Local book clubs turn the page to a new year

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 8:34 a.m.

If you think book clubs are only for stuffy elites, think again.

Today’s book clubs are places for personal growth, literary curiosity, and fun.

The Lit Chick Book Group, is open to men and women and meets the first Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. in the lecture hall of the library.

“I try to [select] books under 250 pages,” said Maggie Frazier, a reference librarian for the Bangor Public Library. In her experience, selecting shorter books allows participants to go more in-depth during club meetings.

According to Frazier, book clubs are great places to share ideas and insights on modern literature.

And Frazier’s book club, the Lit Chick Book Group, reads works that are decidedly feminine. Past books have included: “Montana 1948” by by Larry Watson, “Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” by Maggie O’Farrell, “Strangers” by Anita Brookner, and “The Typist” by Michael Knight. The book for January is “Convent” by Panos Karnezis and February’s book is “Spider“ by Patrick McGrath. For a full listing, visit www.bpl.lib.me.us/Lit Chicks Book Group.

“Everyone interprets the books so differently,” she said. “There are things you might like that someone else might not. In a book club everyone can contribute something about what they learn from the readings. No one has the right or wrong answer.”

All of the books for the book club are available at Bangor Public Library, through interlibrary loan, and for ebook readers at no cost.

In addition to Frazier’s book club, Bangor Public Library also hosts the “Not Your Ordinary Book Group” on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. This group reads up to two books a month — one from the mystery/suspense/horror genres and one from the romance/fantasy/women’s fiction genres — and meets to discuss them. Find out more about this club by visiting www.notyourordinarybookbaner.blogspot.com

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