Monday, August 31, 2009

Booklists Available in Hard Copy

The list of recommended titles from the workshops will be available at Coyle and Grove beginning Wednesday, September 2.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Books Recommended by Workshop Attendees

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Still Life: A Novel by Joy Fielding
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
The Tea Rose: A Novel by Jennifer Donnelly
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
The Shack by William P. Young
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Widow's War: A Novel by Sally Gunning
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (American Album Kit 9 from Fulton County Library)
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (P.S.) by Barbara Kingsolver
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck
People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle) by Mary
Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg
Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (American Album Kit 3 from Grove Family Library)
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker
The Kite Runner Illustrated Edition by Khaled Hosseini
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
A Fine Balance (Oprah's Book Club) by Rohinton Mistry
Women of the Silk: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama
City of Light by Lauren Belfer
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David von Drehle
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
The Piano Tuner: A Novel by Daniel Mason
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Deluxe Edition by Tracy Chevalier
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
Running With Champions: A Midlife Journey on the Iditarod Trail by Lisa Frederic
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

The books above are all currently available for purchase new. Most have individual copies available at local libraries. The American Album kits contain 10 copies of the book, a discussion guide, and sometimes an audiobook. The following book was highly recommended, but is currently out of print: Atonement by Ian McEwan. Local libraries have limited numbers of copies and used copies may be available online. We have created a link to the pertinent webpage to make it easy to read descriptions and reviews. That may or may not be the cheapest or easiest way to get the copies that you need. It is not meant as an endorsement of

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A New Beginning for Book Discussion Groups in Franklin County, PA

Today 40 people attended 2 workshops in Chambersburg on leading book discussions. The turnout at Grove Family Library and Coyle Free Library for my "Read It! Think About It! Talk About It!" mini-workshops were amazing! Those presented requested a spot on the web where they could recommend books for discussion, share great questions and answers, and compare notes about the interaction of their groups. It is wonderful to see so many readers eager to share information and feelings about what they are reading. Stay tuned to this page for many great book suggestions that came from the people attending the workshops.