Author Lisa Scottoline's legal thrillers have been entertaining readers for the past 10 years. But when Scottoline wants to read a good book, she turns to librarian Nancy Pearl for recommendations. Scottoline has selected Pearl's "More Book Lust," for the "Today Book Club." Here's an excerpt:
I think the best books for groups to discuss are those in which the ending is deliberately ambiguous, so that every reader will have a different answer to the question “Well, what really did happen?” Or books in which the main character is faced with a difficult choice that resonates with readers no matter their age or race or ethnicity. Here are some that I’ve found work extremely well in generating heated discussion among book group participants.
Deborah Schupack’s "The Boy on the Bus," begins with every parent’s worst nightmare — the disappearance of your child. Only in this case, a boy who looks a lot like Meg’s eight-year-old son, Charlie, gets off the school bus at the end of the day. The problem is, he seems to be very different from the real Charlie in some definable ways (he doesn’t have asthma and Charlie did) and in some indefinable ways (Meg just knows it’s not her son). Many readers will no doubt wonder why the family doesn’t just do a DNA test to find out, but the questions the novel raises about identity are fascinating.