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This is a small book club. Membership is closed, and you have to know the secret knock (i.e. know the moderators or one of their friends) to join. Sorry, but we don't have the time nor the inclination to moderate a large community.

Guidelines for members
Play nicely.
Speak up for what interests you.
Glowing reviews are not necessary! Tell us your opinion, positive or negative.
Let us know if you're sitting out a round.
Discussions remain open for several months, so feel free to comment even if it's "late."


Scheduled books, 2006

January: general fiction
The Boys of my Youth, by Jo Ann Beard, ISBN# 0316085251. Discussion starts January 23rd.

February: Pulitzer Prize winner
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, ISBN# 0312422156. Discussion starts March 6.

March: non-fiction
Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut, by Emily White, ISBN# 0425191761. Discussion starts April 3.

April: book/movie comparison
View 10 Things I Hate About You & read The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare. Discussion starts May 1.

May: award-winning sci-fi
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A Heinlein, ISBN# 0312863551. Discussion starts May 29.

June: non-fiction
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell, ISBN# 0316346624. Discussion starts June 26.

July: general fiction
Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami, ISBN# 1400043662. Discussion TBA.

August: To be decided.

September: general fiction
Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier, ISBN# 0380730405. Discussion TBA.

Is it your turn to lead the discussion but you don't have a clue where to start? Here are some sites that might help:

Reading Group Guides are easily searchable by author, title, or category.
Book-Club has reviews, discussion questions, and more.
Powell's Bookstore has interviews with authors, reviews, and links to other book clubs.


Curious what other people consider good books? Here are lists of winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction & non-fiction, awarded by Columbia University, the Nebula Award, given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, & the Hugo Award, chosen by sci-fi readers worldwide (specifically by members of the World Science Fiction Convention). There's also the Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded to an author for his or her entire body of work, the Pen/Faulkner Award is given by writers to their peers, and the Whitbread Award celebrates the best of modern British writing.

Since the maintainers of this community happen to love mysteries, it's necessary to list Britain's Gold Dagger award for best crime novel, and the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America for both non-fiction & fiction.

There are many other awards. Here's a list of more book awards than you probably ever knew existed.