we all in real life.

Laura, Blackey Library Book Club, Jeremiah, KY

Recently we had a wonderful discussion on Alice LaPlante's new book, Turn of Mind.  There were elements that everyone could relate to personally, which always serves to draw out good conversation.  In addition, the story was complex, with an interesting narrative structure, and that gave us plenty to talk about.

Catherine, Book Club for Adults, Chillicothe, IL

This month we are reading Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris. Next month, Hush by Eishes Chayil. We are looking for a good book for December!

Susan, The Friday Morning Bookclub, Owings Mills, MD

Cutting for Stone was fabulous!!  We all loved the book. The twists and turns of the story, and the wonderful writing had us all enchanted.

Barbara, Sturdy Shoes Book Group, Memphis, TN

We are just getting started. There are six in our group so far. Our first and only book to read so far was The Shack. We would love to read Christian-based books.

Cheryl, Sisters and Friends, Mounds, OK

Wally Lamb's The Hour I First Believed led to a great discussion in our group. The Columbine shooting, post-traumatic stress, the history of women's prisons, and several family secrets are just a few of the plot elements to discuss. In addition, member's different reactions to Lamb's exuberant writing style was a discussion all by itself.

Mary, The Lit Lovers, New Brighton, MN

We read A Daughter's Walk last month, and it was an interesting look at early feminism and the history of the time.

Lori, Book Club, Wayland, MA

We just read Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff and had amazing discussion about it. Our summary about it can be found on our website,

Thien-Kim, From Left to Write, Silver Spring, MD

The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney.  We wanted a light book instead of the usual books.  Was a fun,quick read.

Gail, Monday Night Readers, Anoka, MN

Water for Elephants provides interesting reading about different time periods in the same man's life. In The Mountain Between Us, we liked the different love stories it contained and that it was a clean read with a surprize ending. Composing Amelia is a good realistic book about how mental illness affects a family. And The Devotion of Suspect X is a great mystery from a completely different perspective. Japenese detective. Very good, reminds me of Columbo.

Kathleen, Book Club, Las Vegas, NV

Whispering Season by Ivan Doig

Phyllis, Las Animas Readers, Las Animas, NV

I love Reading Group Choices.  I look forward each month for your on line reviews and preview of new and old books.  Thank you for all you do.

Dottie, Baldwin Book Club, Pittsburgh, PA

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Susan, Reading Optional Book Club, Cary, NC