A Year Of Reading

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Overview

There are more than fifty thousand new books published each year. Choosing what to read can seem overwhelming. A Year of Reading relieves the anxiety by helping readers find just the right book for each month of the year.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570719356
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Ellington grew up in Georgia and graduated from Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium, in 1995. She has taught at Brandeis University for several years. Her forthcoming doctoral dissertation focuses on biographies of eighteenth-century women writers. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Danny Wouters, a dog, two cats, and ten chickens. Her Seacoast New Hampshire book group has been together for seven years.

Jane Freimiller grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Haverford College in 1987. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College, she taught at a university for several years. She has also been a sales clerk, office temp, and Web designer. Jane currently lives in London with her husband, Kevin Connolly, and is a member of a neighborhood book group as well as one sponsored by the National Gallery in London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

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

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