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In this, the last issue of Book Club News for 2016 we round-up some of the most popular book club reading lists of the year; and our interviews with book clubs.

But first, please do join us to discuss The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson or, if you've not yet read it, find out more by reading an excerpt, review and beyond the book article.

Your Editor, Davina
BCThe BookBrowse Book Club


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The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Published Oct 2016, 320 pages  

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally bestselling author of Someone Else's Love Story and gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

"Jackson draws from both rural Alabama folklore and the god stories of ancient India, weaving these narratives flawlessly toward a crescendo that is straight out of an O'Connor tale - inevitable, surprising, and beautifully true in every sense of the word." - Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of At The Waters Edge and Water for Elephants

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listsBook Club List of Lists 2016
Best Books for Book Clubs in 2017

It's time to start planning your book club lineup for 2017. Wading through recommendations from friends and family is not for the faint of heart so we've culled a select dozen novels that we suggest should be at the top of your "to consider" pile. With the exception of one, all are already released in paperback or soon to be so (and all are also in hardcover and ebook.) We have included an additional three titles for the young adult set. Read
Books About Books

Is there any greater fun for a bookaholic than to share in the many delights of books, while burying your nose in yet another enjoyable book?
We don't think so! These ten books about books will make worthy additions to you reading - and to share with your book club. Read

Focus on The Family

Is there any greater fun for a bookaholic than to share in the many delights of books, while burying your nose in yet another enjoyable book?
We don't think so! These eight books about books will make worthy additions to you reading - and to share with your book club. Read

Love Poldark? Here's What to Read Next

Poldark on PBS
Historical fiction doesn't get any better than this. Written in the 1940s and '50s, the Poldark series continues to resonate in contemporary times with its tales of a returning war hero reinventing his life and rallying his country in the wake of devastation and loss. Ross Poldark makes a dashing hero and his world an inviting escape; and the windswept, sea-hugging Cornish countryside adds a splash of romance to the stories, which are peppered with dramatic clashes about morality, class and ego.

If your appetite is whetted for more stories that whisk you away to a different era, BookBrowse--in response to a request from PBS's MASTERPIECE--suggests these titles that fit the bill. Read
Gardening & Botany

If you're lucky enough to own a gardening patch, you know how therapeutic an exercise it can be to smell the lavender and work the soil to get the tomatoes going. These book club selections deliver much to enjoy with the turn of every leaf. We hope you dig them as much as we do!

A Spot of Britain

We hear you: We miss Downton Abbey too. We miss the tightly knit story, the characters, the costumes, the accents and most of all -- the setting. Fret not. At BookBrowse, we have compiled our own special list of books that take you back to Britain, to the land of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. After all armchair travel, especially with a great book, is as close to the real thing as it can get. Even better, it's much less expensive. These cherry-picked recommendations will pair perfectly with a spot of tea or even the house's best curry (curry usually tops surveys of Britain's favorite dishes) to give you or your book club that extra dash of British panache. Read


Immigrants & Refugees

Refugees and immigrants have long been the backbone of societies around the world, and their struggles have been rich fodder for books long before their plight (once again) occupied center stage in geopolitics. Whether it's the European refugee crisis or the United States deciding to deport many who came here as part of the 2014 South American unaccompanied minors influx, or the vitriol spewed by politicians rooted in fear, the complexities of the issue refuse to lend themselves to easy sound bites. These are discussions worth having, book club or not, especially given that they could not be more a timely reflection of the headlines around the world. Read


chatsBook Club Chats 2016
Booknerds
The Booknerds is a bookclub based in Dehradun, India. Begun by husband and wife team Rohan and Neja Raj, the Booknerds is dedicated to "quenching the thirst for literature". Read
 
Me Time Book Club is a group of women from Tuscaloosa, AL. Their mission is to "relax minds and enhance souls through words in the form of books." Read
 
ROWLS is a book club made up of retired teachers from Willis High School in Delaware, OH. They have up to 20 members - both men and women - and continue to grow the club as teachers retire.
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Writers As Readers is an offshoot of In Print, a professional writers' organization, based in Rockford, IL. They currently have eleven active members, all women, between the ages of 48 and 78, and they are all at different stages of their writing careers. Read
 
Book Talk II is a book group of the Northwest Valley branch of the American Association of University Women. It takes a unique approach by picking genres and categories each month within which each member can pick her own book to read. Read
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