Monday, July 02, 2007

[Tell Me About A Book!] Theme Three: Family Relationships

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 3
Family Relationships: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

Many book clubs enjoy reading books that feature strong family relationships. Consider the following questions yourself or share them with your book club.

  1. Is there a book out there that you think every family should read?

  2. Have you ever read a book that made you see things from your parent(s)/sibling(s)/child(ren)'s point-of-view?

Use the "comments" section below to share your thoughts. Click here for instructions. [pdf]

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

DIGGING TO AMERICA by Anne Tyler (Knopf, 2006).

THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Kim Edwards (Penguin, 2006).

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin's Press, 2002).

A SPOT OF BOTHER by Mark Haddon (Doubleday, 2006).

SUSANNAH'S GARDEN by Debbie Macomber (Mira, 2006).

YOU KNOW BETTER by Tina McElroy Ansa (William Morrow, 2002).

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


"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," said Leo Tolstoy. So I don't know about every family. For happy families you have Little Women by Alcott. The Snapper by Roddy Doyle is the story of a warm, loving Irish family told with immense amounts of extremely bad language-there's a great movie of it, too. For dysfunctional families, try The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is
a book about a dysfunctional English family in the twenties that should be depressing, but is instead optimistic, joyous and wonderful.
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