Book Clubs In America: Why Do We Love Them So Much?

08/01/2011 04:03 pm ET | Updated Oct 01, 2011
  • Nathan Heller Slate Magazine

A casual observer of the book-club scene could be fooled into thinking that this summer was a hard one for the nation's leisure readers. Late in spring, Oprah's club shuttered, stranding publishers in what promises to be a long shoal of short print runs and offering the rest of us one literary arbiter fewer to love or hate.

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