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Aimed at individuals and reading groups, A Year of Reading provides five fiction and nonfiction selections for each month with thorough summaries in the following categories: Crowd-Pleasers, Classics, Challenges, Memoirs and Potluck. This book also makes ...
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Aimed at individuals and reading groups, A Year of Reading provides five fiction and nonfiction selections for each month with thorough summaries in the following categories: Crowd-Pleasers, Classics, Challenges, Memoirs and Potluck. This book also makes reading more fulfilling by providing additional selections, plus questions about the selections to stimulate thought and discussion.
Also included is information on authors, reviews, video and Internet resources and annotated lists of related reading. And if you still think reading is too passive, try one of the many activities suggested, such as author readings, visits to museums, nature hikes and more.
The appendices focus on book clubs, from the basics of starting your own to improving a group that has been together for some time.
Chapter One January Winter's Tales Crowd-Pleaser Skating to Antarctica: A Journey to the End of the World by Jenny Diski Classic My Antonia by Willa Cather Challenge Winter Journey by Isabel Colegate Memoir After and Before the Lightning by Simon J. Ortiz Potluck Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez
Chapter Two February In Honor of Black History Month: Family Legacies Crowd-Pleaser Kindred by Octavia Butler Classic Passing by Nella Larsen Challenge Middle Passage by Charles Johnson Memoir Pearl's Secret: A Black Man's Search for His White Family by Neil Henry Potluck The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
Chapter Three March In Honor of Women's History Month:
New Life in the New World Crowd-Pleaser Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee Classic Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska Challenge The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman Memoir To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America by Tara Bahrampour Potluck Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
Chapter Four April Spiritual Gardening Crowd-Pleaser Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan Classic The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck Challenge Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams Memoir Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris Potluck My Garden (Book): by Jamaica Kincaid
Chapter Five May Women and Family Crowd-Pleaser Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout Classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Challenge The Hours by Michael Cunningham Memoir And I Don't Want to Live This Life by Deborah Spungen Potluck The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family by Elisabeth Bumiller
Chapter Six June Men and Family Crowd-Pleaser Before and After by Rosellen Brown Classic The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells Challenge Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee Memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers Potluck The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Chapter Seven July Women's Journeys Crowd-Pleaser On Pilgrimage: A Time to Seek by Jennifer Lash Classic Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley Challenge Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse Memoir Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa Potluck Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian American Odyssey by Lydia Minatoya
Chapter Eight August Catastrophic Reading Crowd-Pleaser The Fireman's Fair by Josephine Humphreys Classic A Night to Remember by Walter Lord Challenge Matigari by Ngugi wa Thiong'o Memoir The Last Voyage of the Karluk: A Survivor's Memoir of Disaster by William Laird MacKinlay Potluck Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John Maclean
Chapter Nine September Back to School Crowd-Pleaser Bee Season by Myla Goldberg Classic Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Challenge Moo by Jane Smiley Memoir Dangerous Minds (previously published as My Posse Don't Do Homework) by LouAnne Johnson Potluck The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem by Deborah Meier
Chapter Ten October Scary Stories Crowd-Pleaser The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Challenge Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis Memoir On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Potluck Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Chapter Eleven November Comfort Food, Comfort Reading Crowd-Pleaser She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana by Michele Lee Wes Classic The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher Challenge The Passion by Jeanette Winterson Memoir Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl Potluck Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America 'The Joy of Cooking' by Anne Mendelson
Chapter Twelve December Heartwarming Classics Crowd-Pleaser A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Challenge The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank Memoir The Story of My Life by Helen Keller Potluck Watership Down by Richard Adams
Appendix A: FAQs for Book Group Beginners Appendix B: Twenty-Five Ways to Build a Better Book Group Index of Authors Index of Titles About the Authors