One-Minute Book Reviews

October 30, 2007

Novelists Talk About Their Books on Free DVDs for Reading Groups

Ouch! Since I wrote this, the hard drive on my Mac laptop has apparently crashed. I hope to get it fixed in the next day or two. In the meantime, I’ll try to post on computers at a library, where I am now, but may be slow to respond to comments. Thanks for your patience. Jan

Tonight I was going to write a post about Kilt Dead (Kensington, $22), the first mystery in Kaitlyn Dunnett‘s new Scottish-themed series set in Maine www.kaitlyndunnett.com. But you’ll have to wait a day or two for that one, because I decided instead to go into Manhattan for a launch party for National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association www.wnba-books.org and www.wnba-nyc.org.

At the celebration I learned about something reading groups may want to check out: Random House is giving away to book clubs on a while-supplies-last basis three DVDs, each of which has a different female author talking about her books: Lorna Landvik (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), Adriana Trigiani (Home to Big Stone Gap) and Fannie Flagg (Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven). I haven’t read any of these books, but if you have and love them, you can request a DVD for your club at www.thereaderscircle.com.

Would that Random House would do a DVD for Katha Pollitt! Her new essay collection Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories is ideal for book group members who liked the bestseller from the company’s Knopf imprint, Nora Ephron‘s I Feel About My Neck. A review of and reading group guide to Pollitt’s book appeared on this site on Oct. 16 www.oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com/2007/10/16/.

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

3 Comments »

  1. Hi Janice, Thank you for sharing all this great info! I went to the readerscircle.com and requested the Lorna Landvik cd. So cool! Thanks!

    Comment by lisamm — October 30, 2007 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  2. My pleasure, Lisa. These DVDs sounded as though they might be a good bet for meetings at which some people didn’t have time to finish the book (or just don’t have as much to say as usual). You can pop in a DVD and listen to the author instead … Jan

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — October 30, 2007 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  3. I was thinking it might give insight into the writing process and story development. We’ve had a couple of book club meetings with authors joining us via speaker phone that have been really enlightening. I bet this could be similar.

    Comment by lisamm — October 30, 2007 @ 9:06 pm | Reply


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