Book Club Kit: The Watchman

The Watchman (Joe Pike #1)
by Robert Crais
First Published: 2007
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Working as a bodyguard for a spoiled federal witness, Joe Pike hatches a desperate plan to disappear with the woman in the underworld of Los Angeles and turn on her would-be killers, an effort in which he enlists the help of private investigator Elvis Cole.

No reading guide?
LitLovers – Generic Discussion Questions for Fiction
ReadingGroupGuides – Mystery & Thriller Discussion Questions

January Magazine – “In Pike We Trust” by Anthony Rainone
Chicago Tribune – “Joe Pike Leads the Way in Crais’ The Watchman” by Colette Bancroft

Author’s Website:

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Book Club Kit: What the Dead Know

What the Dead Know
by Laura Lippman
First Published: 2007
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Interviewing a distressed and disoriented woman who has fled the scene of an accident, Baltimore County police department detective Kevin Infante is amazed when she claims to be the younger of a pair of sisters who were abducted thirty years earlier.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Info, Book Reviews, and Discussion Questions

The New York Times – “Book Review” by Janet Maslin
Entertainment Weekly – “Book Review” by Jennifer Reese

Author’s Website:

If you enjoyed What The Dead Know, try…

Book Club Kit: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
First Published: 2007
6 Copies & Reading Guide

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers — Includes Author Info, Book Reviews, and Discussion Questions

The New York Times — “My Year of Vegetables” by Corby Kummer
The Seattle Times — “Barbara Kingsolver Grows Her Own in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Lloyd McMichael
The Guardian (UK) — “Home Ground” by Kathryn Hughes
January Magazine  — “A Turkey for Your Thoughts” by Diane Leach

On the Web:
Book Website — Includes excerpts, an Index, a Tour of the Farm, and Recipes
The Big Read (Chicago-Area) — Guide includes Similar Reads and Discussion Questions

If you enjoyed Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, you might like…
The Omnivore’s Dilemma or In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
An Economist Gets Lunch by Tyler Cowen
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

Book Club Kit: Sarah’s Key

Tatiana de Rosnay - Sarah's KeySarah’s Key
by Tatiana De Rosnay
First Published: 2007
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Book Summary, Author Bio, Discussion Questions, and  Book Reviews

Publishers Weekly -“Book Review” Reviewed on 05/28/07
Jewish Literary Review – “Two Families, Linked by Death, and a Secret” by Steve Pollak
BlogCritics – “Book Review” by Emm

Author’s Website: (in French)

More about the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup:
The New York Times – “France Reflects on Its Role in Wartime Fate of Jews” by Scott Sayare
The Huffington Post – “Cecile Widerman Kaufer, Holocaust Survivor, Recounts 1942 Vel D’Hiv Roundup in Paris Stadium” by Tara Kelly
Radio France International – “France Commemorates Victims of Vel d’Hiv Roundup
Online Encylopedia of Mass ViolenceCase Study: The Vélodrome d’hiver Round-up: July 16 and 17, 1942

If you enjoyed Sarah’s Key, you might like…

Food Bonus! Check out The Book Club Cook Book for Sarah’s Key inspired recipes.

Book Club Kit: Step on a Crack

Step on a CrackStep on a Crack
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
First Published: 2007
5 Copies & Reading Guide

A former First Lady dies, and the world’s richest and most powerful figures gather for her funeral in New York City. When a ruthless madman hijacks the ceremony and threatens to turn the memorial service into a bloodbath, Detective Michael Bennett may be the only hope for ending the desperate stand-off.     

No Reading Guide?
Reading Group Guides – Basic questions to get your discussion started about any mystery.

Entertainment Weekly – “Book Review” by Jennifer Reese
Goodreads – Find out what other readers thought of Step on a Crack.

