Discussible Choices: What Are You Reading?January 2012

Congratulations to Pesha and The Boca Country Club Book Club for winning the drawings for this month’s Discussible Book Choice!

We enjoy hearing from book club members who share with everyone the book choices that made for lively discussions.. Please let us know what about the book contributed to your great discussion – you may win a book-related prize for every member of your reading group!

“As we were discussing Mudbound, we came to look upon it as a predecessor to The Help.  It was set in the time period immediately following WWII, and focused on the shock with its consequences of black soldiers returning from WWII where they were treated as people and then coming back to the Mississippi Delta where they were treated less well than a dog. The focus on the obedient southern wife who accepted all sorts of hardship until she had to stand up for herself.  The characters who were noble amidst their misdeeds and acknowledging that who are we to judge anyone else.  Truly a page turner!”

Pesha, The Boca Country Club Book Club, Boca Raton, FL

More Discussible Book Choices

“We began 2012 with The Shack. A couple of the members had never heard of it before, and when one member suggested it, they were intrigued. Although some of us had already read it, we had not discussed it and didn't mind re-reading it to do so. The idea of God as an African-American woman rose somewhat feelings of contempt from our more traditional members. At the same time, one member was so moved by the warmth she got from Papa that she felt her faith strengthen at a time she was getting to a point very much like Mack's. The discussion has been so lively that we've had to set a "special" meeting to continue.”

Rome, The Hoopster Moms et al, Raynham, MA

“Our book club won Night Road by Kristin Hannah from you. We found this book had so much to discuss. The book touched each of in so many ways. The book could have come out of the headlines of today. A lot of us said that we cried by the tragedy of what happened with these three young people and how it affected them. A book is well worth the read. Kristin Hannah knows how to pull you into her story and have it touch you some way. Thank you for the pleasure of reading this book, and we all want to thank you for choosing us to read the book.”

Diane, The Camden Library Book Club, Kingsland, GA

“Our reading group started in November 2011. We kicked off our first meeting by reading Incendiary written by Chris Cleave. This book was electric! The morals and choices of the characters in the story challenged many of those held by group members. Our discussion lasted for nearly two hours and was a "back and forth" style.  We learned a lot about group members. This book set a precedent! None of our other books have stood up to the amount of banter and discussion this book created. This is a must read!”

Sarah, The Village Book Club, Wauseon, OH

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  We had a very lively discussion around issues of liberal guilt, inequality, race and the science of cancer and cell replication.  It was very lively!  One of our best in years.”

Chris, Sycamore Moms et al Reading group, Claremont, CA

We had a really great discussion was on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.”

Carlee, Book Club, Bethesda, MD

“Our latest read was The Paris Wife.  Lively, controversial discussion that engendered further reading and delving into the history of the participants in this book.”

Jeri, The YaYas, Jacksonville, FL

“Our discussion on January 6 was The Shallows. What the Internet is doing to our Brain?  The first person to share stated she just read very little and couldn't even give it a rank.  The others in the group of 13 couldn't wait to talk.  And they kept going for 2 1/2 hours.  It was a non-stop discussion.  Others ranked it from 7.5-10.  We generally read historic fiction, biographies, etc.  This one was a great book for discussion.”

Carole, The Heritage Wake Forest Book Club, Wake Forest, FL

“We loved The Book Thief.”

Laura, The Boston Free Library Book Club, Boston, NY

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert was a terrific read and even greater discussible book.  We discussed for over an hour and then kept coming back to it as we visited!”

Janet, JTLO Book Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL