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Same Ground Book Club Guide

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Are you part of a book club or looking to start one? Same Ground by Russell Wangersky makes a great book club pick! A personal tale of parallel journeys separated by almost two centuries — by car, in Wangersky’s case, and on mule and foot in the case of his great-great-grandfather William Castle Dodge. Book Club Questions  Same Ground is many things — a modern-day odyssey looking for roots and belonging, a portrait of contemporary heartland America, a quintessential North American road trip. Did one aspect resonate with you most? If so, which one and why? Have you ever taken a crazy...

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My Road from Damascus Book Club Guide

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Are you part of a book club or looking to start one? My Road from Damascus by Jamal Saeed makes a great book club pick! Humorous, witty, horrific, and poetic, Jamal Saeed’s story is Syria’s story: surviving 12 years in brutal military prisons, an enchanted childhood, his loves, Syria’s deadly upheavals, and his family’s escape.  Book Club Questions My Road from Damascus suggests that a writer may move freely within the space of their life rather than along a chronologically arranged line of experiences, creating scenes in which childhood and old age are juxtaposed. We can say the same about sorrows, joys, despair, and...

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Help! I’m Alive Book Club Guide

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Are you part of a book club or looking to start one? Help! I’m Alive by Gurjinder Basran makes a great book club pick! When a teen dies, four people are left spinning, each trying to deal with their grief and face the dissatisfactions of their lives. Fresh, insightful, and propulsive, Help! I’m Alive sensitively and authentically explores the challenges of death . . . and of living on. Book Club Questions Why do you think the author chose to have multiple narrators? How did that change your reading experience? How did the story change by including an adult voice along with...

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What Is Written on the Tongue Book Club Guide

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Are you part of a book club or looking to start one? What Is Written on the Tongue by Anne Lazurko makes a great book club pick! Released from Nazi forced labor as World War II ends, 20-year-old Sam is quickly drafted and sent to the island of Java to help regain control of the colony. But the Indonesian independence movement is far ahead of the Dutch, and Sam is thrown into a guerilla war, his loyalties challenged when his squad commits atrocities reminiscent of those he suffered at the hands of the Nazis. Sam falls in love with both Sari...

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The Call of the Rift: Crest Book Club Guide

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Are you part of a book club or are you looking to start one? The Call of the Rift: Crest by Jae Waller makes a great book club pick! Kateiko is back in the third installment of the alternative high historical fantasy Call of the Rift series. Before Flight, in another world beyond the veil, Kateiko must leave her family to salvage a life she once desperately wanted, or stay with them and build a new life with those she swore to protect. Book Club Questions In the early chapters, Kateiko feels “spiritually defective” for not having attuned yet. How does her sense...

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