Thursday, July 12, 2012

Reading Women: A Book Club Guide for Women's Fiction

Any book-group leader who ever despaired of finding a discussable romance title at the suggestion of a member need fret no longer. Hill has compiled an admirable list of women’s fiction, chick lit, and romance titles suitable for discussion. Women’s fiction, as defined by Hill, is an umbrella term encompassing titles that appeal to female readers by addressing the important issues in women’s lives. The understated yet standout feature of this resource guide is the blend of titles with an emphasis on the humor, lightheartedness, and hope found in many women’s-fiction novels—no Oprah’s Book Club literary depression here. Hill has thoroughly examined each title and provided title-specific discussion questions (beware that some contain subtle spoilers) that facilitators will find quite valuable. Each entry also lists brief biographical background, a short annotation, website and readers’-guide URLs, and read-alikes. The majority of the 90 titles listed...

For the full review (contributed by Kaite Mediatore Stover), see Booklist Online.

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