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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:
- Where to meet: homes, local bookstores, libraries, and online
- How to select members and decide a format for the meetings
- How to read material critically and constructively in preparation for the gathering
- The art of the discussion
- Over thirty-five suggested reading lists, including an expanded list of year-by-year Pulitzer Prize winners, Oprah's Book Club picks, and personal recommendations from the author and her groups' members
- Where to go to get more information on the books you choose and on book clubs throughout the country
As reading groups have become the latest trend in socializing, anyone who wants to combine a love of literature with the opportunity to meet others will not want to be without The Reading Group Handbook
With The Reading Group Handbook
, readers will enjoy the benefits of a good book and a good book club.
Reading groups are a booming national phenomenon -- thanks in part to The Oprah Winfrey Show's monthly segment, "Oprah's Book Club", where featured books consistently shoot onto bestseller lists, proving viewers aren't just watching the show -- they're actively participating in the reading group!
First published in 1994, The Reading Group Handbook is widely recognized as the definitive, guide to starting a book club. Now, with new material geared specifically toward fans of Oprah's Book Club, this book is the one source fans will need to take their love of books to the next logical step and start their own reading groups. From choosing members, to finding a site, to leading discussions, this updated edition features new reading lists, including not only classics but some of the most interesting books published in the last three years, including Oprah's picks. As Publishers Weekly points out, "Reading groups are the hottest new social gatherings". The Reading Group Handbook is perfect for all book lovers seeking to share their passion.
About the Author
Rachel W. Jacobsohn has been a professional reading group leader for the last twenty years. She frequently leads an online discussion group that meets every second Wednesday on AOL. She is president of the Association of Book Group Readers and Leaders, and publisher of that organization's newsletter, Reverberations.