Book Club Bonanza
I have been enjoying a new book by Lauren Leto. Judging a Book by Its Lover:a Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere makes literate fun of our obsession with books and book clubs.
Chapters on "That Certain Bookstore Hookup", "How to Write Like Any Author", "How to Fake It", and "Book Critic's Bag of Tricks" show Leto' s familiarity with the world of publishing and her fond disrespect for it, too.
She even stereotypes people by favorite author. Dave Eggers:"Guys who are in the third-coolest frat of a private college." Richard Russo:"people whose favorite day in elementary school was Grandparents' Day." Ken Kesey:"Wavy Gravy."
More traditional books about book club choices can help you plan your club schedule or find your next individual reading pleasure. The Book That Changed My Life edited by Roxanne J Coady (of RJ Julia Bookstore) and Joy Johannessen has 71 writers celebrating the books that matter most to them. Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara? by Jenny Bond & Chris Sheedy tells the fascinating stories behind 50 of the world's best-loved books. The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp presents recipes to match each selected book , so readers may enjoy the food they have read about. The Book Club Bible features in-depth analysis of good reads with a non-spoiler synopses, background information. starting points for discussion and suggested companion books.
These books are shelved with the Speaking of Books collection. Just ask someone with a Library name tag to show you where they are. You will find many more of this type of book, along with over 700 Discussion Guides that have been prepared by request. You will also see multiple copies of many titles- available to be reserved for your book club. If the title you want is not in the Speaking of Books collection, we will try to get multiple copies for you. Just contact Susan Madeo. (And, if you need a discussion guide, our Reference staff will provide one for you.)
Speaking of Books was initiated twelve years ago to expand our support of local book clubs. Westport Library currently supports 45 active book clubs.