Lots of chances to win books and prizes!
A weekend escape with authors and your friends in the luxury of Beverly Hills!
New discussible choices in Reading Group Choices 2011!
All this and more in this month's issue of the Reading Group Choices Newsletter!
|Hot Off the Presses!|
We are so excited to announce that Reading Group Choices 2011: Selections for Lively Book Discussions
is now available! This is our 17th annual print edition, which once again includes reading recommendations of some of the publication industry's best authors. Reading Group Choices 2011
includes over 65 new titles for recommended reading and book group discussion. Titles by such reading group favorite authors as Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Syrie James, Barbara Kingsolver, Laura Lippman, Alexander McCall Smith, Anchee Min, and Ann Hood, 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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|Win a Free Copy of Your Next Book Group Selection|
From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil's Teeth
, The Wave
is an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently, scientists dismissed these stories. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea.
As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Susan Casey, also the new editor-in-chief of O, The Oprah Magazine
, follows this unique tribe of people as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100-foot wave. In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves. Enter for a chance to win a copy.
One of the lucky winners will also receive a Laird Hamilton combo pack-of his new book and a DVD on one of his movies!
From Kristina Riggle, author of Real Life and Liars
, comes The Life You've Imagined
. Four women, all with different issues and crises, face the decisions of their lifetimes in this stirring and unforgettable novel of love, loss, friendship, and family. Anna, Cami, Maeve, and Amy, former high-school friends, are forced to examine what happened to their high-school dreams, which are now at odds with their grown-up reality. Is this the life you imagined? Have you ever asked yourself "What if?" The Life You've Imagined
takes a provocative look at the choices we make-and the courage we must have to change.
In Daphne Kalotaya's debut novel, Russian Winter
, a mysterious jewel holds the key to a life-changing secret. When famed Russian ballerina, Nina Revskaya, decides to auction her remarkable jewelry collection, she believes she has finally drawn a curtain on her past. Instead, Nina finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed the course of her life half a century ago. Interweaving past and present, Stalin's Moscow and New England, the backstage tumult of the dance world and the transformative power of art, the novel captures the uncertainty and terror of individuals powerless to withstand the forces of history, while affirming that even in times of great strife, the human spirit reaches for beauty and grace, forgiveness and transcendence. Enter for a chance to win a copy Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
is a memoir of happiness, heartache, changes and new beginnings. Author Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend's new kittens. But Cleo, the runt of the litter, was irresistible, and she was delivered to the Brown's house several weeks later. Tragedy strikes the Brown family, and Cleo the rambunctious cat becomes the glue that holds the family together.
Beth Hoffman, New York Times
bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
writes, "A remarkable memoir...I realized that Helen Brown didn't break my heart at all-she opened it." Enter for a chance to win a copy
Barbara Kyle's The Queen's Captive
takes the reader back to England, 1554. In the wake of the failed Wyatt Rebellion, a vengeful Queen Mary has ordered all conspirators captured and executed. Among the imprisoned is her own sister, twenty-one-year-old Princess Elizabeth. Elizabeth longs to gain her liberty-and her sister's crown. The young princess has loyal allies in Honor and Richard Thornleigh and their son, Adam. But while Honor is willing to risk her own safety for her future queen, aiding in a new rebellion against the wrathful Mary will soon lead her to an impossible choice.
Riveting, masterfully written, and rich in intricate details, The Queen's Captive
brings one of history's most fascinating and treacherous periods to vibrant, passionate life. Enter for a chance to win a copy
In this sequel to Gone to Green
, Judy Pace Christie introduces us to Lois Barker's second year in Green. Scarcely has the year begun before Lois is wrung out. The former owners of The Green News-Item want it back. The mayor's dog bites her on the face. A series of fires threaten her. And while her friends blossom, Lois feels wilted. Although she finds fresh hopes turning stale in her second year in Green, in the midst of challenges and lessons, Lois's journey still explodes with possibilities!
Ane Mulligan, Editor of Novel Journey
, writes "Sometimes the sequel to good book leaves the reader disappointed. Not so with Goodness Gracious Green."
|Author Posts and More in On the Bookcase|
|The TZT Quiz|
Julia Stuart's The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise
is filled with gentle, whimsy, and charming characters. Which character of The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise
are you? Hebe Jones, the loyal friend; Mrs. Cook, the Jones' 181-year-old tortoise; Balthazar Jones, animal lover; or Reverend Septimus Drew, the Tower's lovelorn chaplain?
