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Book Club Inception Books


A cookies and cream flavored Oreo cookie, or Oreo flavored Oreo, prompted #oreoception, the name inspired by the feature film Inception. What about book club books about book clubs? Or books that mention what books the characters are reading? Is that #bookclubception, or just meta, or a mise en abyme? I'm not sure. The following are some books about book clubs, some even referencing the books the characters themselves are reading.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons by Lorna Landvik
A motley group of women from different backgrounds continue to meet through the years and come to be known as AHEB, a name they like because of associations with Captain Ahab from Moby Dick.

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
The focus of this book club for these six Californians is clearly the works of Jane Austen, but the works resonate in their own lives.

The Group by Mary McCarthy
This novel doesn't fit the theme of this post, but it is one of the chapters in Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, and a great read in itself.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Written by a librarian and finished by her niece after her death, this book has an epistolary style and would make a great book club selection.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Not about book clubs, but a popular book club pick that has a self-referential list of books in the appendix (list of "Books Burned on the PCT").

Goodreads list of Books About Books

Take a look at the Book Discussion Groups at your neighborhood library!

There are also recommendations for those who enjoyed the movie Inception. While Inception is not based on a book, many recommend Philip K. Dick, especially Ubik. Here's a list of other suggestions, including the animated film for adults, Paprika.


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This is BRILLIANT! It also makes me think of books about libraries and bookstores, like "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikery"...

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