Articles tagged "Gilead"

The BIG Book Club Resource Guide

Ready to rev up your library’s book club? Great! We’ve got a TON of resources to help:

Reading Group Gold is the destination for reading group news, sweepstakes and giveaways, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles from Macmillan. You can also sign up for their newsletter.

Our “One Book, One City” community reading recommendations are a good source for discussable fiction AND nonfiction titles. View the current catalog here (backlist: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014).

Our NEA Big Read Picks (2016) and Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs are solid choices:

Summer 2018
Winter 2017-2018
Summer 2017
Winter 2016-2017

We also recommend discussable titles during Booklist book club webinars and at other book buzzes. Don’t forget you can download these presentations to give in your own library!

BooklistSummer Book Club Bash” Webinar Titles
BooklistBest Bets for Book Clubs” Webinar Titles
BooklistBook Clubs Abuzz” Webinar Titles
Ocean County Library (NJ) Book Club Buzz Titles

Invite an author to your library! These authors are willing to Skype in to book club meetings if they can’t attend in person.

Download a sortable spreadsheet (with ISBNs!!) of adult titles with reading group guides.

Our personal favorites include these timely titles on immigration, social justice, race relations, and feminism by Carol Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson, Diane Guerrero, Anthony Ray Hinton, and more.
And Seanan McGuire‘s Alex-Award winning Wayward Children series is highly discussable!

Top Macmillan Book Club titles (according to Bookscan rankings):

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy)
A LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael Beah
All titles by Kristin Hannah, especially THE NIGHTINGALE, THE GREAT ALONE, and WINTER GARDEN
SALVAGE THE BONES & MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU AND YOU FALL DOWN by Anne Fadiman
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny (Armand Gamache series)
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
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PBS’s “The Great American Read”

Have you heard about “The Great American Read” yet? It’s an eight-part series airing on PBS, starting May 22, that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).

Here are the Macmillan titles included:

DUNE by Frank Herbert

GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson

The Wheel of Time (Series) by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Classics on the list available from Macmillan Collector’s Library:
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER by Mark Twain

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery

THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoevsky

DON QUIXOTE by Miguel de Cervantes

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift

HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë

LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott

MOBY-DICK by Herman Melville

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

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Your Next Book Club Pick Is…

Well, only you know what your library’s book club is reading next, but we will happily share these expert suggestions:

NEABigReadThe NEA Big Read recently expanded their selection to “offer a selection of books that is contemporary, diverse, and relevant to our times.” Their Macmillan picks are:

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (download the guide)
We’ve also got NEA Big Read author Kao Kalia Yang’s new memoir, THE SONG POET (download the guide)

The recently announced Summer 2016 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features these three Macmillan titles:

ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss (a Top 10 pick!)
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (download the guide)
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)

Plus our new Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden recommends SHELTER by Jung Yun (download the guide) & THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide) in her Summer Reading List!

Last year we predicted that the movie version of THE REVENANT was going to be huge, and we’re making the same call with SILENCE by Shusaku Endo. This classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Picador just released a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so we recommend getting ahead of the trend (and maybe even organizing a movie night out!).

Talia’s going to share her picks at tomorrow’s Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” webinar, so here’s what Anne recommends:

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Stars for LILA!

If you’re like us, you’ve been eagerly anticipating Marilynne Robinson’s third volume in her Gilead series, LILA, following the Pulitzer Prize–winning GILEAD and National Book Award finalist HOME.

This last book in the trilogy revisits beloved characters and tells the backstory of Lila, the young bride of elderly Reverend Ames, first met in GILEAD.

Reviews are coming in and they’re outstanding:

“A masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson’s work.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

“Robinson has created a tour de force, an unforgettably dramatic odyssey, a passionate and learned moral and spiritual inquiry, a paean to the earth, and a witty and transcendent love story—all within a refulgent and resounding novel so beautifully precise and cadenced it wholly transfixes and transforms us.”
Booklist, starred review

“…this is a lovely and touching story that grapples with the universal question of how God can allow his children to suffer. Recommended for fans of Robinson as well as those who enjoyed Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, another exploration of pain and loneliness set against the backdrop of a small town.”
Library Journal, starred review

Future review coverage will come in the New York Times Magazine, Elle Magazine, Vogue, W Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Good Housekeeping, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” with much more to come, and Robinson will be interviewed by Bill Moyers for PBS.

Read a sneak peek excerpt on FSG’s Work in Progress. Or listen to an excerpt of the audiobook!

Then get the full e-galley on Edelweiss! Don’t see the green button? Then get whitelisted!

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