Monday, October 17, 2011

National Reading Group Month!

I'm sorry it's halfway through the month before I posted about it but once again, October is upon us therefore it must be National Reading Group Month!

As in past years, the officers of my chapter of the Women's National Book Association have come up with lists of recommended books that would be appropriate for book clubs. We've always done themed lists and someone recently asked me why. It's not because we assume everyone's book club is themed or think that it should be - it's simply in order to have some semblance of organization. Not to mention that some books clubs might be like mine which is definitely not themed, but we do like to hit certain genres and categories throughout the year, so we might be looking for a YA book or a sci fi/fantasy, in which case themed lists would be a good resource.

So this week I will post this year's lists from the Charlotte chapter, starting with the president:

Sojourns in Europe
Traveling and living in another country offer the enticement and challenge of new experiences in a place different from one’s own. The lure is eternal! And if you can’t get there yourself, the (almost) next best thing is to read about other people’s journeys.

1. The Innocents Abroad or the New Pilgrim's Progress by Mark Twain $7.95
2. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough $37.50
3. Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach $15.00
4. Long Ago in France: The Years in Dijon by M.F.K. Fisher $13.95
5. My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme $7.99
6. Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull $15.00
7. Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas by John Baxter $13.95
8. On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis $14.95
9. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes $15.00
10. Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece by Patricia Storace $15.95
11. Greece: A Traveler’s Literary Companion edited by Artemis Leontis $14.95

List by: Susan Walker, chapter President

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