Reading Group Choices Newsletter
Authors Blog for Reading Groups
Beach Book Group Reads
June 2010
Library Lady Gaga and Lists.
Authors blog for reading groups.
Family issue discussions.
Interesting reading tidbids and reading group tips.
All this and more in this month's issue of the Reading Group Choices Newsletter!
In This Issue
Authors Post On the Bookcase
Families: THE Topic for Your Next Gathering?
Reading Around the World in Photos
Chinese Leader in Jane Austen Book Club
Give a Girlfriend a Book Day
From Your Book Group Colleagues
Your Own Discussible Choices
Reading Group Choices 2010 Now Available!
Summer Readin' is Rockin'
Authors Post On the Bookcase
On the Bookcase
On the Bookcase
Many authors are posting in On the Bookcase. Look around the blog and please comment - love to have a conversation with you!
Claire Cook (just released, Seven Year Switch), chats about reading groups and tips to reinvent yourself.
Hyatt Bass (The Embers) talks about the partnership between writer and reader.
Carrie Adams (The Godmother and The Stepmother) discusses the similarity of marriage and the new British political alliance.
Marjorie Hart (Summer at Tiffany) discovers how amazing book clubs are. Comment on Marjorie's post and enter a chance to win a "jeweled" key chain and her book.
Families: THE Topic for Your Next Gathering?
Six new paperback releases explore families and how they affect us.  Maybe you'll choose several of them to read and compare at your next book group get-together.
The Embers by Hyatt BassPublishers Weekly praises The Embers by Hyatt Bass as "a riveting narrative ... Bass's excavation of a complex familial labyrinth is an elegant testament to the beautiful mess that is family." The Aschers seem to have it all. Joe and Laura are the toast of New York, a wildly successful playwright and a wealthy, well-educated actress. Then one winter night, seventeen-year-old Thomas dies, and the Aschers lose everything. Ten years later, their daughter, Emily, is getting married, and the family must comes to terms with the guilt, the blame and past secrets that tore them apart. 
1-on-One with Hyatt Bass 
Hyatt Blogs about Writers & Readers 
Heart of Lies by M. L. MalcolmAn epic tale of intrigue, passion, and adventure, Heart of Lies by M. L. Malcolm heralds the arrival of a remarkable writer. Set in Europe, Shanghai, and New York before World War II and inspired by true events in the author's family's past, Heart of Lies tells the story of Leo Hoffman and his gift of languages that embroiled him in a international counterfeiting scheme. He must run with his lover, Martha, to Shanghai. Will Leo and everything he holds dear survive? Library Journal praises Heart of Lies as"a superbly crafted story, creatively capturing a slice of history with eloquence and realism." 
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes is the unforgettable story of the power of love to change everything. Jenny Lucas swore she'd never go home again. But life and illness has a way of upending even the best-laid plans. Now, years after she left, she and her five-year-old daughter must return to her sleepy North Carolina town to face the ghosts she left behind. Sometimes love demands the impossible! 
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda JanzenIt was bad enough that Rhoda's husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Rhoda returns to her quirky Mennonite family's home to pick up the pieces of her life. Written with wry humor and huge personality--and tackling faith, love, family, and aging--Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen is an immensely moving memoir of healing. 
Villa Mirabella by Peter PezzelliIn his acclaimed novels of Italian-American life, Peter Pezzelli explores themes of friendship, hope, and second chances. With Villa Mirabella, the author invites readers into the lives of an unforgettable family-and into the warmth of one very special bed and breakfast. After living and working in Los Angeles for three years, Jason returns home to Rhode Island to help run the family's bed and breakfast. Jason slowly begins to carve out a place for himself, rediscovering the people and places he was so eager to leave behind. Jason will learn that sometimes, you can go home again, and the answers found there may be the only ones you need. 
The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay AndrewsThe delightful New York Times bestselling author, Mary Kay Andrews, returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an old house . . . and her life. Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless after a political scandal in The Fixer Upper.  Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. What started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected-back home again.
Reading Around the World in Photos

Reading and Print are not dead! The LA Times captured photos (uploaded from Flickr) of book lovers reading, from around the world! Take a minute and take a peek. And, then, take a book and join the world of reading! 

Chinese Leader in Jane Austen Book Club

The Wall Street Journal reports a ranking Chinese leader likes Jane! Which one is the favorite?

Give a Girlfriend a Book Day
June 15 is National Give a Girlfriend a Book Day! A book is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give. Whether a classic, a favorite from your shelf, or a hot bestseller, when you give a girlfriend a book, you're being an AWESOME friend. Spread your joy of reading!
From Your Book Group Colleagues
TipsCongratulations to Melissa and The Sonoma Book Buddies for winning the random drawing for this month's Tips Drawing!
South of Broad by Pat Conroy"We invite our husbands to join us socially several times a year. The Men have started their own reading Group and meet for breakfast. In November, we will join them and discuss the same book. In July, we all meet for a picnic at our local Farmer's Market. Many members are out of town in July, so we do not select a book, just meet socially. I would really like to read South of Broad, for our selection in October."
Melissa, Sonoma Book Buddies, Sonoma, CA 
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Your Own Discussible Choices
Book DotsCongratulations to Karen and The CC Readers for winning the random drawing for this month's Discussible Book Choice!
"My Abandonment by Peter Rock was a great selection as it caused a long lively discussion.  What did the author mean?  Was that a deliberate question by the author or just a loose string?  Was she a foster child?  Was he her real father?  Were they sexually involved?  How did they get thru the CPS interview?  And what's really happened to them?  One of the best discussions we've had in a long time!"
Karen, The CC Readers, Poulsbo, WA

My Abandonment by Peter RockWe 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! 
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Reading Group Choices 2010 Now Available!
Reading Group Choices 2010: Selections for Lively Book Discussions is now available.
Reading Group Choices 2010The 2010 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, Marilynne Robinson, Mary Anne Shaffer & Annie Barrows, 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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Summer Readin' is Rockin'
Beach Reads
There are lots of "summer reads" lists -- but which one suits YOUR taste? 
Entertainment Weekly has cited 18 books you must read this summer, including some hot choices for your book group selections! 
The Wall Street Journal tells what the book world is betting on this summer. 
USA Today suggests titles worth reading in every genre
NPR discovers what some of the independent bookseller picks were for summer reading.
And The LA Times offers its list of 60 books for 92 days.
Will you be reading any of these on your vacation?
Reading Group Choices loves librarians. In fact, we think they rock! Some students and staff from the University of Washington Information School are actually rocking to the librarian's version of Lady Gaga's hit song. (If you are not a Lady Gaga fan, the video is still worth watching -- librarians just want to have fun!)
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