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National Reading Group Month

In case you are not already aware, October is National Reading Group Month. This program of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) was launched in 2007 “to promote reading groups and to celebrate the joy of shared reading.”

Once again, Book Group Buzz is delighted to be chosen by WNBA as a National Reading Group Month partner and its official blog. You can find information about events, resources, and the 21 selected “Great Group Reads” titles at www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org . Booklist Online will keep the 21 titles on its “Great Reads” page during October for easy reference.

“Great Group Reads” are useful all year round for selecting books for reading groups. According to Selection Coordinator Rosalind Reiner, titles are chosen because they are “lively, thought-provoking, and diverse, strong narratives peopled by fully realized characters, that will help passionate readers find those great gems of mid-list fiction and nonfiction that may be overlooked in the clamor over the bestsellers.”

Here are the selected 2013 titles with links to their Booklist reviews:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

How It All Began by Penelope Lively

Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Margot by Jillian Cantor

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice L. McFadden

The One-Way Bridge by Cathie Pelletier

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Schroder by Amity Gaige

Sparta by Roxana Robinson

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

And one other selection with a link to further information:

David by Ray Robertson

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About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Reference and Collection Management here at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests (2013) and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009).

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