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From Literature to Real Life: Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give

The Hate U GiveSince its release last year, Angie Thomas’ debut young adult novel The Hate U Give has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller, gathered starred reviews, earned a National Book Award nomination, and is currently in film production. And its success comes for good reason. The book grapples with important, timely issues surrounding racial injustice and police violence, and what it means to be a teenager in the contemporary world.

The novel tells the story of 16 year-old Starr Carter, an African-American teen who witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil by the police.

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Mary Sharratt

Mary Sharratt is the author of six novels.

Sharrat’s latest novel, Ecstasy, explores turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna.

Mary Sharratt recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss her work with an audience. Mary also took the time to answer our Q&A.

702WI: What book changed your life?​
Mary Sharratt: When I was a teenager I read Nor Hall’s book, The Moon and the Virgin, which I treasure to this day. It opened me up to the living reality of myth,

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is the author of two novels.

Swanson’s latest book, The Glass Forest, is a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s.

Cynthia Swanson recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss her work with an audience. Lorna also took the time to answer our Q&A and she shared life-changing books, Norwegian curse words, her favorite bookstore, and what she finds most fascinating in the world of science. 

​702WI: What book changed your life?​
Cynthia Swanson: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen.

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Min Jin Lee

National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee is the author of two novels.

Lee’s latest book, Pachinko, charts the saga of four generations of a poor immigrant Korean family.

Min Jin Lee recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss her work with an audience. Min took the time to join us for a Q&A, sharing life-changing books, her favorite bookstore, and the best part of giving readings.

702WI: What book(s) changed your life?​
Min Jin Lee: Middlemarch by George Eliot and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

702WI: What book(s) are coming out this year that you’re looking forward to reading?

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Why Book Groups Should Read Poetry

Expand your Reading Repertoire with Poetry

For even the most avid readers, the prospect of delving into poetry can be intimidating…but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled a list of where you might begin, from poet Matthew Zapruder’s convincing argument as to why reading poetry is important, to some of the most breathtaking, beautiful, and bold poetry books published in recent years.

To get started, select a book and then check out our suggestions for how to introduce poetry into your reading group and spark discussion.

Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder

In Why Poetry,

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The April Spotlight Group Is…

April Spotlight:
New Friends of Northern Kentucky

The April Spotlight Group is Bookworms of Northern Kentucky!

Bookworms of Northern KentuckyThis month we’re featuring the book group Bookworms of Northern Kentucky which has been reading books together for 16 years!

Over the years, some members have changed, but they all share the same love of books and good writing. They meet monthly from September to June, at homes or the local library. They choose the year’s books every June, and everyone volunteers either to review and/or be hostesses. Their parent organization is a group of 150 women who gather monthly and choose small group activities to foster friendship and service.

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