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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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Postcards from Three Pines

“In the lead-up to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND coming out November 27th, I’ve looked back on the previous books with some amazement. For thirteen years we’ve been visiting the little Quebec village together. I went back over my notes, and it got me thinking that you might like to know how it all happened. So, we’re starting a new feature. Postcards from Three Pines. Every week one will be sent out digitally, describing my thinking and feelings as I wrote each book.” — Louise Penny

In a countdown to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, Minotaur Books will reveal a postcard from Louise Penny each week on GamacheSeries.com, offering a glimpse into the creation of each book in the Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series!

Now Open: Postcard from STILL LIFE
September 4: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
September 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
September 18: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
September 25: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
October 2: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
October 9: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
October 16: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
October 23: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
October 30: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
November 6: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
November 13: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING
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Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines

GamacheSeries“In the bedroom Clara picked up the well-worn book beside Jane’s bed, C.S. Lewis’s, Surprised by Joy. It smelled of Floris.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series know that art and culture play a big a role in her satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books invites you to explore creative works of cultural significance from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 29th release of the new book, GLASS HOUSES.

Beginning this week and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will reveal a new cultural reference drawn from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the works.

Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines discussion schedule:

Now Open: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis from STILL LIFE
March 28: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
April 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
April 25: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 9: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 23: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 6: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 20: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 4: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 18: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 1: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
August 15: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING

You can also read about recipes inspired by Three Pines, the real places of Three Pines, and more here. Happy discussing, and vive Gamache!
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The Nature of the Feast

NatureoftheFeast“They ate by candlelight, the candles of all shapes and sizes flickering around the kitchen. Their plates were piled high with turkey and chestnut stuffing, candied yams and potatoes, peas and gravy.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series have come to relish the descriptions of food as much as her engrossing characters and satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books is pleased to invite you to THE NATURE OF THE FEAST, a celebration of recipes from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 30th release of the new book, A GREAT RECKONING.

Beginning today and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will share a new recipe inspired from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the recipes.

THE NATURE OF THE FEAST recipe/discussion schedule:

Now Cooking: Roast Turkey and Chestnut Stuffing from STILL LIFE
April 5: Steak Frites with Mayonnaise from A FATAL GRACE
April 19: Sugar Pie from THE CRUELEST MONTH
May 3: Homemade Lemonade from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 17: Pain Doré from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 31: French Onion Soup from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 14: Grilled Garlic Shrimp from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 28: Cheese and Leek Dish with a Crunchy Crumble Top from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 12: Trifle from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 26: Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 9: Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

Bon Appetit!

The Real Places of Three Pines

 

GamacheSeries-stackedIf you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series like we are, then you know that the village of Three Pines is fictional and can’t be found on a map. BUT it’s inspired by real places and Louise finally reveals where they are in a countdown leading up to the publication of her newest Gamache book, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (on sale August 25).

Every two weeks GamacheSeries.com will reveal a real place that is the inspiration behind a fictional place in each of Louise’s books. Each post will include photos, an essay, and an area open for discussion.

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What Are Your Patrons e-Reading?

Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and contemporary fiction!*

Here are their top ten picks:

KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
THE PERFECT WITNESS by Iris Johanson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES by Andy Cohen

The rest of the best:
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
KILLING JESUS by Bill O’Reilly
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Add all of these titles to your e-shelves today!
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What Are Your Patrons e-Reading?

Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and magical fiction!*

Here are their top ten picks:

KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
THE PERFECT WITNESS by Iris Johanson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande

What are YOU reading? Based on our latest Edelweiss e-galley download stats, librarians are reading debut fiction, mysteries, and sci-fi:

1) THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein (A PW Most Anticipated Book of Spring 2015!)  On Sale: June 2, 2015
2) THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler  On Sale: June 23, 2015
3) THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah  Available Now
4) THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens  On Sale: July 7, 2015
5) A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (A February 2015 LibraryReads pick!)  On Sale: February 24, 2015
6) A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab (A February 2015 LibraryReads pick!)  On Sale: February 24, 2015

Add all of these titles to your e-shelves today! And remember to nominate the books you love for LibraryReads!
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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 8/27/14)

Curious about which eBooks your patrons are reading? Wonder no more! Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for June 2014:

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB by James Bowen
SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
THE EYE OF THE WORLD by Robert Jordan

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 7/16/14)

Hey you! Whatcha reading? More importantly, what are your patrons reading? Read on to find out:

Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for May 2014:

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
THE EYE OF THE WORLD by Robert Jordan
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 5/20/14)

Lovely librarians, just as the Care Bears do, we believe that sharing (circulation stats & other awesome data) is caring… So…

Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for March 2014

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O'Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brackston
XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
CRYSTAL COVE by Lisa Kleypas

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