New Brunswick Book Clubs

Booklovers began in 1999. I've always wanted to belong to a book club and so decided to start my own. I asked people who I knew were interested in reading (including friends) to join and we've had about 8-10 members ever since, including 3 others who have been in the group since the beginning.

Our structure is simple. Each member has the opportunity to choose a book and when it is their book, they host. Hosting means that they are responsible for facilitating the discussion and making sure that everyone stays on-topic. Food and refreshments are served (and this is one of the most enjoyable aspects of our get-togethers, which happen about every 6 weeks. We break for July and August.)

I couldn't possibly give you a snippet about each book, but I have indicated which books generated the best/most lively discussion by ** and the books which were universally disliked or had poor discussions by ##. Sometimes the results were surprising...

So far we have read: (in no particular order)

The Cure for Death By Lightening- Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Getting Over Edgar- Joan Barfoot
Fury- Salman Rushdie ##
Elizabeth Berg- Never Change ##
Eva Moves the Furniture- Margaret Livesay **
Midwives- Chris Bohjalian
A Star Called Henry- Roddy Doyle ##
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors- Roddy Doyle
The Rules of Engagement- Catherine Bush
The Question- Austin Clarke ##
The Lovely Bones- Anna Sebold **
The Corrections- Jonathan Frazen **
White Oleander- Janet Fitch
Elizabeth and After- Matt Cohen
The Saving Graces- Patricia Gaffney
Angel Walk- Katherine Grovier **
Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden **
Disobedience- Jane Hamilton **
Confessions of a Shopholic- Sophie Kinsella
Angela's Ashes ** and 'Tis ##- Frank McCourt
Gap Creek- Robert Morgan
The Bluest Eye- Toni Morrison
Kit's Law- Donna Morrisey
We Were the Mulvaneys- Joyce Carol Oates
The Seat of the Soul- Gary Zukov **
Black and Blue- Anna Quindlen
Billy Dead- Lisa Reardon ##
Unless and Larry's Party ##- Carol Sheilds
Back When We Were Grown-ups- Anne Tyler
Clara Callan- Richard B. Wright **
The Life of Pi- Yann Martel **

Our group, all women from very different backgrounds, some friends, some not, is cherished by each of us. Book club is something we all look forward to, whether we've enjoyed the book or not.

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