Join a Book Group
- Friends of the Amherst Library Book Club - Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month (Sept-June) in a member's home. Contact the Reference Department for more information.
- Page Turners Book Club - Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at the library. Visitors and/or new members are always welcome (please call in advance)
- Newcomers Book Discussion Group - Meets once a month on a Thursday evening in a member's home. Meetings start at 7:00pm, book discussions begin around 7:30pm. Anyone may attend the first meeting as a guest. Thereafter we ask the you pay membership dues to the Amherst Area Newcomers. For information contact Colleen Lynch, 249-9363.
- AAUW Book Group - Special interest group of the American Association of University Women. Membership is open to anyone with a 4 year degree from an accredited college or university. For information call Mary Marsh, 673-7244.
- Parkhurst Place Book Club - Facilitated by an Amherst Town Library staff member. Open to all residents of Parkhurst Place. Meets once month. For information call Peg MacEwan, 673-4808.
More Book Clubs
- BookCrossing - Call it book trading, a global book club, a reading group with no boundaries, but think catch and release! This site, created by a software developer in CA as a relief from e-commerce assignments, asks people to “release” books they’ve read into the wild. Members are given ID numbers for books they leave for others to find, the finders can record a journal entry for the book at the website and then set the book back on its journey. There are currently over 430,000 books “in the wild” in the US.
- The Book Group List - This online book group reads and discusses two books a month, from the 1st to the 15th and from the 16th to the end of the month. Choices cover the best of current fiction and nonfiction. The site includes annotated lists of all books discussed since 1996 with the group's rating and selected comments. Register by entering your email address.
- The Great Books Foundation - The Great Books Reading & Discussion programs "introduce adult participants to substantial works of literature, philosophy, economics, political science, and psychology. Group members enjoy both intellectual collaboration and the opportunity to reflect on their own lives and convictions in light of ideas from major thinkers." The site offers extensive resources for starting a group and leading discussions, information on training courses and special events, and links to a Junior Great Books site and a Parents Corner.
- Oprah's Book Club - Oprah has revived her book club, this time focusing on the classics. Free registration is required to access the book club site. Features include in-depth information and study guides for each book selection, email updates from Oprah, and online help finding a book club in your neighborhood. A printable list of Oprah's original book club titles is still available.
- Reader's Circle - Reader's Circle is a free public directory that specializes in listings for book clubs and reader's circles.
Book Discussion Guides
The popular internet bookstore's collection of Reading Group Guides features lists of discussion questions for titles from a variety of publishers. The collection can be browsed by genre and includes nonfiction and business titles. Feature articles present lists such as "Books for Mother-Daughter Book Groups" and "Books for Corporate Book Groups."
The Reading Group site from BookBrowse.com. The unique feature of this site is that excerpts are included for all featured titles, as well as reading guides, author interviews, and other features. The site contains a wealth of information on how to start and run a book group, and a useful guide on how to create your own Readers Guide for a book.
This publisher's site offers the most comprehensive reading group guides on over 100 titles by renowned contemporary authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, E. L. Doctorow, and Dorothy Allison. Each guide includes detailed literary criticism, an essay about the author, and topics and questions for discussion. The site also includes suggestions for starting a book discussion group.
One of the best publisher's sites, Random House presents Reading Guides for books by many of the finest contemporary writers, from Pulitzer prizewinner Michael Chabon to Jane Smiley, Alice Walker, and other authors popular with book groups. The collection includes classics and nonfiction and can be browsed by author, title, or genre.
A large collection of reading group guides searchable by author or title. They are also published in annual volumes which can be found in the circulating collection of the library under the call number 028.9 REA. The website includes a bulletin board where members of book groups can share information and ideas.
An online community for booklovers featuring discussions on just about every genre of literature you can think of. Choose from medieval, 19th century, children's, romance, mystery, poetry, and many more. This site also includes book news, feature articles, and reviews.
The best all-around site gathers into one place everything you need to start, lead, and enjoy book discussions. Over 500 guides are available and can be browsed by area of interest such as Gay/Lesbian, Jewish, or short stories. The new recommendations feature is updated frequently, and the site includes interesting special features such as essays by authors, and interviews with book groups from around the country.
An extensive collection of reading group guides from the publisher Simon & Schuster, including titles from The Free Press, Scribner, and Touchstone Books. The site includes online discussion boards, and an email notification service when new guides are added.
SparkNotes offer Study Guides that are just as useful for book discussion groups as they are for students. Available titles cover a broad range of literature including contemporary classics. Free registration is required to use the site.