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Reading Group Choices 2012

Reading Group Choices, 2012: Selections for Lively Book Discussions

Selected by the staff at Reading Group Choices, this annual publication is filled with 70 titles carefully selected to be of interest to reading groups, complete with insightful "Conversation Starters " to facilitate lively group discussions.

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Hit lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers
by James W. Hall

Review and author notes

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All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane
by Amy Elizabeth Smith; illustrations by Lucia Mancilla Prieto

Includes a reading group guide.


Cited!: Identifying Credible Information Online
by Larry Gerber

Describes how to find and evaluate information on the Internet, including detecting biases, determining accuracy, and judging fairness.


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Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive
by Theoni Pappas

Mathematical ideas serve as main characters in brief stories that demonstrate mathematical principles or developments in the history of mathematics.


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Basic Math Refresher: Everyday Math for Everyday People: A Fast and Easy Way to Learn
by Stephen Hearne

Covers the basic in mathematics, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, division, averages, measurements, and discounts.

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Origami and Math: Simple to Complex
by John Montroll

Origami master John Montroll presents 39 models, each made from a single square sheet of paper. They range from simple to very complex and involve numerous mathematical principles. Projects include a collection of polygons, 2-D and 3-D models that employ pentagonal symmetry, the use of math in designing animal models, and more.

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Mathematics Minus Fear: How to Make Math Fun and Beneficial to Your Everyday Life
by Lawrence Potter

Forget your classroom nightmares and discover how numbers can enhance and illuminate your world! How can math help you bet on horses or win in Vegas? What’s the foolproof way to solve Sudoku? How can probability teach you to calculate your chances of survival in Russian roulette?           
In this irreverent and entertaining guide to mathematics, Lawrence Potter takes the fear out of everything from long division to percentages. Using fascinating puzzles and surprising examples, from M.C. Escher to Pascal, he shows us how math is connected with the world we encounter every day, from how the VAT works to why weather forecasts are wrong, from winning at Monopoly to improving your mental arithmetic. Along the way you’ll also discover who invented numbers, whether animals can count, and what nuns have to do with multiplication.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction, From Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between
by Lee Gutkind

From rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-alls to personal health sagas to literary journalism everyone seems to want to try their hand at creative nonfiction. Now, Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, taps into one of the fastest-growing genres with this new writing guide. Frank and to-the-point, with depth and clarity, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product.

The Little, Brown Handbook
by H. Ramsey Fowler, Jane E. Aaron

A bestseller since the first edition, The Little, Brown Handbook provides reliable and thorough coverage of handbook basics--the writing process, grammar and usage, research and documentation--while also giving detailed discussions of critical reading, academic writing, reading and writing arguments, writing in the disciplines, and public writing. Widely used by both experienced and inexperienced writers, The Little, Brown Handbook works as both a comprehensive classroom text and an accessible reference guide.

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Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and
by Cathy Johnson

Provides guidance in creating a meaningful art journal and includes exercises to help personalize a journal, writing and art prompts, and pages from international artists' journals.

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Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, From Pitch to Publication: Everything You Need to Know About Writing Novels, Non-fiction, New Media, Scripts, and Short Stories
by Jurgen Wolff

Featuring exercises, quotes and encouragement Your Writing Coach,2nd edition shows you how to hook readers and keep them engaged and offers powerful tips on how to stay motivated and how to transform the inner critic into a constructive guide to get past the dreaded writer's bloc. Finally, this book offers updated advice on marketing yourself and your work, on ‘getting started’ and on the tremendous opportunities offered by the new media.

Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching, and Publishing
editors, Carol Smallwood & Suzann Holland

Provides guidance and insight for women who write about family. Award winning women writers from all walks of life share their experiences in planning, composing, editing, publishing, teaching and promoting work in a variety of writing genres. Readers will learn to tackle sensitive family issues and avoid pitfalls in memoir writing, poetry, fiction, and others. Filled with tips, exercises, and anecdotes, this anthology is appropriate for both well-seasoned writers and those just beginning.

Write Better Essays in 20 Minutes a Day

Provides nineteen twenty-minute lessons to help build stronger essay writing skills for school and college entrance examinations, including tests that measure progress, information about each step of essay composition, and strategies for taking timed exams.

A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement
by Barbara Abercrombie

In this collection of anecdotes, lessons, quotes, and prompts, author and writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie provides a delightfully varied cornucopia of inspiration — nuts-and-bolts solutions, hand-holding commiseration, and epiphany-fueling insights from fellow writers, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners and Abercrombie’s students who have gone from paralyzed to published.


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