Find out in The TZT Quiz
|Our Wine Coach Tele-Speaks!|
Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach®, author of The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine, and wine guru for Reading Group Choices' Wine by the Book, invites you to a free wine teleseminar, Tuesday, September 7 at 7 pm EDT (6 pm CDT, 5pm MDT, 4 pm PDT) After the long weekend, kick back, open a bottle of wine, and listen and learn the dos and don'ts of wine tasting. Your personal wine-o-night!
Register to attend
|Great Group Reads|
October is National Reading Group Month! The National Reading Group Month Committee has announced the 2010 Great Group Reads Selections. These books will give groups plenty to discuss!
The 13 Great Groups Reads are: Blame
by Michelle Huneven, The Blessing of the Animals
by Katrina Kittle, Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship
by Cathie Beck, Eternal on the Water
by Joseph Monninger, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky
by Heidi W. Durrow, Little Bee
by Chris Cleave, The Lotus Eaters
by Tatjana Soli, Molly Fox's Birthday
by Deirdre Madden, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender, The Queen of Palmyra
by Minrose Gwin, Room
by Emma Donoghue, Safe from the Sea
by Peter Geye, and Up From the Blue
by Susan Henderson. Great book ideas for your 2011 reading list!
The National Reading Group Month
, an initiative of the Women's National Book Association, aims to foster the values reading groups encourage: camaraderie, enjoyment of shared reading, and appreciation of literature and reading as conduits for transmitting culture and advancing civic engagement.
|Your Own Discussible Choices|
Congratulations to Nonie and The Spenceola Book Group for winning the random drawing for this month's Discussible Book Choice!
"The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff. There was so much to discuss. The choices people have to make. The ramifications of WWII. How countries were different during that time in history. We had to some our own conclusions about characters in the book, because the author never stated them. Some called this the the best book we ever read."
Nonie, The Spenceola Book Group, Forest Hill, MD
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
|Accolades for Authors|
Acclaimed journalist and author of Pulitzer-Prize winner of March
, Geraldine Brooks won the $10,000 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the New York Times
reported. "We are delighted to be honoring a writer whose skill, imagination, and unique background allow her to create vivid characters whose stories help people understand the vital importance of fostering peace throughout the world," said Sharon Rab, founder of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
Three finalists have been selected for the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor
. The winner, who will receive $5,000 and a commemorative crystal plaque, will be named at a ceremony in New York City October 4. The shortlist includes a Reading Group Choices'
selection: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
by Rhoda Janzen (Holt): Judge Laurie Notaro said, "Rhoda made me laugh right out of the gate, first page. Atta girl! She's a skilled storyteller and mixes tragedy with gut-busting laughter like it was brownie mix from the box."
The other two finalist are Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo
by Jancee Dunn and How I Became a Famous Novelist
by Steve Hely. Zeitoun
by Dave Eggers was among more than a dozen winners of this year's American Book Awards, "given for literary works that cover 'the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community,'" the Associated Press reported (via USA Today
). Other winners included Sesshu Foster's World Ball Notebook and Victor Lavelle's The Big Machine
|Literature's Best-Dressed Characters|
Who is your best dressed character in literature? Visit Flavorwire
to see their choices!
Thanks for keeping the joy of reading alive,
|Literary Escape in Posh Beverly Hills|
Join us for a Weekend of Incredible Book Club Experiences!
An intersection of literary culture and entertainment, The Beverly Hills Literary Escape
brings together food, wine, and books, offering insider access to the country's most sought-after authors through experiences set amidst the luxury of Beverly Hills.
The Beverly Hills Literary Escape
will kick off on Friday, October 22
with a cocktail party and "Moveable Feast" with authors, live music, and a chance to sample the best of Beverly Hills cafes, restaurants, and shops. At the cocktail party, a special section will be devoted to Reading Group
authors to chat with book lovers and sign books. Reading Group Choices
will also have a special Book Club Lounge
open throughout the Literary Escape weekend with lots of extra perks for members of book clubs that attend.
Book Club Passes are now on pre-sale
for Reading Group Choices'
reading groups. Bring yourself or some friends, or all the members of your reading group. Any group of readers with a minimum of ten registered members qualify for a Book Group Discount of 15% off select ticket prices. Reading Group Choices
hopes to see you there along with confirmed authors Colum McCann, Joseph O'Neill, Abraham Verghese, Ethan Canin, Aimee Bender, Joyce Maynard, Gin Phillips, Dani Shapiro, Sylvia Boorstein, Karen Essex, Brando Skyhorse, Tatjana Soli, Thrity Umrigar, Heidi Durrow, Katie Arnoldi, Martha McPhee, and many more TBA.Don't just read a book, experience it...
at the first annual Beverly Hills Literary Escape October 22-24, 2010This is going to be the Literary Event of the year - you won't want to miss it!