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A Door Opens
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR FACILITATING A READING GROUP
These guidelines offer general advice about running a book discussion group with the caveat that there are no set rules on how to do so. Don’t feel constrained by these guidelines, but use them to help create the discussion atmosphere you and your group are most comfortable with. In preparing these suggestions, I have drawn heavily from a number of “classics” about book groups (see bibliography below).
First of all, we expect you to facilitate your group, which does not mean you have to lead it or give a lecture. Your role is to get the discussion rolling, and to keep it going. Secondly, rest assured that while we hope this book will generate a lively discussion in every group, we know that some groups will be more enthusiastic than others. We have provided a list of possible questions and some background material on the book and the author.
General tasks of a facilitator:
Initiate the discussion – we have provided a list of possible questions to get you started. You may choose, for example, to go around the room and allow each person a brief period to make an “opening statement” before going on to in-depth discussion of specific questions or topics. This will also give you a sense of what the members of the group think is important or interesting.
Make sure all members of the group have the chance to speak (some may not want to say much, but all should be afforded the opportunity).
Curtail lengthy digressions; some digressions may arise naturally and even add to the discussion, but make sure they don’t lead the group too far astray. The object is to concentrate primarily on the shared material at hand, i.e. the book.
Interject questions when the discussion is running out of steam. Some groups may practically self-lead once the conversation gets rolling; others may need impetus along the way.
If necessary, make it clear that in a book discussion group everyone “agrees to disagree.” Customize the discussion to your group – a children’s group will have different needs than an adults-only one.
Some common “glitches” that may arise:
One person dominates the group and doesn’t let other people speak. An effective way to deal with this situation can be to recognize everyone who has something to say and then assign an order in which they can speak. When a reasonable amount of time has passed, point out that is now the next person’s turn.
One strong personality dictates the tenor of the discussion. Make regular reminders, starting at the beginning of the session, that differences of opinion make for lively discussion and that the object is not to develop consensus but to share a variety of viewpoints. You may want, after a particularly strong statement by a dominant personality, to ask if anyone has a counter opinion to offer.
Multiple discussions develop at the same time, especially in larger groups. Set out ground rules at the beginning about having only one conversation going on at the same time. If necessary, you can even ask people to raise their hands and be recognized before speaking. You may need to play the “heavy” from time to time and actually stop ancillary conversations. It isn’t fun, but it will lead to a better experience for everyone in the long run.
Conversation diverts too far off track. Try to interject another question, or mention that while the point is interesting, you need to steer the conversation back towards the book because of time limitations.
Discussion lags. Now is the time to go back to your list of prepared questions or to interject some of your supplementary material.
Some general suggestions/ topics that can be used to stimulate a discussion (if you
need additional ideas):
Read passages out loud to emphasize a point, get the flavor of the style, language
Formulate questions that do not have yes or no answers
Discuss how the book relates to contemporary world/culture
Credibility of story – does the author’s request to suspend disbelief work?
Resolution – does the plot ending satisfy?
Discussion of style, language, diction; the structure of this book
Setting –detail, effectiveness of descriptions of the setting(s)
Characters – favorites, how much of what happens to them is fate and how much
to do they control
Have each person describe a particular character you select with a single adjective or phrase.
Extend and deepen discussion by following up participants’ statements by asking “How?” or “Why?” or asking for specific examples from the text.
Ask for a show of hands in response to a simple question, and then ask individuals to elaborate. For example, in this case, you might ask, “How many think that the preacher is a bad man?”
Ask if they would recommend the book and, if so, to whom and why.
Rachel W. Jacobsohn. The Reading Group Handbook. New York: Hyperion, 1998.
David Laskin and Holly Hughes. The Reading Group Book: The Complete Guide toStarting and Sustaining a Reading Group, with Annotated Lists of 250 Titles forProvocative Discussion. New York: Plume Books, 1995.
Diana Loevy. The Book Group Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience. New York: Berkley Books, 2006
Only one life???
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
History 2012 - 2014
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - Rhoda Janzen
The Submission - Amy Waldman
The Dovekeepers - Alice HoffmanThe Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin
The End of Your Life Book Club - Will Schwalbe
The Light Between Oceans - ML Stedman
The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Flight Behavior -Barbara Kingsolver
Saturday Night Widows -Becky Aikman
Paris in Love - Eloisa James
Defending Jacob - William Landay
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philipp Sendker
An Invisible Thread - Laura SchroffOlive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
Let's Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson
On the Outskirts of Normal - Debra Monroe
The Circle - Dave Eggers
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
The Death of Bees - Lisa O'Donnell
And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini
Ghana Must Go - Taiye Salasi
The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
The Round House - Louise Erdrich
Still Life with Bread Crumbs - Anna Quindlen
The Girls of Atomic City - Denise Kiernan
No two persons
No two persons ever read the same book.
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker Jennifer Chiaverini
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson
The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
Painted Girls Cathy Marie Buchanan
Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism Maajid Nawaz
"Gardens" theme discussion various
Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Chris Bohjalian
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
A Spool of Blue Thread Ann Tyler
Nora Webster, A Novel Colm Toibin
Jan 17 Prudence David Treuer
Feb 21 The Girl On The Train Paula Hawkins
March 20 Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Bill Dedman
April 17 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl Mona Awad
May 15 A Reunion of Ghosts Judith Claire Mitchell
June 19 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
July 17 Postponed to August
Aug 21 "horses" you pick book & author
Sept 18 Big Little Lies Liane Moriatry
Oct 16 Boys in the Trees: A Memoir Carly Simon
Nov 20 Cancelled
Dec 18 Cancelled
Readings for 2017
January 15 I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable @ Nancy's
February 19 The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton @ Judi's
March 19 Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew @ Linda's
April 16 When the Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi @ Pam's
May 21 The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant Location TBA
June 18 A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith Location TBA