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November 2010
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2010 Holiday Discussion Plans

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All this and more in the November issue of the Reading Group Choices Newsletter!

In This Issue
New Author Post in On the Bookcase
LIKE Free Books?
New Discussible Paperbacks
Colum McCann at Beverly Hills Literary Escape
Gift-Giving Ideas for Book Lovers
Music by the Book!
Your Own Discussible Choices
Reading Group Choices 2011 Has Arrived!
Your Holiday Gathering Plans
New Author Post in On the Bookcase
 

On The Bookcase Jillian Cantor, author of The Transformation of Things, asks the question, "Is the grass always greener on the other side?"


LIKE Free Books?

LIKE us on FacebookLike Reading Group Choices? Reading Group Choices likes you, and we will prove it! LIKE us in November (click on "LIKE" at the top of this email or the Facebook page) on the Reading Group Choices' Facebook page, leave a comment, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a "Box 'O Books" from our publishing partners. Tell your reading group friends. How easy is that?  

New Discussible Paperbacks
 

Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani continues the heartwarming and hilarious story of Valentine Roncalli, her family, her love life, and the Angelini Shoe Company. Valentine has a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity that takes her from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she unearths a long-buried family secret. Valentine finds herself torn between a past love that nurtured her and a new one that promises to sustain her, in this "dazzling" (USA Today) follow-up to Very Valentine.  "Brava, Valentine is laugh-out-loud funny...but it's also an unexpectedly poignant examination of the power and pull of family, faith and love," writes BookPage.

 

Hungry for Happiness by James VillasIn his new novel, Hungry for Happiness, James Villas serves up a story of friendship, Southern food, dreams, and determination. Loretta grew up in a family where lives are small and appetites are big, and where the cure for what ails you can usually be found in a plate of hot biscuits or a slice of rich pound cake. Until one day, Loretta realizes she's had enough--enough of her mama's sugarcoated putdowns, feeling unattractive, and being called "Bubbles" when she blows her saxophone at Ziggy's club. Loretta opts for weight loss surgery. As her size plummets, her horizons expand. Men look at her with desire instead of derision, and the catering business that was once a hobby begins to take off in earnest. But the closer she gets to attaining the life she's always dreamed of, the messier things become. Is happiness really found her first pair of skinny jeans? Moving, witty, and resolutely uplifting, here is a heroine as real as she is unforgettable, and a story that will resonate with every woman...fat, thin, and every size in between.

 

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Sample Loretta's Deviled Crab Cakes!

 

The Finkler Question by Howard JacobsonWinner of the 2010 Man Booker prize, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson tells a story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, aging, wisdom and humanity. Three old friends dine together and discuss the trials and tribulations of their and each other's lives. After dinner, when one of the three friends, Treslove, hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country as he walks home, he is attacked. After this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows Jacobson at his brilliant best. In its starred review, Library Journal writes, "The novel's underlying question is: Can you choose to be Jewish or can you choose not to be? This Man Booker Prize [winner] is as entertaining as it is provocative and will be essential reading for thoughtful readers on either side of the debate. Highly recommended."

 

 

Casting About by Terri DuLongIn this uplifting novel, Casting About, Terri DuLong welcomes readers to the lush Florida island of Cedar Key, where the vibrant shades of hibiscus and azaleas are the perfect backdrop to a colorful, quirky community. In the four years since Monica Brooks moved to Cedar Key, she's found a home, a husband, Adam, and now a business to love. But Monica's exciting plans are waylaid by unexpected news. Adam's ex-wife has been deemed an unfit mother, and custody of their eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam. Going straight from honeymoon to motherhood leaves the normally even-keeled Monica doubting herself at every turn. Even with the help of the friends and family, can the three forge a family? Even when more surprises are revealed?

 

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The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt reveals a young marine's return from war in the Middle East and the psychological effects it has on his family. Boaz was the star in high school and younger brother, Levi, has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero. When Boaz returns from the war, Levi knows his brother is not the same. Written as a YA book, The Things a Brother Knows will certainly appeal to adults, as well. The themes and emotions are so prevalent today.   In its' starred review, Kirkus Reviews writes, "The emotional journey is leavened with humor and a little romance, but it moves toward the conclusion with an inevitability that grabs and doesn't let go. Every character contributes and brings a point of view that adds to a fuller picture of the personal consequences of war without being simplistically pro or anti. Powerful."

 
Colum McCann in Beverly Hills
 

The Beverly Hills Literary Escape rounded out the weekend with An Evening with Colum McCann, recipient of the Medici Book Club Prize. Colum joined The Medici Foundation for an intimate dinner at the Montage Hotel. Then, at the Saban Theater, Julie Robinson (founder of Beverly Hills Literary Escape and Literary Affairs) and Colum had an engaging book discussion with over 200 book-club members attending. Colum is pictured signing his book, Let the Great World Spin, for Reading Group Choices' Barbara Drummond Mead. Colum had time for a quick drink with Julie and Barbara and then rushed off to the airport. The entire Escape was awesome!

 

Colum McCann Signing for Barbara Drummond Mead

Gift-Giving Ideas for Book Lovers
 

It is that time of year! Time to come up with creative gifts for all your book-loving friends!  Well, do we have some ideas for you!

 

Books as GiftsKeep your eyes peeled for a special edition of the Reading Group Choices Newsletter later this month. It will be filled with great gift-book ideas just in time for the holidays.

 

And if you are crafty, we have gift ideas for all your book-loving friends! Flavorwire showcased 10 DIY Projects for Your Old Books and observed: "While we're all for donating old, unwanted books, there are some volumes that we find it impossible to get rid of--whether for sentimental reasons or because they're just too cumbersome to carry. If your bookshelf is getting tight and you're feeling crafty, why not re-purpose a favorite read into something that you'll be able to use around the house?"

 

Of course, you could also give your book group friends a copy of Reading Group Choices! Visit the coupon below for a special offer.

 

Music by the Book!

Music by the Book!It seems Reading Group Choices' Music by the Book Feature has reached the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra! In a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article, Mark Kanny writes, "Since a good discussion depends on different points of view, the Pittsburgh Symphony Book Club has a built-in advantage. Its eight meetings during the 2010-11 season will explore historical novels, biographies and popular science about music, or related to it, with members of the orchestra sharing the musician's perspective." 

Your Own Discussible Choices
 
Book DotsCongratulations to Lynne and The Wallingford Irregulars for winning the random drawing for this month's Discussible Book Choice!
 

"Our group had an amazing discussion of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  We talked about war and religion, the practice of medicine in different cultural contexts, the experience of immigration and identity, the psychology of twins, many kinds of love, and so much more.  It is a book that I'm sure we'll refer back to time and again."

Lynne, The Wallingford Irregulars, 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!
 

 
Reading Group Choices 2011 Has Arrived!
 
Reading Group Choices 2011: Selections for Lively Book DiscussionsThe print edition, 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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Your Holiday Gathering Plans
Book Group Holiday Plans 

We know how you love to see the other reading groups' choices and ideas. And, we know that many groups use their December gathering to celebrate books and friendship and may not leave time to discuss a new book.

 

So, we'd like to hear about your holiday party! We'll post your answers in the December newsletter. Celebrate the joy of community and reading!

 

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