The Book Club Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience

The Book Club Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience

by Diana Loevy
     
 

Booksellers know very well how ubiquitous the reading group has become, and The Book Club Companion is full of innovative ideas designed to entertain their members and enrich the book club experience. Inside, club members will find:

- The 10 Indispensable Titles across several literary genres including Beloved Lit, Brit Lit, Book Club Favorites,

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Overview

Booksellers know very well how ubiquitous the reading group has become, and The Book Club Companion is full of innovative ideas designed to entertain their members and enrich the book club experience. Inside, club members will find:

- The 10 Indispensable Titles across several literary genres including Beloved Lit, Brit Lit, Book Club Favorites, Classic Lit, Black Lit, Noir Lit, Literary Respite, Nonfiction that Reads Like Fiction, and Memoir
- Childhood favorites
- "Guilty pleasure" titles
- Conversation starters and tips for keeping discussions lively
- Theme gatherings and special places for meetings
- Drink and food recipes
- Craft ideas
- And much more

Editorial Reviews

Janet Maslin
Ms. Loevy, who developed the Reading Groups program for Bookspan, does include solid decade-by-decade lists of potential titles. They take up almost as much space as the recipes, and they are by far the best feature of this anything-goes guidebook.
— The New York Times
Library Journal
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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425210093
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 5.94(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Diana Loevy is a writer, entrepreneur, and editorial executive with an extensive career in publishing and media. She conceived, developed and launched the Reading Groups program for Bookspan, the book club division of Time Warner and Bertelsmann. As Reading Groups Editor for The Literary Guild and Black Expressions companion websites, she created the first-of-its- kind readers' guide incorporating unique book-related and home entertainment content for club members. Diana is also an active member of several book clubs in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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