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R4R @ Rutgers: Reading for Recovery

R4R is a resource geared towards those interested in the use of bibliotherapy, i. e., guided reading, for substance use problems. It was created at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library in 2015-2016 with the help of an ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant.

Download & Share: Starter Kit Samples from Publishers and More

Publishers often provide these guides on their web sites. A few examples:







The Glass Castle
by Jeanette Walsh
(from Simon and Schuster)

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Smashed. Story of
a Drunken Girlhood

By Koren Zailckas
(from Penguin Random House)

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A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
(from LitLovers)

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Dry. A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs
(from MacMillan)

Options and Variations: One Book, Many Guides

A few ideas, from various sources, to discuss the same book:
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Download & Share

In addition to the basic bibliographic information on a book (author, title, publisher, year of publishing, and ISBN), Guides to Reading Groups usually contain the following:

  • a summary of the book and/or a review;
  • suggested questions and/or topics for discussion;
  • some information about the author;
  • other titles written by the same author.

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