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Index of Clubs

Oprah's Bookclub
Loretta's Lounge BookClub
Amazon Book Club
Bay Area Women and Books.
Bryant Woods Book Club
Boulder, CO
Cooperstown, NY
NYC Bookclub
WTS of Houston Book Club
Mt. Kisco Book Club
Mansfield, Ohio B & N Book Club
Moraga Literary Society--California
Arrow Book Club
Books In General-BIG
Enlightening Nia
First Monday Book Club
Open Book Reader's Club
Fannie Robinson Black Author's Discussion Group, Washington, DC
EA-OWC Book Group
Murder Inc. Book Club
Read 'N Feed
San Francisco Bookclub
Second Wednesday Book Club Houston, Texas

The Book Group

Tips for Running a Club

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

September 22, 2001

Author of SISTER INDIA, Peggy Payne, would like to speak with your bookclub about her book. She is available for teleconferencing into your bookclub meeting and in advance she is willing to help put together a readers guide to the book.

The novel SISTER INDIA unfolds within a particular square mile of Benares, or Varanasi, a holy city and pilgrimage site on the Ganges. It begins on the rooftop patio of a small guesthouse that sits at the edge of the maze of shadowy lanes and looks out over the holy river.

Vedic astrology, violence between Hindu and Muslim, healing massage on th riverbanks, an American born innkeeper who weighs 400 lbs. and a hidden romantic passion form a tale that "is not comfortable," says Atlantic Monthly senior editor C. Michael Curtis, "but neither is it easily resisted."

SISTER INDIA is a traveler's tale and a story in which the mysterious processes of transformation are made visible.

Send an e-mail to Peggy Payne to arrange a mutually exclusive time.

Note from Mary Feeney (1/29/00)

Our book club in suburban Minneapolis has been in existence for about three years. Last year's highlight was reading "Pope Joan" by Donna Woolfolk Cross
and enjoying a speaker phone chat with the author. We all agreed that it was a fascinating experience. I especially recommend this to groups like ours whose members range quite a bit in age and literary knowledge. Sometimes our discussions tend to wander, which we enjoy, but speaking with the author definitely kept us focused! Donna was very witty and entertaining as well as informative. I note that some other groups on the site have read the book. Wonder if they also took advantage of this unique experience?

(see Donna Cross' message below)

Oprah Chose her May 1999 Selection: White Oleander : A Novel by Janet Fitch

The WTS of Houston Book Club recently read Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry . Found out more about what they have to say about it HERE.

e-Mail to The BookMarc from author, Debbie Lee Wesselmann:

I would like you to consider discussing my two books: the novel Trutor & the Balloonist and the collection The Earth and the Sky, both published to excellent reviews. Trutor was named by as one of the top ten small press books of 1997 and the Chattanooga Free Press heralded it as "one of the most auspicious debuts I have had the pleasure of reading." The Earth and the Sky has been discussed by book clubs, most recently in Richmond, VA, where I was an invited guest. The New York Times Book Review called it an "elegant debut collection," and the book was featured in Library Journal's "Word of Mouth" page. I would be happy to participate in an online discussion with your group should you decide to select one of my books. For more information, my web site is

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A Word from Donna Cross, Author of Pope Joan

Donna Cross, author of Pope Joan, sent The BookMarc e-mail describing a way book clubs could interact with her at their meetings for free. She writes...

"I wonder if your groups know of my special offer to chat by phone with book reading groups? I'm doing 3-4 such chats a week now, all over the country, and they're really a lot of fun. We use speaker phones, so it's almost exactly like being in the room with everyone. I make the phone call from my end (protects my privacy, and it's tax-deductible for me!).

It's an opportunity for book groups to add something new to their discussion--the "horse's mouth", so to speak. I can tell all about the research and writing of Pope Joan, about how the book changed over various drafts (gives a nice perspective on process!), about the upcoming movie version from new Line cinema (I'm writing the screenplay), or anything else they'd like to know about.

