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This practical resource for starting a book group is very timely, considering the proliferation of book groups over the past seven years. Book groups (or book clubs) have been around for a long time, possibly since the early 18th century, but were more recently popularized by Oprah Winfrey. This first work by Moore and Stevens (both Ph.D. candidates, Univ. of Denver) is an easy-to-read guide that gives readers an abundance of information on everything from choosing the type of book (e.g., fiction, autobiography) to understanding characters, plot, and setting. The book also covers the dynamic of the book group session-i.e., how to decide who will lead the discussion, formulate questions, and get others involved. The first chapter, "Sewing Circles and Salons," provides an overview of reading in groups throughout history and includes a brief section focusing on women and reading. In "The Greedy Reader Menu," the authors discuss what makes a good book group book and provide a listing of some categories and sample titles. For instance, the category "People and Cultures" includes works like Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Chang Rae Lee's A Gesture Life. Suitable for public libraries and other public venues (such as community centers) where book groups are likely to congregate.-Valeda F. Dent, Hunter Coll., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.