Best Reading Group Picks for 2012, Bar None


Great Group Read Selections 2012 list of powerful books was just released, and I am thrilled to share it with you.  As past president of Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter,  I’ve had a hand in the selections, as well as helping to foster awareness of our annual signature event, National Reading Group Month, to be held this year on October 6th from 2-4 p.m. at Books Inc, Opera Plaza, San Francisco.  And we’re showcasing two of the authors whose books made the list:

Anita Amirrezvani, Equal of the Sun. From the author of the internationally bestselling The Blood of Flowers comes a compulsively readable and gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, intrigue, and love in the royal court of sixteenth-century Iran. Simon & Schuster, Release: June 5, 2012. Selected for 2012 Great Group Reads. I wrote a short review of Anita Amirrezvani’s Equal of the Sun, which you can read by clicking on the title.

Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist. A debut novel, Amanda Coplin skillfully illuminates life in the early twentieth-century Pacific Northwest, deftly blending tenderness and violence in a quiet, yet deeply moving story. HarperCollins, Release: August 21, 2012. Selected for 2012 Great Group Reads.

Having been transported by both of these books into worlds heretofore unknown to me, I say, “Read them!”  You’ll find  Jan-Philipp Sendker’s The Art of Hearing Heartbeats was also chosen. I posted a short review of this novel on my blog last June, since the TellTale Souls who are writing the Mother Memoir also want to be transported to people and places to look for the secrets of spirit they more clearly want to understand.

The following two paragraphs, quoted from Women’s National Book Association website, are brief descriptions about Great Group Reads and National Reading Group Month:


National Reading Group Month (NRGM) is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women’s roles in the community of the book. NRGM augments the WNBA’s mission to promote the value of books and reading. Through this initiative the organization aims to foster the values reading groups encourage: camaraderie, enjoyment of shared reading, and appreciation of literature and reading as conduits for transmitting culture and advancing civic engagement.


Great Group Reads 2012 titles are selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups for whom they are bound to open up lively conversations about a host of timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal relationships to major cultural and world issues. The 23-member Committee also makes a conscious decision to focus its attention on under-represented gems from small presses and lesser-known mid-list releases from larger houses. All are books with strong narratives peopled by fully realized characters; books which perhaps have flown under the radar of reviewers and reading groups overwhelmed by the sheer number of new releases each year.

Now, for pure reading enjoyment over the coming months, click this link to Great Group Reads Sections 2012.

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