With plentiful advice on how to start a successful reading group, this beginner's guide provides advice on how to find members, choose interesting books, and scheduling meetings. Original.
But this one is good about offering specific ideas. For example, after you've formed your group from a number of possible sources (recommendations include friends, family, coworkers, classmates, neighbors, people responding to an Internet post or a flyer in a bookstore), if you're stuck trying to secure a meeting place, author Patrick Sauer suggests, rotate the meetings between members' homes; secure a room in a local school, community center, or library; or use a coffee shop or bookstore. Suggested reading lists are also included for various types of groups. All women? Go for Toni Morrison's Beloved, Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, or Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. And men's reading groups (an uncommon gathering, the author notes) may want to consider Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It, or George Will's Men at Work. --John Russell