Monday, October 18, 2010

Disappearing Men

Okay, I'm willing to bet that nine out of ten book groups in our fair state, do not include male participants. The proportion of men may be higher in groups sponsored at public libraries, but among private groups, men are virtually absent.

This article, "Why Do Men Disappear When the Women's Book Club Shows Up?" by a writer from the Journal & Courier, a Lafayette, Indiana newspaper, does not really provide an explanation for the phenomena, but it is written from a male perspective.

Perhaps, though, men do not think that book discussion groups are for them since many discussions involve talking about "feelings." READS-TO-GO has a number of titles that appeal to men and don't necessarily involve feelings, but, are highly discussable none-the-less. Here are a few:

Bourdain, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Hosted by Hollis Social Library.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game. Hosted by Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson.

Kluger, Steve. Last Days of Summer. Hosted by Kelley Library, Salem.

Krakauer, Jon. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. Hosted by Wilmot Public Library.

Kurson, Robert. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II. Hosted by Lane Memorial Library, Hampton.

Larsson, Stieg. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Hosted by Hooksett Public Library.

McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. Hosted by Manchester City Library.

Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Hosted by Nesmith Library, Windham.

Ruiz Zafon, Carlos. Shadow of the Wind. Hosted by Hopkinton Town Library.

The RTG committee always welcomes suggestions of discussable recently published books for possible inclusion in future kits.



Steve said...

Found this list on the Toronto Men's Book Group website,
Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry
Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
The Big Short, Michael Lewis 

Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens
The Hanging of Angelique, Afua Cooper
Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem


Thanks, Steve! Does your library have a book group with male participants?

Mary C said...

Ours does--titles that the men liked as well as, if not better, than the women included Shadow Divers, P.D. James' Cover Her Face, Plainsong, and Out Stealing Horses.