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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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Loevy, who has a career in publishing and is herself a member of several book clubs, here offers help on everything from establishing book club rules to deciding where to meet and what to drink. In addition, she provides lists of books for discussion-classics like Moby-Dick and Vanity Fair as well as contemporary novels, short fiction, and memoirs. In many cases, she supplies a short plot summary, a critique of the publisher's discussion questions, and accompanying suggestions for recipes, favors, attire, and creative meeting locations. Among her book list categories is "Time Travel," made up of book club picks for each decade from the 1920s to the present. Not immune to alternative formats, Loevy also alerts readers to audio versions of books as well as DVDs (and includes critiques). Purists may scoff at the heavy emphasis on entertaining, but Loevy promotes book clubs as social groups that go beyond just reading and discussing literature. One other potential drawback: a bibliography with suggested editions would have been a welcome addition. Recommended, then, for large public collections.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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