Book of the Week
The book club bible : the definitive guide that every book club member needs / foreword by Lionel Shriver.
This book is meant for book club members, but it is a wonderful resource for anyone who enjoys reading. It features a large selection of book titles and reports for every taste, suitable for a book club discussion or for individual reading enjoyment. With the choices it offers, it's a great help for book clubs and other readers to get out of a "reading slump." "Offering a friendly helping hand to enrich your reading experience, each book report provides: a non-spoiler synopsis, background information on the author and historical context, provocative starting points for group discussion, suggested companion volumes." There are also "top ten" lists, such as "Top Ten British and American Classics," "Top Ten World Classics," "Top Ten Crime Books" and "Top Ten Humorous Reads."
I'm not a book club member but in leafing through this volume I have found titles I would want to read as well as information about books I have already read. For example, the entry for Bel canto by Ann Patchett, one of my favorite books, has information that is new to me. One is under Discussion Points: "The book begins with two epigraphs, which enhance our appreciation of the novel as a whole. One of them is unattributed: it is from the libretto for Mozart's opera The magic flute. In what ways do these epigraphs relate to the main body of the story?" And under Background Information: " 'Bel canto,' 'beautiful singing' in Italian, is a vocal style with full operatic tones that requires a versatile or even a virtuoso technique." With this information, I need to read Ann Patchett's book again!