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Nancy Pearl's "Under the Radar"
Author blog Posts
August 2010
Greetings!
Book groups experiment with audiobooks.
New selections with lots to discuss.
Picture a book changing lives.
Nancy Pearl's "Under the Radar."
Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert.
15 biggest bestsellers ever.

All this and more in this month's issue of the Reading Group Choices Newsletter!
In This Issue
New Selections with Lots to Talk About
Author Posts in On the Bookcase
Nancy Pearl's "Under the Radar"
Picture a Book Changing Lives
Eat Pray Love on the Screen!
Man Booker Longlist
The 15 Biggest Bestsellers EVER
Your Own Discussible Choices
Reading Group Choices 2010 Still Available!
Listen Up! Book Clubs
New Selections with Lots to Talk About
 
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia StuartBrimming with charm and whimsy, The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise is an exquisite novel set in the Tower of London. This is the story of one of the Beefeaters, also known as the Yeoman Warders, who not only guard the Tower in the service of Her Royal Majesty but are also obligated to actually live within its walls. Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delightful novels of Alexander McCall Smith and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly original novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

 
Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise HildrethWhen Riley Sinclair stepped into her new job as director of guest relations at a posh resort on Paradise Island, she felt the final pieces of her once-broken life coming together. But the waters become choppy in Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise Hildreth when Riley discovers that some who come to the Atlantis Hotel are accompanied by paralyzing secrets and overwhelming fears. Riley and three guests are in desperate - but  unknowing - need of each other. With a hurricane headed straight for the island, together they embark on a journey of laughter, heartache, and healing. 
 
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Such a Pretty Face by Cathy LambIn Such a Pretty Face,a warm, funny, thoroughly candid novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb (Henry's Sisters) introduces an unforgettable heroine who's half the woman she used to be, and about to find herself for the first time. Two years and 170 pounds ago, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life. Since that day, a new Stevie has emerged, one who walks without wheezing, plants a garden for self-therapy, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. At thirty-five, Stevie is the one thing she never thought she'd be: thin. By far the biggest challenge in Stevie's new life lies in figuring out how to define her new self. 
 
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The Clouds Beneath the Sun by Mackenzie FordAn exotic setting and a passionate, forbidden affair make The Clouds Beneath the Sun by Mackenzie Ford an irresistible page-turner that is sure to satisfy readers looking for an intelligent blend of history, romance, and intrigue. Ford (Gifts of War) takes us to Kenya in 1961. As a small plane carrying Natalie Nelson lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, Natalie knows she's run just about as far as she can from home. Trained as an archeologist, she accepted an invitation to be included in a famous excavating team, her first opportunity to escape England and the painful memories of her past. 
 
Dracula, My Love by Syrie JamesMany have read and loved Bram Stoker's Dracula. But questions remain. What is the true story of Dracula's origin? What if Mina could not bring herself to record the secret story of their scandalous affair-until now? Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker by Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte) is a vibrant dramatization, told from Mina's point of view. The book brings to life crucial parts of Stoker's story while showcasing Mina's sexual awakening and evolution as a woman, revealing a secret that could destroy her life. Torn between two men-a loving husband and a dangerous lover-Mina struggles to hang on to the deep love she's found within her marriage, even as she is inexorably drawn to Dracula himself-the vampire that everyone she knows is determined to destroy. 
 
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Author Posts in On the Bookcase
 
On the BookcaseMichelle Hoover, author of The Quickening, thinks Q &A sessions are "an absolute kick in the pants!" 
 
Mitchell James Kaplan, author of By Fire, By Water, is on a "voyage of discovery." 
 
Cathy Lamb, author of Such a Pretty Face, builds a "literary house." 
 
Eloisa James, author of A Kiss At Midnight, grew up on a "steady diet of fairy tales."
Nancy Pearl's "Under the Radar"
 
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John MandelNancy Pearl, (Librarian Extraordinaire), announced her "Under the Radar" titles last week in an NPR article. One "hidden treasure" is a Reading Group Choices' selection, Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. Pearl writes about Last Night in Montreal, "Each of the characters-major and minor-is wholly alive, three-dimensional in all their complexity, bad choices, general quirkiness and flawed decisions. ... Last Night in Montreal is about love, loss, obsession and how we never quite escape the past." These are all excellent reading-group conversation topics!
Picture a Book Changing Lives
 
Picture a Book Changing LivesPenguin Group's Riverhead Trade Paperbacks is launching the Picture a Book Changing Lives campaign to raise money for the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which was founded by the author to aid the people of Afghanistan. The Foundation supports projects that provide shelter to refugee families and economic and educational opportunities for women and children.

Under the Picture a Book Changing Lives campaign, people may submit one or two still photos of themselves reading or holding a copy of Hosseini's The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns. For each such photo uploaded to the Picture a Book Changing Lives webpage, Riverhead is donating $2 to the Foundation, up to $25,000. The campaign runs through August 31.
Eat Pray Love on the Screen!
Eat Pray Love - The MovieThe movie, Eat Pray Love, based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert and directed by Ryan Murphy, will be in theatres August 13th. Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self. Eat Pray Love proves that there really is more than one way to let yourself go and see the world.
 
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Man Booker Longlist

The Man Booker Longlist has been announced. The Omnivore blog has what the critics think about all 13 titles in one spot, making it easier to select the ones you wish to read. Which ones will you choose?
The 15 Biggest Bestsellers EVER
 
BibleThe Huffington Post reports that The Bible is the biggest bestseller in history. But after that, what else has topped the charts? You might be surprised!
Your Own Discussible Choices
 
Book DotsCongratulations to Tula and The Kennedy Primary Reading Group for winning the random drawing for this month's Discussible Book Choice!
 
"Home Repair was our latest book club read. It had depth. It was funny at times and made you laugh aloud. Yet was sad and serious too. This story actually hit home for a fellow book lover. No, her husband didn't walk out on her during their garage sale but the discord was the same. It actually brought some things into the open for all of us. Wonderful read."
Tula, The Kennedy Primary Reading Group, Abilene, KS

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 Still 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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Listen Up! Book Clubs
Listen Up! Book Clubs
 
Wow! Thanks so much for your overwhelming response and interest in the June is Audiobook Month experiment. Macmillan Audio selected over 45 groups to win and listen to an audiobook for their June or July meeting. The top title picked was Hilary Mantel's novel Wolf Hall, with a four-way tie for runner-up: The Last Child by John Hart, Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas, Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin (read by actress Cynthia Nixon), and Fireworks over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff, who spoke by Skype and telephone with several groups.

Groups reported that the experiment revised their view of book club reading, leading them to decide that it's OK if members want to listen instead of read. "I wouldn't say they were 'cheating' anymore," said Teresa of The Neighborhood Women's Group in Kansas City. 

Kelly of The New & Amazing Women's Book Club in Littleton, Colorado, said this was the first time in the group's decade-long history that the conversation centered on an audiobook and not a printed edition. "It was fun to talk about how hearing a story is different," Kelly remarked. 

Maybe your group would like to experiment with audiobooks! 
 
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