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The Book Group Book

A Thoughtful Guide to Forming and Enjoying a Stimulating Book Discussion Group

By Ellen Slezak

The Book Group Book
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  • Paperback: Sep 2000,
    395 pages.

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Seventeen new essays and 37 new book lists have been added to this classic primer on book groups. Here is everything any book lover needs to know about forming and enjoying a successful book discussion group. Forty-six essays describe how individual groups are organized and portray their strengths, weaknesses, and unique characters. Special-interest groups, groups with professional leaders or sponsors, new groups, and groups that have been meeting for decades are all represented. Readers discover what makes a good group tick, from how to organize meetings, select members and books, and stimulate discussion to turning a flagging group around. More than three dozen reading lists supplied by the groups themselves help to provide insight and inspiration for all who currently belong to a book group or are tempted to start a group of their own.<

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A useful, no-nonsense anthology of personal experiences from actual book-group participants.

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Between the lines can be found all sorts of practical advice . . . both common-sensical and . . . surprising.

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The essays dispense insights about the emotional and pragmatic workings of groups of all sizes and orientations.

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This original, readable text should prove useful to book lovers.

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