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On-Air & Online Book Clubs: April/May Book Picks

abstract:From Oprah to The Washington Post, here’s a roundup of the current title selections from the book clubs hosted by the national television shows, magazines, and major newspapers.


April 23, 2004
— Discuss a book with readers from across the country (or world) by participating in one of the online book clubs hosted by a television show, magazine, or newspaper. In many instances, these book clubs offer great resources on their websites, such as author interviews, book excerpts, and reading guides.


Television Book Clubs

Good Morning America: Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do
Pearl Cleage’s tale of a woman finding herself.

Read an excerpt from the book.









Live with Regis and Kelly

"Reading with Ripa," Kellly’s book club, is no longer active. The last book selection was made in July 2003. Click here for past book selections.


Oprah: The Heart is the Lonely Hunter
Oprah has just selected Carson McCuller’s first novel, published in 1940 when the author was just 23-years-old.

Visit Oprah’s Book Club online for the reading guide and other resources for this book.







The Today Show: The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Andrew Sean Greer’s haunting novel of a man living his life in reverse may be the book of the season.

Read an excerpt from the book.









Magazine Book Clubs

Utne: Crescent
Diane Abu-Jabar’s novel, a love story between an Arab-American chef and an exiled Iraqi professor, is April’s timely read. Coming in May: Break Any Woman Down by Dana Johnson.

Utne Book Club 2004 Titles and discussion forums.








Newspaper Book Clubs

The Boston Herald: Jelly Roll: A Blues
Poet Kevin Young’s collection was a National Book Award finalist.

The Boston Book Club








The New York Times: Mansfield Park
Jane Austen’s classic novel is the current book under discussion. Coming in May: Random Family by Adrian Nicole Leblanc. Book Forums








USA Today Book Club
Although the book section still presents a bestseller list and regular reviews, the book club is no longer active. The last book selection was made in November 2003. Click here for past book selections.


The Washington Post: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
P.D. James’ 1977 classic is a “melding of a feminist awareness with the traditional conventions of the mystery form”. Book Club









Also consider:
BBC Book Club: Falling
Elizabeth Jane Howard’s exploration of love is the April selection. Coming in May, Nice Work by David Lodge.

BBC Book Club


Does your local paper or television station host a book club? E-mail us at info@bookbuffet and we will include the program in our next update.



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