Friday Reads: Book Club Central

“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.    Blogs may be about new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here. 


Today’s post is a little different than usual as I’ll be highlighting a new website of interest to readers, rather than a book or magazine in our library.   Book club members read on … let me tell you about Book Club Central (

This website was created with the help of librarians (“Expert librarians,” according to the press release, but really, is there any other type of librarian?), to give the reading public an all-you-can eat buffet of helpful recommendations for a great book club.

Launched in late June by the American Library Association, this new resource boasts actress Sarah Jessica Parker as its honorary co-chair.  If you are wondering why, it is because Parker is also a library supporter and avid reader, dating back to her childhood.  Look for her book recommendations featured under the tab, “SJP Picks.”  Her first recommendation is No One is Coming to Save Us, by Stephanie Powell Watts (see photo.)

Under the tab, “How to Book Club,” leaders will find advice about what to have in mind when selecting books for a club, how to lead a great discussion and how to troubleshoot a book club gone awry.  Readers looking for a book club to join will get tips on places to search, such as their local library or book store.

The “Find Books for Clubs” tab is the place to go for the latest book recommendations, reviews and author interviews.  I will say here, that most recommendations are for novels and they don’t make it easy to find nonfiction book recommendations, but they do exist.

You can find Book Club Central at, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



One comment on “Friday Reads: Book Club Central

  1. Marilyn Sanborn says:

    Sounds like a great discussion. I liked that book. The South has always fascinated me. I plan to review Monticello if given the chance. Gunning writes very close to history and her depiction of Jefferson is pretty clear.
    longer have an opportunity to write reviews for it. I am very interested in rvireing Monticello by Sally Cabot Gunning. I have tried to book her to speak to the Friends but she is overbooked throigh this year. It is her depiction of Jefferson that interests me. She is subtle but clear as to how his daughter felt about his views on slavery. She has done an enormous amount of research so the novel is as closr as possinl to history
    link but so far, no luck. I want to review Monticello by Sally Cabot Gunning. It is fiction but Gunning sticks as close to fact as she can. I am particularly interested in her depiction of Jefferson and his views on slavery . I have read quite a bit about thm and Gunning, speaking through Jefferson’s daughter Martha is subtle but clear.

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