The Reading Group Handbook
Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club
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Perhaps you are one of the millions who has tuned in and turned on to the hugely popular Oprah's Book Club. And perhaps by watching it, you've discovered a new, or rekindled an old, passion for reading. Now, with the guidance of Rachel W. Jacobsohn's revised and updated edition of The Reading Group Handbook, you, too, can start your own book club! Book clubs and reading groups give fellow members the chance to break out of established reading patterns and learn adventurous approaches to creative material. With the help of The Reading Group Handbook, you'll get a definitive, step-by-step guide to starting your own book club, written by a professional reading group leader who has organized and led groups--face-to-face and even online--for over twenty years. In this newly revised and expanded edition, you'll get information on:
- Where to meet: homes, local bookstores, libraries, and online
- How to select members and decide a format for the meetings
- How to read material critically and constructively in preparation for the gathering
- The art of the discussion
- Over thirty-five suggested reading lists, including an expanded list of year-by-year Pulitzer Prize winners, Oprah's Book Club picks, and personal recommendations from the author and her groups' members
- Where to go to get more information on the books you choose and on book clubs throughout the country
Hachette Books, 9780786883240, 272pp.
Publication Date: April 29, 1998
About the Author
Rachel W. Jacobsohn has been a professional reading group leader for the last twenty years. She frequently leads an online discussion group that meets every second Wednesday on AOL. She is president of the Association of Book Group Readers and Leaders, and publisher of that organization's newsletter, Reverberations.