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Stress-Free, Flexible Book Club

I’d always rather fancied being a member of a book club. Surely discussions started with “My book club is reading…” would add an air of sophistication to my less-than-sophisticated demeanor.  But as responsibilities and commitments mounted, reality set in – joining a book club would be stressful! What if I didn’t have the time to […]

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Book Club

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow recommends reading as an inexpensive pastime during the short, dull days of winter.  As inspiration, Paltrow asked several of her “best and most literary-minded girlfriends to share their top picks” which she’s posted on her web site Goop.com. Paltrow says, ” I always like knowing the literary preferences of people. I think […]

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Lost the TV Series – ABC Promotes the Show and Reading

Fans of the TV series Lost are eagerly anticipating tonight’s 2-hour season premiere. I, on the other hand, am disgracefully behind (although frantically trying to catch up) so am avoiding anything to do with the premiere including closing my eyes, plugging my ears and chanting “La-la-la-la-la-la” any time advertisements come on.  With the popularity of […]

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Britain’s Richard & Judy Add Canadian Novels to Book Club List

Two of ten novels chosen by  Richard and Judy for their 2009 reading list are written by Canadian authors.Richard and Judy, the popular talk-show duo and one of the greatest  influences on Briton’s reading habits, have selected Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle and Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo as part of their book club reads […]

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Barack Obama’s reading a Lincoln biography

The latest pick in the Barack Obama book club is Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan. The President-elect was photographed leaving the Chicago home of friend Penny Pritzker after having dinner last Saturday. Barack’s getting in his Lincoln reading early – next February is the 200th anniversary of his birth and there […]

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Book Club currently reading Things Fall Apart

The AbeBooks Avid Reader Book Club is currently reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe during September. It’s a short read, but certainly packs a punch. The novel depicts the start of British colonialism in Nigeria and the impact it has on one Ibo community. It’s is considered the birth of African literature and is […]

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Richard and Judy – bookselling gurus

If you’re not from the UK, here’s an article about Richard & Judy – who account for 26% of the top 100 sales in the UK. Although they are day-time talkshow hosts, Richard & Judy are quite different to Oprah. For a start, no-one is accusing them of setting up a cult. The real story […]

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Last week’s top 5 bestsellers on AbeBooks.com

For the week of November 11-18 The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friends, and Family by Walt Harrington Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper Straw Into Gold by Gary Schmidt Dropping Your Guard: The Value of Open Relationships by Charles Swindoll Despite opinion […]

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AbeBooks Bookclub: November vote

The voting to select AbeBooks Bookclub pick for November is underway now. This month’s choice’s are: Peony in Love by Lisa See Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo The Chosen by Chaim Potok The vote will be open unitl Friday Nov. 16th: vote here If you arn’t a member of the AbeBooks Bookclub but want […]

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