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Books on the Table · 3d ago

Reese Recommends It, You Read It

It all started with Oprah Winfrey. In 1996, she launched a book club that made an enormous impact on readers, authors, and publishers. For fifteen years, Oprah’s choices became worldwide bes...
Books on the Table · 3W ago

Introducing . . . Between the Covers: Professionally Led Book Discussions

No two persons ever read the same book. Edmund Wilson If you’ve ever participated in a book club, you know that Edmund Wilson is absolutely right. That’s what makes book discussions such enr...
Books on the Table · 1M ago

6 Books to Read This Spring

Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read. Fought against it for a minute. Then looked out the window at the rain. And gave over. Put myself entirely in the ke...
Books on the Table · 1M ago

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month –and National Car Care Awareness Month

April is National Poetry Month! The act of treating poetry like a difficult activity one needs to master can easily perpetrate those mistaken, and pervasive, ideas about poetry that make it ...
Books on the Table · 2M ago

What I’ve Been Reading

I also believe that there is no book so bad that you can’t find anything in it of interest. You can learn something from the very worst books . . . even if it’s just one gleaming insight in ...
Books on the Table · 4M ago

8 More Short Books for Your Book Club

Nothing against sprawling, 700-page novels, but I tend to like little books that make a big noise. These novelists work on a small scale because they make their works with exceptional power,...
Books on the Table · 6M ago

Not Too Busy to Read

I cannot imagine life without books any more than I can imagine life without breathing. Terry Brooks Dear Terry Brooks, I’m sorry that I’ve never read one of your books, because they are epi...
Books on the Table · 7M ago

What Fiction to Read Next — Fall 2017

And indeed, what is better than to sit by one’s fireside in the evening with a book, while the wind beats against the window and the lamp is burning? Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary Publishe...
Books on the Table · 8M ago

Award Season

The book trade invented literary prizes to stimulate sales, not to reward merit. Michael Moorcock Almost every year, when the nominees for the major literary prizes (Man Booker, National Boo...
Books on the Table · 9M ago

Sons and Soldiers — Book Review

In occupied Germany, the refrain “We didn’t know” was becoming as common as “Ich bin kein Nazi” (I am no Nazi). The Germany Manny had left when his mother put him on a train as a fourteen-ye...