Tuesday, July 6, 2010

COWBOY & WILLS: BOOK CLUB RESOURCES AND BONUS ENTRIES

COWBOY & WILLS
BY MONICA HOLLOWAY
BOOK CLUB RESOURCES

ABOUT BOOK CLUBS:

Do you belong to a book club? Would you like to be in a book club or reading group but don't know how to start? I have been in a book club for the past 5 years and I enjoy it so much. I went to a "meeting" with a friend and had such a good time, I became an immediate "member". Ours is a group of women with some similar backgrounds, all connected in some way to education-teachers, guidance counselors, social workers-and one common interest to us all, we love to read! We are all ages from 33 to 62, some married or not, some with children or not, we do/don't have the same ideas and like the same things, and many different viewpoints on life, but again, we all share the love of reading a good book! COWBOY & WILLS is our choice for the upcoming month (although we really meet monthly, it can also stretch to 5 or 6 weeks depending on people's schedules and time of year). I thought it might be a good idea to combine my current giveaway with some Book Club Resources and Bonus Giveaway Entries!

BOOK CLUB TIPS:

Here are some ideas borrowed from Simon & Schuster to get you started on a book club, or if you have a book club, some resources to use.

Starting Your Own Reading Group

  • Ask people you know to help you organize the first meeting. Decide the ideal size for your group. Smaller groups (somewhere between four and ten) are great because they allow everyone a chance to participate, while larger groups (ten-plus) allow for greater diversity. You can also have special guest meetings where people invite friends or co-workers to join.
Mapping Out Meeting Logistics
  • Where will the group meet?
  • How often?
  • What time?
  • Are refreshments served?

Selecting Books

  • Identify what types of books you will read. Do you want to focus on specific topics or genres?
  • Decide how you will choose the books –discuss candidates and vote, host/hostess pick, members take turns, random drawings –all have their benefits and your group may try several methods before finding the right one.
  • Choose books that challenge the group and generate discussion. Books with additional resources such as reading group guides, publisher/author websites with author interviews, enhanced bios, blogs, etc. add new dimensions to the conversation.
Find out more about starting a book club by going to Simon & Schuster HERE and find out about:
  • Discussing Books

  • Set the guidelines for the discussions

  • Resources

This reading group guide for COWBOY & WILLS includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Monica Holloway. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. All of these things and more can be found HERE at Simon & Schuster's website. I have included SOME of the Discussion Questions for COWBOY & WILLS below.

1. Wills's diagnosis rocks his parents' world, even though they are almost expecting to hear the news. How do they deal with this startling realization? How is it complicated in the beginning by Michael living in Chicago? How does Monica deal with not only Wills's autism, but the fact that she feels that she is dealing with it alone?

2. From the start, Monica and Wills compensate for bad days and bad moods by visiting the pet store and taking home a new family member, even though it gets to the point where they can barely afford it. What do you think drives them to find comfort in small creatures? How does it help them cope? Why don't you think Monica can make herself stop?

3. Monica, Michael and those around them refer to Wills's exceptionalism and extraordinary talents, but yet these are also the qualities that define his autism. How do they reconcile these two extremes? How do Monica and Michael deal with things that are both a blessing and a curse?

4. The Prices, Monica especially, feel an urge to fit in, to belong—something that is increasingly difficult for them as Wills enters preschool and then kindergarten. Why is this so important to them? How does being perceived as "different" or an "outsider" make life more difficult for Monica and Wills? Do other parents have the same anxieties?

5. Michael and Monica's relationship is at times a struggle, and at times a saving grace. How can difficult life situations both strain and enhance a relationship? Has there been a time when a tragedy has affected a relationship of yours? How can stress test a relationship? And at the same time, how can stress bring two people closer?

The rest of the Discussion Questions can be found, as stated above, HERE at the Simon & Schuster website.

READ THE FIRST POST ALL ABOUT COWBOY & WILLS AND ENTER TO WIN ONE OF FOUR COPIES BY GOING HERE IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!
Ready for some BONUS ENTRIES to better YOUR chances of winning a copy of COWBOY & WILLS hopefully for your book club, or to help you get one started?
Here is what you need to do:


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO DARLENE AND MONICA,
I HAVE FOUR COPIES OF THIS WONDERFUL
MEMOIR, COWBOY & WILLS, TO GIVE
AWAY TO FOUR LUCKY WINNERS!



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33 comments:

Tina said...

I wonder how many people have joined a book club, but find it isn't what they expected.

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Tina said...

I belong to three book clubs - does that get me 3 entries? LOL

One is a seniors group -small but very focused on one book at a time. Members take turns choosing and we alternate one month fiction, next Non.

Another is a mystery book club where we choose an author, but can read anything by that author...lots of discussion about author style and growth through a series.

The last one is very literary, and very intense. Members are always prepared and ready to discuss lots of dynamics.

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Bookclubs are a great way to read a variety of books and meet and socialize. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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I am not a book club member but am interested in joining one day. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Margie said...

Book clubs give you a variety of viewpoints on the book. This would be interesting. Just wondering if it is difficult to come up with a list of books that everybody wants to read.
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I don't belong to a book club. I guess I like to pick my own books and read at my own pace. But I find the online discussions and reviews interesting.
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nfmgirl said...

I am not in a book club, but I am definitely interested in joining one!

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Pamela Keener said...

I like the various ways of picking books but would really like individual picks that are rotated thru the group members.
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Pamela Keener said...

I do not belong to a book club but would really like to be a member of a small intimate club.
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Anonymous said...

Hi! This sounds like a really good book to read with a book club or by yourself. :)

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gcpeach17 said...

I am amazed at how much can go into setting up a book club. There are many that I know who love to read but, I'm not sure we could find the time to get together and discuss the book at length.

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gcpeach17 said...

I guess you know from my previous comment that I do not belong to a book club, however, I am going to discuss the possibility of statring one with my friends and family members. I think it may be interesting to have the members take turns choosing a book. It will open up other venues to those who read one kind of book or read by author (which I do alot of).

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gcpeach17 said...

I have also entered the giveaway for The Eyes of Willie McGee. And, I would love to read this book, it sounds wonderful. Don't misunderstand me, what little I read gave me emotional goose bumps.

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rubynreba said...

I wonder how many people are unprepared when they come to a meeting and if there are people who try to monopolize the discussion.
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rubynreba said...

I don't belong to any book clubs. Right now I would rather pick the books I read on my own but some day I might enjoy belonging to one.
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