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A year of reading : a month-by-month guide to classics and crowd-pleasers for you and your book group
Author:
Ellington, H. Elisabeth.
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Publication Information:
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2002]

©2002
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xviii, 314 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes indexes.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781570719356
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Book

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Summary

There are more than fifty thousand new books published each year. Choosing what to read can seem overwhelming. A Year of Reading relieves the anxiety by helping readers find just the right book for each month of the year.

Aimed at individuals and reading groups, A Year of Reading provides five fiction and nonfiction selections for each month with thorough summaries in the following categories: Crowd-Pleasers, Classics, Challenges, Memoirs and Potluck. This book also makes reading more fulfilling by providing additional selections, plus questions about the selections to stimulate thought and discussion.

Also included is information on authors, reviews, video and Internet resources and annotated lists of related reading. And if you still think reading is too passive, try one of the many activities suggested, such as author readings, visits to museums, nature hikes and more.

The appendices focus on book clubs, from the basics of starting your own to improving a group that has been together for some time.


Author Notes

Elisabeth Ellington grew up in Georgia and graduated from Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium, in 1995. She has taught at Brandeis University for several years. Her forthcoming doctoral dissertation focuses on biographies of eighteenth-century women writers. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Danny Wouters, a dog, two cats, and ten chickens. Her Seacoast New Hampshire book group has been together for seven years.

Jane Freimiller grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Haverford College in 1987. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College, she taught at a university for several years. She has also been a sales clerk, office temp, and Web designer. Jane currently lives in London with her husband, Kevin Connolly, and is a member of a neighborhood book group as well as one sponsored by the National Gallery in London.


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Booklist Review

The authors have fashioned a blueprint for a delightfully varied year of reading, reflection, and discussion. Whether it be for the member of an established book club, a novice attempting to launch a reading group, or an independent reader looking for suggestions, this guide offers something for everyone. It is organized around the calendar year; five titles designated as crowd pleasers, classics, challenges, memoirs, or potluck options are provided for each month. In addition to selections centering on appropriately seasonal themes, there are brief descriptions of each book, thought-provoking discussion questions, information about the authors, video and Internet resources, and lists of related readings. Literary discussion groups will welcome this invaluable resource. --Margaret Flanagan


Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1 January
Winter's Tales
Crowd-Pleaser
Skating to Antarctica: A Journey to the End of the WorldJenny Diski
Classic
My AntoniaWilla Cather
Challenge
Winter JourneyIsabel Colegate
Memoir
After and Before the LightningSimon J. Ortiz
Potluck
Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern LandscapeBarry Lopez
Chapter 2 February
In Honor of Black History Month: Family Legacies
Crowd-Pleaser
KindredOctavia Butler
Classic
PassingNella Larsen
Challenge
Middle PassageCharles Johnson
Memoir
Pearl's Secret: A Black Man's Search for His White FamilyNeil Henry
Potluck
The Farming of BonesEdwidge Danticat
Chapter 3 March
In Honor of Women's History Month:
New Life in the New World
Crowd-Pleaser
JasmineBharati Mukherjee
Classic
Bread GiversAnzia Yezierska
Challenge
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two CulturesAnne Fadiman
Memoir
To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and AmericaTara Bahrampour
Potluck
Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women editedMeri Nana-Ama Danquah
Chapter 4 April
Spiritual Gardening
Crowd-Pleaser
Mean SpiritLinda Hogan
Classic
The Good EarthPearl S. Buck
Challenge
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
by Terry Tempest Williams
Memoir
Dakota: A Spiritual GeographyKathleen Norris
Potluck
My Garden (Book):Jamaica Kincaid
Chapter 5 May
Women and Family
Crowd-Pleaser
Amy and IsabelleElizabeth Strout
Classic
Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen
Challenge
The HoursMichael Cunningham
Memoir
And I Don't Want to Live This LifeDeborah Spungen
Potluck
The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her FamilyElisabeth Bumiller
Chapter 6 June
Men and Family
Crowd-Pleaser
Before and AfterRosellen Brown
Classic
The Rise of Silas LaphamWilliam Dean Howells
Challenge
Native SpeakerChang-Rae Lee
Memoir
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusDave Eggers
Potluck
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in HeavenSherman Alexie
Chapter 7 uly
Women's Journeys
Crowd-Pleaser
On Pilgrimage: A Time to SeekJennifer Lash
Classic
Travels in West AfricaMary Kingsley
Challenge
Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya StarkJane Fletcher Geniesse
Memoir
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into BhutanJamie Zeppa
Potluck
Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian
American OdysseyLydia Minatoya
Chapter 8 August
Catastrophic Reading
Crowd-Pleaser
The Fireman's FairJosephine Humphreys
Classic
A Night to RememberWalter Lord
Challenge
MatigariNgugi wa Thiong'o
Memoir
The Last Voyage of the Karluk: A Survivor's Memoir of DisasterWilliam Laird MacKinlay
Potluck
Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon FireJohn Maclean
Chapter 9 September
Back to School
Crowd-Pleaser
Bee SeasonMyla Goldberg
Classic
Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë
Challenge
MooJane Smiley
Memoir
Dangerous Minds (previously published as My Posse Don't Do Homework)LouAnne Johnson
Potluck
The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in HarlemDeborah Meier
Chapter 10 October
Scary Stories
Crowd-Pleaser
The Haunting of Hill HouseShirley Jackson
Classic
FrankensteinMary Shelley
Challenge
Lives of the Monster DogsKirsten Bakis
Memoir
On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftStephen King
Potluck
NeverwhereNeil Gaiman
Chapter 11 November
Comfort Food, Comfort Reading
Crowd-Pleaser
She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, and Recipes in Limoges, LouisianaMichele Lee Wes
Classic
The Gastronomical MeM.F.K. Fisher
Challenge
The PassionJeanette Winterson
Memoir
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the TableRuth Reichl
Potluck
Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America 'The Joy of Cooking'Anne Mendelson
Chapter 12 December
Heartwarming Classics
Crowd-Pleaser
A Tree Grows in BrooklynBetty Smith
Classic
Little WomenLouisa May Alcott
Challenge
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive EditionAnne Frank
Memoir
The Story of My LifeHelen Keller
Potluck
Watership DownRichard Adams
Appendix A FAQs for Book Group Beginners
Appendix B Twenty-Five Ways to Build a Better Book Group
Index of Authors
Index of Titles
About the Authors