There's lots of testimonial (and requests) from book reading groups on the guestbook of my website, Interested reading groups can leave a message there, or fax me directly at 315-469-1680 and I'll contact them to set up a mutually convenient time for a chat."

Let me know if any of you take Donna Cross up on her offer.

Food Ideas for your Bookclub Meetings:

I had the fun idea when I saw a booklet put out by a hospital in Connecticut that listed about 100 recipes donated by the employees. The booklet was being soldas a fund raiser for the hospital. Being a big fan of food, I thought it might be cool to start a collection of recipes that visitors to this site might use at their book club meetings. Here is the beginning of this endeavor. I will gladly post contributions people to the recipe collection so that we can share our culinary expertise.
Cold Mountain on the bookclub page The New York Times bestseller, Cold Mountain, which so many book clubs have read is now in paperback at 30% off

The WTS Book Club of Houston now has their own page at the They have kindly passed on several tips on running a successful book club.

The Political Scandal Book page is now open. Find out what people have been writing about Clinton for years.

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The West End Girls (San Diego, CA)

We are a women's group, and all of us have NAVY affiliations, either our own careers or our spouses. Its been terrific!

NYC Book club

A Lesson Before Dying (Vintage Contemporaries) by Ernest J. Gaines. This is the story of a reluctant teacher taking on the difficult tasks of turning a kid on death row into a man before he is executed.

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. NYT Times Bestseller - Now its in paperback so it is even cheaper.

Snow Falling on Cedar A story about subtle and not so subtle racism in the Pacific NW. Pen/Faulkner Award 1995 & Pacific Northwest Booksellers Assoc. Award!

Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan. A woman learns about herself as she learns about Aborigine culture on her walkabout in Australia.

Civil Action by Jonathon Harr. National Book Critics Circle Award!

Books Recently Made into Motion Pictures or visa versa

Beloved by Toni Morrison. The movie is coming out this month starring Oprah Winfrey.

James Cameron`S Titanic by Marsh, Ed (Photographer:Kirkland, Douglas,Foreword By:Cameron,James)

The Horse Whisperer b y Nicholas Evans. Soon to be a movie with Robert Redford.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan. You can also get the movie sound track.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil : A Savannah Story by John Berendt NYT Bestseller

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy.

Jackie Brown (originally published as "Rum Punch") by Elmore Leonard

Contact by Carl Sagen

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Primary Colors by Anonymous

James Cameron's Titanic by Marsh, Ed (Photographer:Kirkland, Douglas, Fore word By:Cameron, James) Hardcover, Soft cover

The Full Monty by Wendy Holden

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Enlightening Nia

Singing in the Comback Choir by Bebe Moore Campbell

A story about black professionals who choose to leave the suburbs to save their old neighborhood. You can also buy the audio tape.

The Open Book Reader's Club

Comments: We have been meeting every Thursday for almost six years, and during that time we have completed more than 100 books. We have eight or nine regular members in our club who show up every Thursday, and a few members who show up occassionally. Believe it or not, we have more men than women.

One book I would recommend to everyone is "The Bone People". A slow starter, but stay with it. It is defintely worth the read. One of the best books I have read recently. Though not everyone in our club agreed with me, I still highly recommend this book.

We are currently reading "Stones From The River". I'll let you know what we think when we finish.

Mt. Kisco Book Club

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester "When the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary put out a call during the late 19th century pleading for 'men of letters' to provide help with their mammoth undertaking, hundreds of responses came forth. Some helpers, like Dr. W.C. Minor, provided literally thousands of entries to the editors. But Minor, an American expatriate in England and a Civil War veteran, was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum..."

Consilience : The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson: This Harvard biologist has tried to bring the goals of science, social science, and the humanities together. Unfortunately, only one book club member read the entire book. However, enough had been read to stimulate lively discussions on topics including affirmative action.

The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger Now this book is also available in paper back.

On Thin Ice by Jon Krakauer at the BookMarc Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, PAPERBACK! The story about the disastrous climb of Mt. Everest. Read it before you go and see the new IMAX movied that was filmed during the same time.

