October 1, 2001
What a month September
was for all of us. I think we are all still coming to grips with the events
of the 11thtrying to figure out what it means for ourselves, our families,
our country. In the waning days of the month, I suddenly realized I'd not
picked up a book in two weeks. Unable to concentrate on novels, I found
I was watching the news more, reading magazines more, wanting to get as
much information as I could about what was going on. Speaking to a friend,
she said she'd finally had to impose a "news blackout" for herself, overwhelmed
by what she was seeing. Instead, she devoured books like crazy. Not her
usual literary choices, but rather mysteries, romances and anything escapist
she could lay her hands on. I'm interested....have the last few weeks brought
any changes to your reading habits? Are you looking for lighter fare to
take your mind off things? Are you reading more non-fiction to educate yourself
about current events? Or finally getting to those classics you've been putting
off forever, realizing there is no time like the present? Or were you, like
myself, temporarily unable to find solace in books? Write to me at Liz@ReadingGroupGuides.com
and let me know.
Meanwhile, if you're looking for ways you can help the victims and rescuers
in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, look no further than our home
page. On ReadingGroupGuides.com
there is a link that enables you to donate to the American Red Cross,
and on our parent site, BookReporter.com,
we have a link to Helping.org, another organization offering aid to those
In October, we're bringing more books to you than my yard has leaves!
Our recommends this month cover a wide range of genres. Your group might
consider Jill Ker Conway's Australian memoir, The
Road from Coorain. Or you might pick up the C.S. Lewis classic The
Screwtape Letters. If mystery is your thing, Raymond Carver's final
Philip Marlowe novel, The
Long Goodbye, is sure to entertain. And if you like science fiction,
you'll be sure to love Octavia Butler's Parable
of the Sower. And there's also Oprah's new pick, The
Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, which is already drawing raves as
the great American novel!
discussion this month asks how your group deals with that one member who
never has anything positive to say. What do you say to someone who is
always critical of your book choices and spends your meetings picking
them apart? Last month we asked you how your group kept itself from falling
into a reading rut. Find out how you can keep your selections interesting
and varied. In Advice
and Ideas, find out how one group raided a local bookstore! We also
offer other suggestions for keeping your meetings lively.
is with The Book Bimbos, a group of married couples who have learned that
they can't always predict how each member will react to a certain group.
They've learned that bonding over books is one of life's best experiences.
recipe is for Pumpkin Bread, sent to us by Jennifer DiSoto of Tacoma,
Remember that your subscription to this newsletter is your entry into
our monthly contest. In October, one lucky reader will win enough copies
of THE SHEEP QUEEN by Thomas Savage
for his or her entire group!
We've learned that no one can predict what each day will bring to our
lives. Take this opportunity to step out of your usual reading habits
and try something new. Use our Roundtable
suggestions to read a different type of book, listen to a different voice,
try a different genre.
We always want to hear from you, our readers. Write to me at Liz@ReadingGroupGuides.com
and be sure to let us know what you're reading! And have a good month,
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