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User Topic: For those in book clubs, what are some excellent discussion bks?
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Default  Posted: 11:47 PM, September 20th (Monday)

A couple of people on here mentioned they were in a book club. Does anyone have any titles that their book club loved, with wide appeal, that made for a great discussion book that they'd care to share? I'll try to start this off by sharing a few of mine:
The Help
Water for Elephants
Same Kind of Different as Me
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Red Tent
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Girl Who Played With Fire (sequel)
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Secret Life of Bees
My Sister's Keeper
These towards the bottom have been made into a movie, but they don't even come close in terms of being as good as the book.

[This message edited by alluringillusion at 11:48 PM, September 20th (Monday)]

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Default  Posted: 12:06 AM, September 21st (Tuesday)

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" told from the perspective of the owner's pet dog, Enzo. Great read!

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Default  Posted: 12:23 AM, September 21st (Tuesday)

If you build enough time in for it - I chose "Cutting for Stone." It was awesome and my friends loved it too - but it is very long.

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Default  Posted: 7:54 AM, September 21st (Tuesday)

Some that we've read that made for great discussions were:

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Still Alice

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

A Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight


Life of Pi

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Default  Posted: 5:07 PM, September 21st (Tuesday)

Thank you all for your recommendations. I shy away from recommending books anymore unless I've read them or someone else did and highly recommended it because I feel guilty if it is a dud and everyone in my book club went out and bought it. Now I can recommend with confidence! The only one I've already heard of is A Thousand White Women and I agree it is an awesome book club book. The kind of book I never would have picked up on my own, but loved. Thanks again for your help!

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Default  Posted: 10:51 PM, September 21st (Tuesday)

It's not exactly what you're asking but your question reminded me - a lot of publishers now have discussion guides on their websites for some of their books. It could be worth taking a look to see what's out there.

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Default  Posted: 8:28 AM, September 22nd (Wednesday)

i'm not in a book club but i've always thought any of Toni Morrison's works would make great discussion pieces. come to think of it, so would most of Isabel Allende's books.

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