Many thanks to all of you who answered our latest Poll. We learned that 49% of you select the books that you are discussing with your group a month in advance of your meeting. You can read the results here: Past Polls. Information like this will help us program ReadingGroupGuides.com. No new poll this month. If any of you have an idea for a poll, please drop me a note at Carol@bookreporter.com.
This month I had the pleasure of interviewing David C. Major & John S. Major, the authors of 100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide. We discovered this book at Bookreporter.com and we were just crazy about it. For any of you who have a club where members are pressed for time, this book has some terrific selections for you to look at. Read how the authors made their choice for their 100 One-Night reads in our interview here.
As always we love to answer reader requests for guides. This month AndrusSF@aol.com requested Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and Mayan Haller requested The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. We also added The Language of Threads and Women of the Silk by Tsukiyama.
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In this month's Interview Arlee Smith of Farmington, CT and Joanne Pierce of Canton, CT tell us about the Canton Book Club founded in 1965. Our Recipe is for Lemon Squares and it comes from Sheila Faringelli of Kansas City, Kansas.
March Question of the Month:
In honor of the Academy Awards this month, we'd like to know if your book group has ever done a book-to-movie comparison? If so, what were the results? Share with us the books that made a good transition to the silver screen, as well as those that Hollywood should have left alone. Send your replies to Liz@ReadingGroupGuides.com.
Response to February's Question:
We asked readers to share the best book their group had readthat which was most liked or led to the best discussion. Your response was tremendous! Peruse the list belowyou're sure to find titles that your group will enjoy!
Contest: To win up to 20 free copies of Leaving by Richard Dry, all you have to do is sign up for the ReadingGroupGuides.com newsletter by April 1, 2002. (Don't worry, we won't add you to any other mailing lists or share your e-mail address with any other company.) Note: If you are receiving this newletter, there is no need to re-submit your name.
This Month We Highlight and Recommend three special titles....
These Granite Islands by Sarah Stonich
On her deathbed, Isobel-mother, wife, and hat maker-recalls the haunting and fateful summer of 1936 when her world was transformed. After her husband Victor takes their sons away for the summer to a remote island, Isobel meets Cathryn, a woman who will forever change the way she looks at life. An intimate story of friendship, a portrait of marriage, and a glimpse into the depths of loss, the events of this summer become the prism that refracts the essence of Isobel's life.
Clay's Quilt by Silas House
On New Year's Day, Anneth Sizemore decides it is time to leave her husband. With her three-year-old son, Clay, in tow, she heads for her hometown in the Appalachian Mountains. Along the way, she dies suddenly, leaving Clay alone and without a family. As an adult, Clay Sizemore is a Kentucky coal miner in love with his town but unsure of his place within it. He finds his family in the townspeople. Together, they help Clay fashion a quilt of a life from what treasured pieces surround him. In the great Southern tradition, Silas House has written a novel that will warm readers' hearts and charm their souls.
John Steinbeck John Steinbeck is a truly American author. 2002 marks the centennial of his birth. To celebrate this momentous occasion we have added the guides for three of his works ---The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and The Pearl. We also have an essay about him and the reviews of his other works that your group may appreciate.
More New Guides:
by Joseph J. Ellis
by Carole L. Glickfeld