Monday, March 31, 2014
The Book Club Boom
There are virtual book clubs as well - ZolaBooks connects readers while Goodreads gives members the opportunity to read a book together. Book Clubs also form along the lines of particular constituencies, be they gender, age, fans of a single author, or genre.
In the end, says James Atlas*, book groups are about community. "The success of the One City, One Book initiatives in Chicago, Seattle and smaller towns...reflects the longing to share. So does Oprah; her book club binds together a nation disparate in its customs, classes, religions and ethnicities by putting it in front of the TV and telling it what to read."
Reading is a solitary activity, but talking about reading? That's the connectivity of a Book Club.
*"Really? You're Not in a Book Club?" by James Atlas, NY Times, March 23, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Perry