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Crimes of the “Art”

Lost manuscripts, stolen paintings, forged masterpieces. Crimes of the “art” are a perennial favorite, and we love to take part in them as readers.

Perhaps a love of books makes us fascinated by mysteries and crimes that involve books themselves. Perhaps we all dream of finding the never-before-seen novel, or discovering that our thrift-store canvas is actually worth millions…

Reading Group Choices has assembled a list of reads that focus on literary and artistic crimes. Stories of black markets and priceless treasures, great fakes and people who may not be who they seem. They raise good questions about what’s real and what isn’t,

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with David McGlynn

Experience the small, often hilarious, moments common among parents of young children in this heartfelt book

Author David McGlynn explores the many surprises of fatherhood in his new memoir One Day You’ll Thank Me, and recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss his work with an audience. David also kindly took the time to answer our Q&A after he shared part of his memoir.


702WI: What book changed your life?

David McGlynn: Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore.

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RGC Survey Results 2017

Our discerning RGC Readers have spoken in our annual survey and we’re pleased to present the favorite books in each genre from 2017—novels that take readers around the world and back in time; nonfiction that focuses on everything from humor to science to mortality; and a lively mix of young adult books.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?

2017 Favorite Fiction Reads from RGC

1. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
2. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

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Readers Answer Why They Love Book Groups

Readers Love Book Group

Our Readers’ 2017 RGC Survey Results Are In!

Why do RGC readers love book groups so much? We were curious, so we asked you in our annual survey. Check out the reasons why book lovers across the country love gathering and gabbing about their favorite books.



1. Camaraderie, Friendship, & The People!

Many of our readers reported how much they love getting together with similarly book-obsessed friends not only to discuss books but also share social time, food, and—of course—wine.

2. Different Perspectives

Whether it’s reading a memoir set in another country,

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Top Ten Read Books from RGC 2017

Our 2017 survey results are in and along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten read books specifically from Reading Group Choices 2017.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?

1. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald


A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.


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Adding a Touch of Poetry to Your Prose

Memoir and Novel Selections for National Poetry Month

It’s National Poetry Month! But book groups may be asking: what does that have to do with us? Here’s an idea that involves adding a bit of poetry to your prose reading—without the rhyme schemes.

Poetry has a reputation for being difficult to understand: too much concentration for too little reward. And book groups might struggle to know where to begin when discussing poetry, because the things they usually talk about—plot, character, theme—may not appear so directly. Besides, how do you begin to discuss a collection of dozens of poems?

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