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Mother's Day Selection: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

With Mother's Day right around the corner Alexandra Fuller's memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness would be a great pick for a Mother-Daughter book club or a Mother's Day themed book club meeting.

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Author On the Bookcase: Jennifer Miller


The Year of the Gadfly


Please welcome Jennifer Miller, author of The Year of the Gadfly, to On the Bookcase! Jennifer tells us how her novel was inspired by the ancient tradition of Sortes Vergilianae.




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RGC Attends Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA!

VA Festival of the Book  

Reading Group Choices attended the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 24th. I, Laura Vianna, was a panel member for the Book Club workshop. I was able to inform the audience of a few tips that Reading Group Choices has gathered over the years from book clubs. A few included:


-Book Club Awards
-Book Group Website
-Charity Involvement
-Food by the Book
-Author Chats
-Field Trips
-Diversify group membership

At the end of the workshop, the audience was able to share what their book clubs do for fun as well as ask the panel questions and seek advice.

Reading Group Choices also gave away five boxes of books to five lucky winners for their book clubs. Maybe we will be at an event near you!

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RGC visits Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC!

Quail Ridge Books & Music Logo

Quail Ridge Books & Music held a "Book Club Bash" at it's store on Monday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 21st. At this Bash, employees of the book store had chosen 2-3 books each to present to a crowd of local book club members. Each presented book was picked because it would lead to a lively book club discussion.  

Reading Group Choices came bearing gifts. Each day the bash was held, RGC gave away 5 boxes of books as a random drawing to different book groups that attended the Bash. We gave away about 120 books!

              Laura at Quail Ridge

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Author On the Bookcase: Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers


Please welcome the author of The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, to On the Bookcase! She has made a "Dictionary of Flowers" that in relationship to her novel, that will make for a great book club resource.


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A Letter from Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers



Author Alice Hoffman has written a letter to all readers about her new novel, The Dovekeepers (April 2012).



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Author On the Bookcase: Kate Furnivall


The White Pearl 

Please welcome Kate Furnivall, author of The White Pearl, to On the Bookcase! In an essay she has written, she tells us how note taking is the key to writing her novels. Take it away Kate!


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NPR Interview with Jessica Goodell, author if Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq


Shade it Black

Jessica Goodell has written a memoir entitled Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq about her duties as a member of the mortuary affairs unit of the Marines. She was inteviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air. This memoir is intense but highly discussible. With themes of military, women's lives and personal challenges, paired with the NPR interview, this book will surely get your book group talking.

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