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The book club companion : a comprehensive guide to the reading group experience
Loevy, Diana.
Adult Nonfiction LC6615 .L64 2006

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ContentsPage
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 - The Belovedsp. 5
The Ten Indispensable Titlesp. 7
No Leader, No Problem: Discussion Basicsp. 19
Club Rules: May We Knit?p. 22
When Pets Misbehave: Flying Minnies and Slobbering Horacesp. 25
Club Rules: When Pets Meet the Club Checklistp. 28
The Unexpected Meeting Place: The Botanical Gardenp. 29
Hosting Basics: How to Be Popularp. 31
Angry, Often Desperate Housewives: The Novelsp. 33
The Beloved Cocktailp. 35
An Anne Tyler Celebrationp. 37
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1920s Book Clubp. 45
Chapter 2 - The Book Club Classicp. 47
The Twenty Indispensable Titlesp. 49
Four Questions for Isabel Allendep. 72
No Leader, No Problem: Your Next Bookp. 74
Club Rules: E-mail Stylingsp. 76
When Pets Misbehave: Baddest Kittyp. 77
Book Club Style: Flowers from The Hours and Mrs. Dalloway's Hothousep. 78
The Costume Dramap. 80
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: An Appreciationp. 82
The Tween Book Club 101p. 84
A Bel Canto Eveningp. 86
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1930s Book Clubp. 93
Chapter 3 - Classic Fictionp. 95
The Twenty-one Indispensable Titlesp. 97
What Is a Classic?p. 122
Club Rules: How True! Mark Up Your Book without Mercyp. 124
When Pets Go Missingp. 126
The Tween Book Club: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewisp. 128
The Many Favorites of Ernest Hemingwayp. 130
Classic Fiction Anniversary Partyp. 131
Chapter 4 - Brit Lit Ioip. 145
The Ten Indispensable Titlesp. 147
Touring Thematically: Channeling Jane Austenp. 159
Meeting Thematically: Form a Spin-Off Literary Societyp. 161
When Pets Preenp. 163
The Tween Book Club: The Witches by Roald Dahlp. 165
P.G. Wodehouse 101p. 171
Luncheon at the Clubp. 174
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1940s Book Clubp. 178
Chapter 5 - Red, White and Noirp. 181
The Ten Indispensable Titlesp. 183
No Leader, No Problem: Customizing Discussion Questionsp. 194
When Pets Misbehave: The Fearful Guestp. 196
Touring Thematically: Authors at the Lecternp. 198
The Indispensable Short Story Collectionp. 200
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious: An Appreciationp. 203
The Indispensable Platter: Vegetables All Year Longp. 206
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1950s Book Clubp. 209
Chapter 6 - Literary Respitesp. 213
The Ten Indispensable Titlesp. 215
Six Questions for Alexander McCall Smithp. 227
The Best Generic Questions for Discussing Seriesp. 229
New Year's Resolutions for Book Clubsp. 230
Book Club Craft Essentialsp. 232
The Tween Book Club: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capotep. 234
Book Club Style: Gift from the Seap. 236
Holiday Celebrationp. 238
Snacking at the Clubp. 240
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1960s Book Clubp. 243
Chapter 7 - Black Litp. 247
The Ten Indispensable Titlesp. 249
Five Questions for Bebe Moore Campbellp. 262
No Leader, No Problem: The Flip Sidep. 264
Book Club Style: A Color Purple Flower Celebrationp. 265
The Indispensable Reading List: Memoir and Nonfictionp. 266
The Tween Book Club: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylorp. 268
Casting Callp. 270
Book Club Supperp. 271
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1970s Book Clubp. 276
Chapter 8 - Nonfiction That Reads Like Fictionp. 279
The Ten Indispensable Titlesp. 281
No Leader, No Problem: Meeting Stylep. 292
The Indispensable Reading List: Biographiesp. 293
Savannah Stylep. 294
The Indispensable Reading List: The Arcane Thrillerp. 295
A Restaurant Meetingp. 296
Best Generic Discussion Questions for Nonfictionp. 298
Supper at the Clubp. 299
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1980s Book Clubp. 303
Chapter 9 - The Memoirp. 305
The Ten Indispensable Titlesp. 307
Five Questions for Ann Patchettp. 319
The Cultural Revolution, Before and Afterp. 322
Enchanted Summer Book Clubp. 324
Seasonal Fruit Plattersp. 326
Supper at the Clubp. 327
Time Travel: If You Were in a 1990s Book Clubp. 332
Bibliographyp. 335
Acknowledgmentsp. 337


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