Tuesday, July 17, 2007

[Tell Me About A Book!] Theme 4: New Perspectives

Tell Me About a Book!
A Summer Reading program for Adult Book Clubs
June 2-July 28, 2007

Your book club can win prizes, meet bestselling authors, and obtain resources to promote reading, sharing, and lively debate. Register to win at any Library location each time your group reads and discusses a book.

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Tell Me About A Book! Theme 4
New Perspectives: Understanding Others

Many book clubs enjoy discussing works that offer new perspectives on the world and its people. They select titles that expose them to cultures different from their own. Books about fictive worlds (as imagined by Science Fiction or Fantasy writers, for example) are also popular.

Consider the following questions yourself or share them with your book club.

  1. Is there a book that changed the way you viewed the way the world works?

  2. Have you ever identified with a real or imaginary culture as described in a book?

  3. How can reading different genres help us to explore and understand what it is to be human?

Many of the books reviewed on this blog concern new perspectives. Here are links to a few titles for your consideration:

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (Random House, 2000).

EAT, PRAY, LOVE: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking, 2006).

HIS DARK MATERIALS, a trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman (Knopf, 1995-2000).

THE LAST REPORT ON THE MIRACLES AT LITTLE NO HORSE by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins, 2001).

MALINCHE by Laura Esquivel (Atria Books, 2006).

ORYX AND CRAKE by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese, 2003).

OUR LADY OF THE FOREST by David Guterson (Knopf, 2003).

THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf, 2006).

THE SHAPE SHIFTER by Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins, 2006).

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury (Bantam, 1963).

THREE CUPS OF TEA: One Man's Mission to Fight Terror and Build Nations--One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson (Viking, 2006).

A YEAR IN THE WORLD: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes (Broadway Books, 2006).

Tell Me About A Book! is made possible by a grant from Mid South Reads and The Assisi Foundation.


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