You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

What will famous authors reveal this week at the Palm Beach Book Festival


What makes a good book-club book?

What kind of story makes women want to set down their wine and seven-layer dip to chew on character development and plot progression and maybe shed a tear or two?

Kathy Patterson of Palm Beach Gardens loves her group of 12 book-clubbers because each chooses books to reflect her personality.

“I love mysteries, some of them like more philosophical books, or books about women,” Patterson says.

Of course, the best book is one that takes them from sharing what’s on the page to sharing their own personal stories.

“A book club is as much about the camaraderie and friendship as the book,” says Patterson, whose favorite selection has been The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, an intrigue-filled story set in World War II.

Author Jacquelyn Mitchard knows something about book clubs. Her first book, The Deep End of the Ocean, was Oprah Winfrey’s first pick for her book club in 1996.

In a short video to promote her new book, Two If By Sea, Mitchard names four key elements that make a good book-club book: An international setting, a male hero who is sympathetic but not wimpy, a child in jeopardy, and sinister forces that can only be overcome by enormous acts of courage.

Two If By Sea happens to have all those elements, she says, in the Simon & Schuster video.

Mitchard will be at the Palm Beach Book Festival on Friday, discussing how women’s fiction has evolved from her early days as Oprah’s chosen author to today.

The editor who helps choose Oprah’s books, Leigh Haber, will appear at the Palm Beach Book Festival on Saturday. She’s moderating a panel about Southern fiction, with authors Kathleen Grissom and Margaret Bradham Thornton.

Grissom’s book The Kitchen House was such a hit with book-clubbers that her publisher, Simon & Schuster, has a special guide — “Everything you need to host the perfect book club meeting” — for the sequel, Glory Over Everything, which comes out today.

She wrote the sequel because fans of her 2010 The Kitchen House became so connected to the characters, she kept being asked, “what happens next?”

Glory Over Everything continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, who passes for white and has a “deadly secret that compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.”

“Any success of The Kitchen House is directly related to the many book clubs that have read and then championed it,” Grissom said. “That, alone, is reason enough for me to love them, but there is more. When speaking to book clubs, I am given the opportunity to discuss the beloved characters from The Kitchen House, something I never tire of. Indeed, many book club members appear to care for them as much as I do. You can imagine how that warms my heart.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community

Five top things to do on Saturday
Five top things to do on Saturday

1. ON A BOAT Palm Beach International Boat Show, West Palm Beach Waterfront One of the top five boat shows in the country, the event will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. The show, now in its 32nd year, will also feature seminars, kids fishing clinics, live music...
To Do List: Drumline at PBSC; Linda Lavin live; yoga and brew
To Do List: Drumline at PBSC; Linda Lavin live; yoga and brew

1. NOT SAD, NOT SHY Linda Lavin “My First Farewell Concert,” Crest Theatre at Old School Square This Tony Award-winning actress and singer’s new show features some of her best-known songs and stories. In addition to the stage she played the title character on the hit show “Alice.” The shows are 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday...
PAINT THE TOWN!
PAINT THE TOWN!

If you want to understand Lake Worth in 15 minutes, stop by the Lake Worth Art League. Never heard of it, you say? Neither had I — and I grew up in Lake Worth and still live there. I stopped by the league in its corner shop at 604 Lucerne Ave. the other day, and now I get it: The Lake Worth Art League is like Lake Worth itself, and you need to...
COTTAGE LIFE

Lake Worth’s cottages — painted in whimsical colors and draped by a canopy of trees — are not only its gems but also a key part of its history. By “cottage,” we mean a house, usually set on a 25-foot lot, narrower than standard, with one or two bedrooms and a crawl space below. More than 1,000 historic cottages dot the...
What von Willebrand disease means for your dog

Question: I am looking for a new dog, and I want a Doberman pinscher. I have contacted several breeders, and I fell in love with a really sweet female that is almost 1 year old. She is less expensive than the other puppies that I found for sale. The breeder said it is because she has von Willebrand disease (VWD). I know the disease has to do with bleeding...
More Stories