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Cover Art What titles do we recommend for book clubs? Here's a rundown of what Hennepin County Libraries are reading this month:

*Maple Grove Library
I Still Dream About You
Fannie Flagg

Defending Jacob
William Landay

*St. Louis Park Library:
The Soul Thief
Charles Baxter

*Ridgedale Library:
The Lost City of Z
David Grann

*Linden Hills Library:
Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri

*Champlin Library:
The Likeness
Tana French

*Westonka Library:
Mayor of the Universe
Lorna Landvik

Sound intriguing? Check out the full list of dates and times and join us at your local library. New readers are always welcome!
posted Nov 13, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

One Minneapolis One Read book discussions
Cover Art One Minneapolis One Read commences in September around the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County Library is pleased to offer a series of book discussions relating to this year's book, A Choice of Weapons. We welcome you to join us as we explore the life of Gordon Parks and the larger issues of race, class, and artistic voice in Minneapolis history.

Check our Events page to find a book discussion near you as well as other programming in support of this year's event.
posted Aug 5, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

Resources for your book club
Cover Art If you are a book club member, you've probably experienced the frustration of not being able to get the book from the library in time for your meeting. Did you know that Hennepin County Library has book club kits? You can choose from hundreds of titles, reserve the kit online and have multiple copies of the book to hand out to your fellow book club members at the same time.

While you're browsing for your next book club selection, make sure to visit Bookspace for lists of popular book club titles, tips on leading a meaningful discussion and much, much more!
posted Jun 12, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

Cooking up some good conversation
Cover Art Food plays a magical role in many works of literature, from Edmund's Turkish delights in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the fried green tomatoes from Fannie Flagg's Whistle Stop Cafe. And when planning a top-notch book club meeting, finding foods that relate to the book is the perfect finishing touch for great conversation.

Try one of these titles to find recipes and inspiration for your book club:
The Book Lover's Cookbook
The Book Club Cookbook
Kafka's Soup

Bon Appetit!
posted Apr 16, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

Inspired novel trips
Book your vacation, literally! Minnesota Monthly's April 2013 issue features 14 trips with Minnesota literary connections. Some of the books would make great book club books.
posted Mar 20, 2013 by Rose R. Category: Book Clubs

Book Clubs At Your Library
Cover Art If you stop by any Hennepin County Library this summer, you will be floored by the number of book clubs available for children and teens. At many locations, it's a long-standing institution and enthusiastic kids of all ages sign up early to make sure they're included. This is great, you may be thinking, but what about those of us a little older?

Hennepin County offers a variety of book clubs for adults that you may not know about. Take, for instance, the Mystery Adult Book Club at Nokomis or the Last Word Book Group at Southdale. These thriving reading communities may not be as noticeable as their young counterparts, but are no less successful or enjoyable for their members.

Ask your local librarian if your library has an Adult Book Group or if you could help to start one. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and share great books while you're at it!
posted Feb 20, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

Minnesota Book Award Finalists Named
The Minnesota Book Award finalists were named in eight categories. The state book awards gala is April 13, 2013 in Minneapolis.
posted Jan 30, 2013 by Rose R. Category: Book Clubs

Oprah Returns
Cover Art For millions of avid readers, the term "book club" inevitably calls to the mind the wildly successful Oprah Book Club of yesteryear. Beginning with The Deep End of the Ocean in 1996, Oprah Winfrey engaged passionate readers and undoubtedly created many, many new readers with her show's monthly book discussion, often including the book's author for the conversation.

Although she no longer has a television show for a platform, Winfrey recently announced the commencement of Oprah 2.0 to continue her love of discussing books. This new online book club maintains the spirit of the original while utilizing technology from a new era. Based on the number of requests in Hennepin County for her two current picks, Oprah wasn't the only one who missed the book club! Feeling nostalgic for the original? Check out our list of titles from Oprah 1.0 to get some great discussion-provoking titles for your own book club, too.
posted Jan 2, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Book Clubs

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