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What to Read: The Essential Guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers

Pearlman, Mickey

Perennial Currents
Published:April 1, 1999

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Description: From Library Journal
Pearlman, the director of a book club for several years, here suggests how to organize and run a reading group. She provides 33 briefly annotated lists of contemporary and classic titles arranged by subject, e.g., mysteries, science fiction, and sports. Each list contains a half-year or more of reading. This compilation is much shorter-about 1000 titles-than H.W. Wilson's Public Library Catalog (1989. 9th ed.), The Reader's Adviser (LJ 6/15/94), and The Reader's Catalog (LJ 4/15/89). Closest in size is The Reader's Companion (Hyperion, 1994), with unannotated lists compiled by experts. One may quibble about certain omissions, such as the failure to list Gone with the Wind under Southern literature, and with certain inclusions, such as listing Isaac Bashevis Singer's Scum under Jewish fiction-hardly his best work. Still, the inclusions will spark discussion. In addition, smaller libraries may find this a useful guide for collection development, since all the titles listed are in print.
Joseph Rosenblum, Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description:
In this revised edition of the classic guide for book clubs, Mickey Pearlman'editor, lecturer, and reading group expert--offers annotated, innovative book lists for every dedicated reader. Whether you've been in a reading group for years, are interested in forming or finding one, or you're a book lover looking for new ideas, What to Read is an indispensable resource, listing hundreds of contemporary and classic books organized by subject. By updating every list and adding many new ones, Pearlman now offers pages and pages of fresh ideas. Among the lists that have been revised are:

Stop Kidding Around (books for children and young adults)

On the Beach

Let's Talk About Me (memoirs by men and women)

New lists include:

What an Adventure!

Think About Health

Who's on First?

Keep it Short (short story collection)

What to Read also includes tips on creating and maintaining your own reading group, organizing an E-mail book club, or joining on on-line. See sections called "How to Read," "When to Read," and "Where to Read" for more help!

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