A Dinner of Onions: Book Discussion Kits Update

July 26, 2011

A recent survey by Reading Group Choices found 25% of reading group members are using ebooks.  The actual number surprises me, but really it makes perfect sense.  With an ebook, you can easily bookmark passages and find locations in the text.  Some applications even let you share your ebooks with a friend.  On the other hand, personally I find it more difficult to take in a heady novel in electronic form, but that may be subtle psychological resistance.

In spite of this trend, the Sno-Isle Foundation continues to invest in print book kits to support these time-honored, intimate communities of ideas.  Below is a list of items ordered in the past several months.  The titles in red are coming soon. The others should already be in the reservation system on Sno-Isle’s web page. 

 The Reader’s Advisory Team meets quarterly and chooses titles from a list of suggestions from team members and a variety of sources.  Factors considered include availability of a suitable trade paperback edition of the book, availability of good discussion questions from the publisher or web sites, sustained popularity, availability of other formats such as large print or audio, and a balance of different genres, styles, and perspectives.  Soon I’ll also post a list of what we are about to order now for fall.  I welcome suggestions for the team to consider, especially from your active discussion groups.

Posted by Darren

Title Author  
100 Thing Challenge, The Bruno, Dave  
Big Burn, The Egan, Timonthy  
Bloodroot Greene, Amy  
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen McDougall, Christopher  
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Franklin, Tom  
Dark Places Flynn, Gillian  
Eating Animals Foer, Jonathan Safran  
Father of the Rain King, Lily  
Gate at the Stairs, A Moore, Lorrie  
Girl Who Fell from the Sky, The Durrow, Heidi  
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Walls, Jeannette  
Help, The Stockett, Kathryn  
Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, A Wizenberg, Molly  
Homer & Langley Doctorow, E. L.   
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Skloot, Rebecca  
Invisible Bridge, The Orringer, Julie  
Last Time I Saw You, The Berg, Elizabeth  
Little Bee Cleave, Chris  
Lotus Eaters, The Soli, Tatjana  
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Simonson, Helen  
Matterhorn Marlantes, Karl  
My Life As an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living As a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests Jacobs, A. J.   
Other Wes Moore, The Moore, Wes  
Postmistress Blake, Sarah  
Secrets of Eden Bohjalian, Christopher  
Shadow of the Wind Ruiz Zafon, Carlos  
Sweetness of Tears: A Novel, The Haji, Nafisa  
Visit from the Goon Squad, A Egan, Jennifer  
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2 Responses to “A Dinner of Onions: Book Discussion Kits Update”

  1. Dawn Says:

    Can we try to get these all as ebooks and/or audiodownloads then link to them from the kit page? That would be very helpful for our bookgroups 🙂

    Dawn

  2. Darren Says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. It might be time to start thinking about that.


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