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Book Groups Select "Best Ever"
Awards for Discussibles
November 2009
Chances to win free books;
Plus -- check out Barbara's new blog! It's just for reading groups and talks about all things discussible.
Hear from other groups why some books created their best discussions ever.
And see what book group titles that judges say are literary masterpieces.
All in this month's Reading Group Choices newsletter!

In This Issue
Spotlight on Two New Choices
National Bookstore Day
Indie List for Reading Groups
Cami Walker on Today
Judges' Discussible Choices
Your Best Discussions Ever!
Reading Group Choices 2010 Now Available!
Reading Group Blog
Spotlight on Two New Choices

The Lady Queen by Nancy GoldstoneNancy Goldstone, in The Lady Queen, takes us back to the turbulent and colorful Middle Ages, and with skill and passion, brings to life one of history's most remarkable women. In 1348, Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily, is accused and acquitted of the murder of her husband. Dedicated to the welfare of her subjects and realm, she brought about social change. But more than thirty years later, the turmoil of the times brought treachery and betrayal and Joanna, herself, was murdered.
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A Journal for Jordan by Dana CanedyIn 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King began to write a journal for his seven-month old son in case he did not make it home from the Iraq war. He was killed on October 12, 2006. Dana Canedy's A Journal for Jordan is a mother's letter to her son about the father he lost, a father's advice for his son, and a love story between two people who loved each other deeply. 
National Bookstore Day
National Bookstore Day
Reading Group Choices supports National Bookstore Day, a celebration of bookselling and the vibrant culture of bookstores on Saturday, November 7th. Supporting local, indie bookstores means that dollars, jobs, diversity, choice, and taxes stay local, creating strong, unique communities and happy citizens. Did you know that, on average, $68 of every $100 spent at an independent bookstore stays in your community? In contrast, only $43 of $100 spent at a national chain stays in your community. More of your taxes collected at independent bookstores are reinvested in your community. Indie owners are your friends and neighbors -- support them, and they will support you! 
Indie List for Reading Groups
Independent booksellers across the country joined in to pick the Fall 2009/Winter 2010 Indie Next List for Reading Groups.  "Beginning with an intriguing and well-rounded selection of top 10 titles and continuing through 10 discussion-starting categories, the latest Reading Group list showcases a wealth of outstanding books -- most in paperback -- and the wonderful insight and acumen of the Indie booksellers nationwide whose title nominations created the list," said Dan Cullen, the American Booksellers Association's senior director for editorial content. Sixteen Indie picks are Reading Group Choices' selections, including Mudbound, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Well and The Mine, Cost, The Scent of Sake, and Dear American Airlines.
Cami Walker on Today
29 Gifts by Cami WalkerCami Walker's 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life tells her story of  one "prescription" that changed her life after MS diagnosis. Meredith Vieira from the Today show chats with Cami about her giving cycle and explains how it altered her perception of her situation.
Judges' Discussible Choices
The Wilderness by Samantha HarveySamantha Harvey's The Wilderness has made the Guardian's First Book Award shortlist. The Wilderness has already won the Betty Trask award for first-time young Commonwealth novelists. Harvey was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize and longlisted for the Booker Prize with her poignant story about Jake Jameson, an architect whose memories are being lost because of Alzheimer's. The First Book Award recognizes the best new literary talent, whether working in the field of fiction or non-fiction. The winner will be announced next month. These five outstanding works explore personal and world issues, identity, a little bit of satire, and excellent writing -- perfect for a book group lively discussion! Five UK reading groups from Oxford, Leeds, London, Bath, and Edinburgh help choose the shortlist! We've come a long way, baby! 

Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga has been named a finalist among five other titles for this year's John Llewellyn Rhys Literary Prize, according to Shelf Awareness. The award recognizes the best work of literature, including fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction, by a U.K. or Commonwealth writer aged 35 or under. "This list is a fascinating display of the range and strength of contemporary writing by young writers," comments the chair of judges Louise Doughty.

A Mercy by Toni MorrisonThe International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist was announced this week. Libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world contribute in the unique nomination process for the Award. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year for the Award. The 156 authors come from 46 countries.  The books span 18 languages, 41 of which are translated from languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Icelandic, Serbian and Slovenian. Thirty-three are first novels. "These are books that might not otherwise come to the attention of Irish readers", says Deirdre Ellis-King, Dublin City Librarian. Indian writer Aravind Adigais emerged as the libraries' favorite with nine nominations for The White Tiger.  A Mercy by Toni Morrison, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry all received eight nominations. The Irish Times noted that the Impac can have a significant influence "by showcasing the best of international fiction in translation. The readers of the world's participating libraries have presented the judges with a magnificent list of world-class contenders." The shortlist will be announced April 12, 2010, and the winner will be named June 17, 2010. Library readers rule!
Your Best Discussions Ever!

Book DotsLast month we asked what books created the best discussions ever in your book groups, and wow, did you all ever tell us! We received so many responses that we will have to select several winners -- one per month for the next few months.  Click below to see many, but not all, of your responses -- more to come next month.

Congratulations to Lynne and The Beloved88 for winning the random drawing for this month's Discussible Book Choice!
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali"Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali generated one of the most amazing book discussions I've ever experienced.  It is the autobiography of an extraordinary Somali-born woman who went from childhood in a traditional Muslim Somali clan to refugee in Kenya and Saudi Arabia to asylum seeker in the Netherlands eventually becoming a member of the Dutch Parliament and an advocate for the rights of Muslim women in the West.  Fascinating and timely!"
Lynne, Beloved88, Seattle, WA

We enjoy hearing from book club members and sharing their choices with everyone. Please let us know about your group's discussible choices - you may win a book-related prize for every member of your reading group! 
More Discussible Choices

Reading Group Choices 2010 Now Available!
Reading Group Choices 2010: Selections for Lively Book Discussions is now available.
Reading Group Choices 2010The 2009 guide marks the 16th annual print edition, which once again includes reading recommendations of some of the publication industry's best authors. Reading Group Choices 2010: Selections for Lively Book Discussions includes over 75 new titles for recommended reading and book group discussion. Titles by such reading group favorite authors as Barbara Delinsky, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth Noble, Geraldine Brooks, and Dennis Lehane, as well as work from debut authors have been selected for inclusion. The guide also includes valuable resources available to reading groups and book clubs all over the world. 
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