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Title:
Good books lately : the one-stop resource for book groups and other greedy readers
Author:
Moore, Ellen.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xiv, 348 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780312309619
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The inside scoop on book groups--from the nation's leading experts
As book group members across the country have discovered, Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens know everything there is to know about book groups, and then some. The founders of the country's first book group consulting company, in" Good Books Lately" they dish out fun, stimulating advice based on their own experiences and those of hundreds of book group members on everything from:
* How to start a group---and keep it going
* How to tell a book by its cover (really )
* How to generate a lively discussion
* Behind-the-scenes anecdotes, dirt, and favorite book lists
* The best and worst book group books
* Book group troubleshooting, no matter what sort of group you belong to
* And much more
If you're looking for new ideas to spice up your book group, wondering how to join an existing group, or hoping to start your own, " Good Books Lately" will give you the goods to make your book group experience a rousing, rewarding success.


Author Notes

Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens are the cofounders of Good Books Lately, Inc., and have helped thousands of book groups nationwide. They are finishing their Ph.D.s (on the cultural phenomenon of book groups) and teach English at the University of Denver. They both live in Denver, Colorado.


Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

This practical resource for starting a book group is very timely, considering the proliferation of book groups over the past seven years. Book groups (or book clubs) have been around for a long time, possibly since the early 18th century, but were more recently popularized by Oprah Winfrey. This first work by Moore and Stevens (both Ph.D. candidates, Univ. of Denver) is an easy-to-read guide that gives readers an abundance of information on everything from choosing the type of book (e.g., fiction, autobiography) to understanding characters, plot, and setting. The book also covers the dynamic of the book group session-i.e., how to decide who will lead the discussion, formulate questions, and get others involved. The first chapter, "Sewing Circles and Salons," provides an overview of reading in groups throughout history and includes a brief section focusing on women and reading. In "The Greedy Reader Menu," the authors discuss what makes a good book group book and provide a listing of some categories and sample titles. For instance, the category "People and Cultures" includes works like Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Chang Rae Lee's A Gesture Life. Suitable for public libraries and other public venues (such as community centers) where book groups are likely to congregate.-Valeda F. Dent, Hunter Coll., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.