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What Books to Choose

Stanley Ely | Posted 10.05.2016 | Books
Stanley Ely

As long as I was a high school foreign language teacher, I taught from the textbooks assigned to my classes.

Other Side Of The Story

Stanley Ely | Posted 08.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Stanley Ely

What is interesting aside from the uniformly smart discussions arising from these groups put together just by chance -- a man hears or reads of the groups and simply shows up -- is how opinions vary.

Gay Men's Book Groups

Stanley Ely | Posted 05.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Stanley Ely

The idea for a gay men's book group has been a victim of its own success: there are now so many men who want to come that a cap is sometimes put on the number invited.

Why I Quit My Book Group

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.05.2017 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Okay, the snacks were great, and so was the wine. But the books were awful. I wanted to have fun, but everyone kept voting for books that were depressing. They called them "classics."

10 New Fall Books That Should Be On Your Nightstand

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.23.2016 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I can't wait to get my hands on all of these books! From the soul-soothing words of Brene Brown to the historical observations of Margo Jefferson, there's something this fall for everyone.

How to Write a 'Big Book'

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.06.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

500-600 pages is big book big. It tells a reader they're buying something that the publisher has invested lots of time and money in. Think The Historian, Mystic River, The Secret History, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Books that size inspire confidence in many readers.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cormac McCarthy Walk Into a Bar

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.05.2016 | Books
T. Elijah Hawkes

Well, not a bar -- a book group. (Though this book group has convened in bars.) My book group is unsure of what to read next. Perhaps we'll read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. There is debate about this, but since I'll be hosting, the final decision falls to me.

The 7 Most Annoying People in Every Book Group Ever

PureWow | Posted 05.01.2016 | Books

When you joined your book club, you thought it would be such a great way to meet new friends, expand your literary horizons and up your dinner party banter. Little did you know you'd now be at the mercy some very annoying "characters."

A Matter of Opinion

Stanley Ely | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stanley Ely

Why would I have thought that gay men think alike? What gay men have in common is that they're men and are gay. Our tastes run the gamut in movies, food, and clothes, and it turns out in books also.

La Famiglia

Stanley Ely | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stanley Ely

What I've found curious about families is that the need does not vanish when an actual family does.

Reading to Feed the Soul

Cindy Tansin | Posted 07.30.2014 | Books
Cindy Tansin

Wouldn't you rather be climbing Mt. Everest or fighting off a rogue wave or falling in love with a time traveler? And what better to beat rush hour traffic than a great audio book?

Meet The Author Who's Giving A Whole New Twist To Book Clubs

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 03.06.2014 | Fifty

My husband calls it "the wine club" but my book club really does force me to read books I might otherwise have overlooked. Yes, book clubs offer a cha...

The Latest Publishing Wisdom: Authors Need to Shop Themselves 'Til They Drop

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.13.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've been publishing books since 1990 in many genres with different publishers and have seen wave after wave of answers to the question "What will sell this book?"

Book Group B.S.

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

It got worse: The day after I was mugged, he emailed me negative comments he claimed the group made about the book after I left. Apparently the people who really disliked the book were too intimidated by my presence to say so -- at least that's what he reported.

Five Reasons To Join A Book Club

Delia Lloyd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Delia Lloyd

As a reformed book club snob, let me offer five reasons that I think it's a good idea to join a book club.

Authors Gortner, Kamen Goldmark and Egan Gibson Bring WNBA Reading Group Month Celebration to Life

C.W. Gortner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
C.W. Gortner

What do a Spanish renaissance princess, a book-phobic overweight girl and a vegetarian child desperate for artificial sweeteners have in common? You'd think, not much!

Get Famous Fast

Denise Brodey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Denise Brodey

You can mourn the death of publishing or you can start bushwhacking a new book trail. These women certainly have.

12 Months of Great Reads

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Here are my twelve: Each book celebrates the birth month of an author, a holiday or some other event connected to that month.

Women's National Book Association to Launch Reading Group Month

Joan Gelfand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joan Gelfand

About a year ago, I caught book group fever. An avid reader, I had never been part of a book group. I listened wistfully to friends' recounting of lively conversations, envying the breadth of titles discussed by readers.

No Time to Read? Go Short

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

There is a solution to the time crunch: the beauty and brevity of a short story. For those with circumscribed time, short stories deliver, and deliver big time.

The Bible In 90 Days: Can A Book Club Do It?

Detroit Free Press | Niraj Warikoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Every Wednesday evening at Kirk in the Hills church in Bloomfield Hills, worshipers gather to discuss the world's most popular book: the Bible. And th...

The Secret Lives of Women and their Book Groups

Joanne Rendell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanne Rendell

A book group offers so much more than just reading -- especially to women. They offer an escape from families, demanding kids, the laundry, and the drone of a ball game.