On the Web:
James Patterson’s Official Website –
The New York Times – “James Patterson, Inc” by Jonathan Mahler

More Michael Bennett:
Run for Your Life (#2)
Worst Case (#3)
Tick Tock (#4)

If you enjoyed Step on a Crack, you might like these:
Edge of Evil (Alison Reynolds #1) by J.A. Jance
Persuader (Book Club Kit) by Lee Child
Edge by Jeffery Deaver

Book Club Kit: Soul Patch

Soul Patch - A Moe Prager MysterySoul Patch (Moe Prager #4)
by Reed Farrel Coleman
First Published: 2007
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Ex-NYPD cop turned PI and entrepreneur Moe Prager is faced with a gut-wrenching case. The apparent suicide of his old friend and NYPD chief of detectives Larry McDonald forces Moe back onto the decaying Coney Island streets he patrolled when he was in uniform. But now, beneath the boardwalk and behind the rusted and crumbling rides of the midway, he finds a trail of death, betrayal, and corruption reaching back to 1972.

No Reading Guide?
Reading Group Guides – Try these questions for Mysterys & Thrillers.

January Magazine – “No Place Like Homicide” by Stephen Miller
Goodreads – Find out what fellow readers think on

On the Web:
Official Author Website –
Lesa’s Book CritiquesReed Farrel Coleman, Guest Blogger – writing about Moe Prager
Poisoned Pen – Six-part Interview with Reed Coleman

If you enjoyed Soul Patch, you might like:
The Closers (Book Club Kit) by Michael Connelly
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Tick Tock (Michael Bennett #4) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar #1) by Harlan Coben

Did your book club read Soul Patch? Make sure to tell us what you thought by leaving a comment below!

Book Club Kit: Shopaholic & Baby

Shopaholic & BabyShopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic #5)
by Sophie Kinsella
First Published: 2007
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Becky Bloomwood Brandon is pregnant! She couldn’t be more overjoyed, especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby. But when her must-have celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke’s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky’s perfect world starts to crumble.

Reading Guide: – Includes Discussion Questions
LitLovers – Generic Discussion Questions for Fiction

Review: – “Review” by Hillary Wagy
Goodreads – Find out what others think over at Goodreads.

On the Web:
Sophie Kinsella’s Official Website –
Like Sophie Kinsella on Facebook.
Sophie Kinsella on Shopaholic and Baby –

More from Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeleine Wickham):
Remember Me?
The Wedding Girl
(writing as Madeleine Wickham)
Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic #6)

If you enjoyed Shopaholic & Baby, you might like:
Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes
The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer

Book Club Kit: The Shack

The ShackThe Shack
by William P. Young
First Published: 2007
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Mackenzie Allen Phillips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews and Articles:
USA Today – “Shack Opens Doors, But Critics Call Book ‘Scripturally Incorrect'” by Cathy Lynn Grossman
The New York Times – “Christian Novel is Surprise Best Seller” by Motoko Rich – “Book Review: The Shack” by Tim Challies

On the Web:
Author’s Website –
Book Website –

Paul Young on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos (Canada)

If you enjoyed The Shack, you might like:
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Book Club Kit: Unwind

by Neal Shusterman
First Published: 2007
8 Copies & Reading Guide

Connor’s parents want to be rid of him because he’s a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev’s unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family’s strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can’t be harmed — but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

Reading Guide:
Simon & Schuster – Includes Discussion Topics, Activities, and Character Descriptions

The New York Times – “Young and In the Way” by Ned Vizzini
Common Sense Media – “Book Review” by Matt Berman – “Review” by Norah Piehl

On the Web:
Neal Shusterman’s Website –
Coming Soon! Check out the Unwind Movie Website
Follow Neal on Twitter: @NealShusterman 
Or if you’re not into tweeting – Like Neal on Facebook.
Find fanmade book trailers and watch an unofficial Unwind Movie Trailer (below) on Youtube:

If you liked Unwind, you might enjoy:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Ugliesby Scott Westerfeld
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book Club Kit: Still Alice

Still AliceStill Alice
by Lisa Genova
First Published: 2007
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away. (from NoveList)

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Information about the Author, Reviews, and Discussion Questions

The Boston Globe – “Despite Monster, She Is Still Alice” by Beverly Beckham
BookPage – “When Your Mind is Your Enemy” by Carla Jean Whitley

On the Web:
Official Book Website –
Still Alice Blog –

Lisa Genova talks about Still Alice & Alzheimer’s Disease:

If you liked Still Alice, you might like:
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Ordinary People by Judith Guest

Have you read Still Alice? Let us know what you thought!