Reading Group Center




Recipe by the Book: Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookies for Julia Glass’s And the Dark Sacred Night

Recipe by the Book: Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookies for Julia Glass’s And the Dark Sacred Night

This hearty oatmeal cookie recipe from the iconic Fannie Farmer Cookbook will perfectly complement your exploration of Julia Glass’s moving novel And the Dark Sacred Night!

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A Great Year Filled with Wonderful Books

A Great Year Filled with Wonderful Books

Start 2015 on a great reading streak with three delightful, bestselling novels that are now available in paperback and eBook.

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Behind the Scenes of Maggie Shipstead’s Astonish Me

Behind the Scenes of Maggie Shipstead’s Astonish Me

In an exclusive esasy for the Reading Group Center, Maggie Shipstead reveals the inspiration for three fascinating aspects of her novel Astonish Me.

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Celebrating Sandra Cisneros

Celebrating Sandra Cisneros

In honor of Sandra Cisneros’s 60th birthday tomorrow, we’re celebrating her amazing contribution to the world of letters. All of her novels, short stories, and poems are worthy of book club discussion, but we suggest you start with one of the three following selections.

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Take a Peek at the New Pride and Prejudice

Take a Peek at the New Pride and Prejudice

Explore the interactive eBook edition of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Austen scholar David Shapard to experience the novel’s enchanting world like never before.

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A Year’s Worth of Historical Fiction Reads for Your Book Club

A Year’s Worth of Historical Fiction Reads for Your Book Club

With 2015 fast approaching, you’re probably scouring the shelves for titles to read with your book club next year. Why not focus on a single genre and take a tour of historical fiction? We’ve got a list of twelve recommendations—one for each month of the year. Enjoy!

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Armchair Adventurer: Escape to the Cayman Islands with The Forever Girl

Armchair Adventurer: Escape to the Cayman Islands with The Forever Girl

In this edition of Armchair Adventurer, we plan the ideal vacation by taking you to the Cayman Islands, the setting for Alexander McCall Smith’s new novel, The Forever Girl.

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The Movie Adaptation We’ve All Been Waiting For

The Movie Adaptation We’ve All Been Waiting For

Wild, the Hollywood adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, is finally here! Watch the trailer and check out where the movie is playing in its opening week.

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5 Family Sagas to Read for Thanksgiving

5 Family Sagas to Read for Thanksgiving

What better way to get in the Thanksgiving spirit than by reading a family saga? We’ll get you started with five suggestions from Julia Glass, J. Courtney Sullivan, Maggie O’Farrell, Barbara Delinsky, and Jane Smiley.

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The Line Between Fact and Fiction in Jesse Ball’s Silence Once Begun

The Line Between Fact and Fiction in Jesse Ball’s Silence Once Begun

Jesse Ball’s Silence Once Begun brilliantly blurs the line between fact and fiction, particularly through the use of black and white photographs in the book. Browse the gallery of atmospheric images and consider this wonderfully unique narrative for your book club discussion.

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