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Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
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Think Outside the Box!

"Literature allows us to access the human condition in all of its complexities." comments Dr. Amy N. Ship, faciliticator of reading groups for medical professionals. She feels that literature can help them think creatively, as well as, clinically.

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2009 National Book Awards -- Did You Vote?

Congrats to Colum McCann for winning the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction with Let the Great World Spin!

Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence.

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You Heard It Here First!

I'm going to NYC and Boston next week to see our publishing partners. One of my favorite trips!

It's fun and so interesting to talk with editors and marketing folks to get the scoop on their upcoming book club picks. 

And then, I hope to include You Heard It Here First posts describing to you the next season's reading group appropriate books. Be in the know and tell your friends! More details later.

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Reading Group Holiday Parties

Bonnie asked for suggestions for her book club holiday party. One idea is to read A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote.

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National Bookstore Day

Bookstores across the country celebrated National Bookstore Day this weekend. I was a bookseller for 13 years. Covered Treasures in Monument, CO, McIntryes Fine Books and Bookends, Pittsboro, NC (Chapel Hill) and Market Street Books, Chapel Hill, NC. I loved those hours shelving books.

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Diva? Not Me!

Every now and again, reading groups complain of divas, know-it-alls -- any words meaning "please let others speak!"

Our group tried an egg timer. Two minute maximum in the first go-around that provided all members their say. Didn't work to well -- the vocal one still interrupted members' allotted time! So, the group, san the diva, tried something else. DON'T DO THIS AT HOME!! Unless the group is friendly and can laugh with (not at) each other.

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Oldie But Goodie

Do you cherish a “classic book" that you want others to read and love, as well? Ten authors, including Ruth Rendell, Hari Kunru, Joanna Trollope, Colm Toibin, relate their favorite neglected classics for BBC Radio Open Book series.

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Is it Over?

National Reading Group Month is over. Or is it? Reading groups and book clubs celebrate the book and literary conversation all year.

One case in point, reading groups have weighed in on the Guardian's First Book Award.

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Halloween Howls

I'm going to a Halloween party tonight. With the weather, I might just stay in and glance over some of my favorite Halloween stories.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. I am Legend by Richard Matheson. The Haunting of the Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

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