The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. This is a fascinating and tragic account about a young intelligent man trying to find himself.

Angela's Ashes : A Memoirby Frank McCourt. National Book Critics Circle Award!

Civil Action by Jonathon Harr. National Book Critics Circle Award!

San Francisco Bookclub

The Buccaneers

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Moraga Literary Society--California

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

No Ordinary time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Amazon Book Club

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Bay Area Women and Books.

Operation Fantasy Plan by Peter Gilboy (, a former spy-handler. "We invited him to speak to our group, because our group is all women, and his book is a fact-fiction novel about how the CIA uses/exploits women to gain access to information apparently for national security reasons. It's a great book. Looks like a man's thriller, but is quite sensitive, and shows from the inside how espionage works, and women are used. The author's concern for covert activities which exploit women or any individual was quite clear. The story an odd love story where the protagonist is seduced by his own operation, called The Fantasy Plan, where the CIA uses a brothel to trap foreigners by offering them any fantasy they can imagine."
- Elaine Goodall

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Loretta's Lounge Book Buzz

Loretta's Lounge Book Buzz members are currently discussing "Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood" by Rebecca Wells.

The book for March will be "Winter Solstice" by Rosamunde Pilcher.

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First Monday Book Club
Austin, Texas

October 1998 ONE TRUE THING by Anna Quindlen
December 1999 MY OWN COUNTRY by Abraham Verghese
Feburary 1999 FAITH AND FICTION edited by Browning
March 1999 (a novel by Ethan Canin - selection to be made later)
April 1999 ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
May 1999 SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington
June 1999 THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Eco

Read 'N' Feed Book Club
Richmond, VA

Corelli's Mandolin by Louis DeBerniers

Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells

Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells The Divine Secrets of The YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells - Now a bestseller on the NYT Paperback best seller list.

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Civil Action

Animal Dreams

Pigs in Heaven

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Follow the River

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Books In General-BIG

Angela's Ashes : A Memoir by Frank McCourt. National Book Critics Circle Award!

Tip - Each member bring 2 or 3 thought provoking questions or observations to share with the group. At each meeting the person who suggested that book leads the discussion.

Arrow Book Club
Children's Books (4th-6th grade)

The view from Saturday. The View from Saturday (Newbery Medal Winner, 1997 ) by E. L. Konigsburg

A Journey to the New World : The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple (Dear America ; 3) by Kathryn Lasky. A pilgrim girl keeps a diary of her thoughts about her journey across the Atlantic Ocean, new friends, settling in Plymouth, and more.

The Fannie Robinson Black Author's Discussion Group, Washington, DC

Only Twice I've Wished For Heaven

EA-OWC Book Group

The Concubine's Children by Denise Chong

Murder Inc. Book Club

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy. Now a motion picture!

Cooperstown, NY

Audrey Hepburn's Neck : A Novel by Alan Brown

Boulder, CO

Beach Music by Pat Conroy

Bryant Woods Book Club

The Color of Water : A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

Sistas' Awakening Our Souls

Mansfield, Ohio Barnes & Noble Book Club

Pope Joan : A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Second Wednesday Book Club Houston, Texas

Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan.

The Book Group

A Newbery Christmas: Fourteen Stories of Christmas by Martin H. Greenberg

The Horse Whisperer b y Nicholas Evans

Anonymous Suggestions

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Becoming the Noble Woman : God's Master Plan for the Ideal Wife and Motherby Anita Young

Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar. A historical novel

Fausto Melotti : Teatrini 1931-1985 by Fausto et al.

Can You Believe Your Eyes : Over 250 Illusions and Other Visual Oddities by J. Richard Block, Harold E. Yuker

The Bend Book Club

Pope Joan : A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross.

"There are few heroines as fascinating and controversial as Pope Joan, a woman whose hunger for knowledge and independent nature led her to pass as a man and ultimately to attain the high seat in Rome. Pope Joan is a spellbinding tale of a woman who gave up everything, even her very name, for the sake of knowledge."

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