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A fit for any interest

More than 200 book clubs in area meet a plethora of literary needs
About three years ago, Dr. Dave Clark, left, formed a book club with other men looking to explore books in-depth. The group now has about a dozen members. Dave Clark & Friends meets at Clark’s home. Besides Clark are, from left, Ted Wright, Paul Dvirnak, Bob Conrad, Tom Stuber and Jay Eagan.
With books in hand, members of Dave Clark & Friends discuss their current book.
Karen Lemke, with the Pine River Library, displays one of the library’s book-club kits at the library. Lemke said the Bookmarks Club is geared primarily toward adults, but has kits for younger readers too.
Favorite reads

Maria’s Bookshop maintains a display of books that will make for great discussions at the front of the store. Books are recommended by other book clubs, Maria’s staff or both. Visit www.mariasbookshop.com for more information.
Currently on the shelf are:
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.
Anything by John Green, particularly The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan).
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko
Dead Run: The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the American West by Dan Schultz
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
The Flame Thrower by Rachel Kushner
Canyon Sacrifice by Durango author Scott Graham
Tenth of December by George Saunders
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean, the Fort Lewis College Common Reading Experience selection for 2014
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Helpful tips

Book clubs come in all shapes, sizes and themes, but Maria’s Bookshop offers some tips to make them successful:
Determine your purpose, whether it’s social, to learn more about science or to read mysteries.
Start with people you know when recruiting members, whether it’s neighbors, co-workers, friends from church or people met alongside the field at your children’s soccer matches. You want people who are enthusiastic, curious and have a sense of humor – and who don’t hog the conversation. Eight to 12 members is a good size for stimulating conversations and fitting in people’s homes.
Schedule a set time and determine where you’re going to meet. That can be rotating through homes, meeting at the library or a restaurant or finding a room in a church or other facility. Many groups serve snacks or have potlucks.
The selection process is key to the group’s success. Some only read paperbacks, others vote on a list, while still others rotate the responsibility for selection from member to member.
Select someone to lead the discussion and another to keep the group organized. Many books comes with reading guides, interviews with authors are available online and some standard questions to get the conversation started are available on Maria’s website.
Check in occasionally to see how things are going and to evaluate the quality and direction of discussions.

A fit for any interest

About three years ago, Dr. Dave Clark, left, formed a book club with other men looking to explore books in-depth. The group now has about a dozen members. Dave Clark & Friends meets at Clark’s home. Besides Clark are, from left, Ted Wright, Paul Dvirnak, Bob Conrad, Tom Stuber and Jay Eagan.
With books in hand, members of Dave Clark & Friends discuss their current book.
Karen Lemke, with the Pine River Library, displays one of the library’s book-club kits at the library. Lemke said the Bookmarks Club is geared primarily toward adults, but has kits for younger readers too.
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