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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Reading Group

by Patrick Sauer

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Reading Group by Patrick Sauer
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Reading Group is every book lover's guide to putting together a group and having successful discussions -- or knowing where to find an existing group.

You don't have to be a talk show host to have a group that keeps everybody reading! You're no idiot, of course. You know that people across the nation are getting together, swapping ideas, and sharing their love of literature. You also know how enjoyable it is when you and a friend have read the same book and spend hours discussing it. But when it comes to actually starting or joining a reading group, you feel like you can't tell a metaphor from a simile.

Don't go on reading in solitude! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Reading Group is every book lover's guide to putting together a group and having successful discussions -- or knowing where to find an existing group. In the Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

  • Step-by-step guidelines for choosing participants and possible club genres: History? Women's Literature? Mysteries? The Classics?
  • a wealth of book titles and capsule descriptions in a wide array of categories to help you choose what to read.
  • Enlightened ideas for ground rules, initiating discussions, giving everyone a chance to speak, and keeping disagreements under control!
  • Fun ideas for literary parties, day trips, outings -- even meeting and discussing online!

Contents
Part 1: Reading Groups: Singles Bars for the Next Century
Part 2: Behold, the Beauty of Discussion
Part 3: Have We Got the Group for You
Part 4: Tailoring Your Group Like a Fine Suit
Part 5: My Group Wants to Party All the Time
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... a potent tool for taking back the love of reading from the experts. In a clear, forthright, and often very funny way, it walks you step-by-step through the process of setting up a successful group.

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