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Thursday, October 20, 2011

National Reading Group Month! Part IV

This is the 4th and final list of book club recommendations by the officers of the Charlotte chapter of the Women's National Book Association for National Reading Group Month for this year. If you want to see last year's lists, click here, here, here, and here.

As this list suggests, themes don't have to be centered around a genre, age level, or format. Those are the themes that spring most readily to mind, but if you like the idea of a theme, but don't like being tied down to the above parameters, it's easy enough to pick a theme with a lot of flexibility. I've heard of book clubs reading all food books or animal books, or picking a decade (the 1930s) and as you can see our secretary has a bit of a fetish with water. If in a bookstore I hand her a book with water on the jacket, she will buy it, every time.

A theme doesn't have to be restrictive, and if your book cub sees it as so, you probably should reconsider doing a theme. But for some people it can be freeing to have the list of potential reads whittled down so substantially from the millions of options without any boundaries.

Reading Underwater
Are you missing your summer by the ocean or lake? We have some watery suggestions to remind you of wet and wonderful times. No mermaids.

Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye $14.95
The Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker $23.95
Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel $14.95
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger $15.00
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey $14.99
The Secret River by Kate Grenville $14.00
Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer $14.00
River House: A Memoir by Sarahlee Lawrence $16.95
The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning $15.00
The Last River Child by Lori Ann Bloomfield $17.95
The Marriage of the Sea by Jane Alison $15.00
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson $7.99
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch $8.99
Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney $14.99

List by: Kristen Knox, chapter Secretary

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