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October is National Reading Group Month.  Here are some ideas for your reading group.



Re-read these books to see if you enjoy them more than you did when they were assigned reading in high school

The grapes of wrath / John Steinbeck

The grapes of wrath / John Steinbeck

Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.



Read a biography to see the world through another person’s eyes.

Cleopatra : a life / by Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra: a life / by Stacy Schiff.

A Pulitzer Prize winner weaves together sex and celebrity, empire and politics in a story that is as contemporary as it is ancient, capturing fully for the first time the operatic power of Cleopatra's life and reign.


Read with Your Teens

Talk about a popular young adult title with your favorite teens.

The hunger games / Suzanne Collins

The hunger games / Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting young people against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.


A Book and a Field Trip

You can continue to explore topics discussed in your book by visiting local attractions.

Loving Frank : a novel / Nancy Horan

Loving Frank : a novel / Nancy Horan

Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois.



Read about contemporary or historical events.

Shadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II / Robert Kurson

Shadow divers: the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II / Robert Kurson

Recounts the 1991 discovery of a sunken German U-boat by two recreational scuba divers, tracing how they devoted the following six years to researching the identities of the submarine and its crew, correcting historical texts and breaking new grounds in the world of diving along the way.


A Book and a Movie

See how the Hollywood treatment compares to the real thing.

Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.


Fahrenheit 451 DVD

Directed by Francois Truffaut, starring Julie Christie


Listen to a Good Book

An audiobook can take you back to the days when families read together for entertainment.

The help [CD-sound recording] / Kathryn Stockett

The help [CD-sound recording] / Kathryn Stockett

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era.


Science Fiction

Find a great read in the future.

The sparrow / Mary Doria Russell

The sparrow / Mary Doria Russell

The sole survivor of a crew sent to discover a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.



Interesting things to discuss…and a puzzle besides.

Maisie Dobbs : a novel / Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs: a novel / Jacqueline Winspear

In her first case, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.


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