BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
by Eileen Goudge
THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK
by Kat Martin
WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS
by Barbara Delinsky
by Lynne Hinton
As you're selecting this year's books for your club, check out our new reading suggestions from groups around the country. We also asked several book stores to weigh in with their top book club picks for the fall, so you'll have the scoop on what to read with your group.
Wondering what to serve at your next meeting? Check out our latest Author Recipes for dishes that connect with their books, such as Jacquelyn Michard's easy and delicious Next Day Rice Pudding to pair with her novel No Time to Wave Goodbye. Or, to spark your own culinary creativity, see how book clubs around the country have paired books and food on our Novel Noshes page.
New authors have joined our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program and we bring you the latest releases from the authors in our directory.
Remember to enter our Book Club Buzz contests to win
Lisa Tucker's The Promised World and Jacquelyn Mitchard's
No Time to Wave Goodbye.
Happy Reading and Bon Appétit!
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Co-authors of The Book Club Cookbook
and The Kids' Book Club Book
BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs
Love Books of Raytown, Missouri, recommends:
Diving Bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Vintage, 2007),
Memoir, 144 pages
suffered a stroke and was left completely paralyzed with only the capability of
sight, thought and the ability to blink his left eye. He existed in a 'living hell' - alert and cognizant though
paralyzed and trapped, locked in his mind without the ability to communicate
his thoughts, feelings, needs, or condition to anyone. He dictated this memoir
by blinking to transcriber Claude as she recorded each letter of each word in each sentence
in this book.
testimony to the human spirit, it's uplifting to think that this incredible man
overcame his imprisonment in his mind to tell us all that he was still
'there'. We discussed 'Locked in
syndrome' - what it is and how it would feel to have it; other recent
books that feature characters in
comas (Joy Fielding's Still Life and Michael Palmer's Second Opinion were the two we
compared); if our loved ones would take care of us in this situation and how it
would affect them; and the differences between high tech American
medicine/rehab and what was depicted in
France, such as open windows in hospitals."
More Book Recommendations
by Kate Furnivall
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza
Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness
at the Fair that Changed
America by Erik Larson
Last Child by John Hart
BOOK STORES RECOMMEND
Suggestions from Book Stores
Across the Country
Which titles are book stores recommending this fall? Some of our favorite establishments share their latest book club suggestions. All titles are available in paperback.
Newtonville Books of Newton, Massachusetts, recommends:
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost
African Childhood by Helene Cooper (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
Cooper, a White House correspondent for the New York Times, grew up in luxury and privilege in Liberia, a direct descendant on both sides of her family from the American black freeman who founded her country. Yet even this halcyon lifestyle could not shelter her from calamity. In fact, it is because of her family's prestige that the Coopers are brutally attacked and they must leave Liberia and move to Knoxville, Tennessee and start over. This memoir is funny, touching, tragic, and enthralling all the way to the last page.
More Recommendations from Newtonville Books
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living by Michael Dahlie
Alameda Books, Inc. of Alameda, California, recommends:
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
(Delta/Random House, 2008)
Set in the 12th century during the years of the Black Death, Maitland pulls you into the stories of her mysterious cast of nine characters who end up traveling together in an attempt to flee their fate. Guaranteed to spark discussion about how we lie to ourselves as much as we lie to others.
More Recommendations from Alameda Books, Inc
America America by Ethan Canin
Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun
News for Kids' Book Clubs
This month, we're excited to announce the launch of KidsBuzz, a bimonthly e-newsletter for youth book club facilitators featuring book giveaways and behind-the-scenes stories from top kids' and young adult authors. You can read it online, and also sign up to receive future editions of KidsBuzz.
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL READING GROUP MONTH
Events Planned in Ten Cities
Women's National Book Association launches its third National Reading
Group Month this October. Designed to promote reading groups and to
celebrate the joys of reading, the organization is collaborating with
readers, publishers, bookstores, libraries and organizations to sponsor
events featuring favorite book club authors nationwide.
will include events with a host of favorite book club authors. These will take
place across the nation in each of the Association's ten chapter cities:
Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco,
Washington, D.C., Seattle, and the newly formed Charlotte, North Carolina
chapter. We look forward to participating in the Boston event on October 22.
For information on National Reading Group Month events around the country visit the National Reading Group Month website.