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Perhaps you are one of the millions who has tuned in and turned on to the hugely popular Oprah's Book Club. And perhaps by watching it, you've discovered a new, or rekindled an old, passion for reading. Now, with the guidance of Rachel W. Jacobsohn's revised and updated edition of The Reading Group Handbook, you, too, can start your own book club!
Book clubs and reading groups give fellow members the chance to break out of established reading patterns and learn adventurous approaches to creative material. With the help of The Reading Group Handbook, you'll get a definitive, step-by-step guide to starting your own book club, written by a professional reading group leader who has organized and led groups—face-to-face and even online—for over twenty years.
In this newly revised and expanded edition, you'll get information on:
With The Reading Group Handbook, readers will enjoy the benefits of a good book and a good book club.
|Oprah Did It|
|1||What Is a Book Group?||3|
|2||What Makes a Good Member?||15|
|3||Before the Real Fun Starts: Cost and Organization Details||22|
|4||Rachel's Rules of Order||36|
|7||The Art of Discussion||64|
|8||You Are What You Read||76|
|9||Member-Led vs. Professionally Led||103|
|10||Chat Room vs. Living Room||118|
|11||What Do We Really Talk About?||121|
|App. A||Selected Reading Lists||147|
|App. B||Syllabi from Rachel's Reading Groups||179|
|App. C||Syllabi from Groups Around the Country||205|
|App. D||Sources for Reviews, Criticisms, and Author Information||215|
|App. E||Glossary of Literary Terms||225|
|App. F||Advice from Questionnaire Respondents||233|