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World War II, Paris, and The Art World

I love historical fiction. Sara Houghteling’s sweeping debut novel, Pictures at an Exhibition, draws on the real-life stories of France’s pre-eminent art-dealing familes and the forgotten biography of the only French woman to work as a double agent inside the Nazis’ looted art stronghold.

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Teaser Tuesday 1/12 Cutting for Stone

Here's my teaser for Tuesday. Cutting for Stone is our book club choice for January. great themes for reading groups -- culture issues, betrayal, exile, love, family dynamics, healing. Halfway through the book and the meeting is Monday. Read, read, read!

"Perhaps the adults believed the Shiva, my busy, industrious brother, was naturally parsimonious with his words.

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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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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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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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National Reading Group Month Rocks On!

National Reading Group Month Rocks On! Reading groups, libraries, and bookstores celebrate the joy of shared reading. I've wrote about the awesome event in Nashville. Let's go across the country reviewing all the great reading group authors who discussed their books at the WNBA's chapter events.

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Short Stories and book clubs

I love short stories -- characters coming alive in compact narratives. There are many short story collections that makes great reading group picks and create lively conversation.

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Nashville and National Reading Group Month

Last weekend was my first time in Nashville and I was in for a ride! Authors descended on the Music City (I say, Book City) for the 21st Annual Southern Festival of Books.

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