Reading Group Choices Newsletter
National Reading Group Month!
How Will Your Group Celebrate?
October 2011
Greetings!

 

Reading Group Choices 2012 is here!

 

Plus creative thoughts from your favorite authors.  New Discussible Selections, and the 2011 picks from the National Reading Group Month Committee.

 

All in this month's edition of the Reading Group Choices Newsletter!


 

In This Issue
Thanks to Barbara's Friends
National Reading Group Month Is Here!
eBook Bonanza!
New Selections for Great Discussions
New Author Posts In On the Bookcase
Book Clubs Fight Domestic Violence
Book Club of the Month
Your Own Discussible Choices
Club Read Cancelled
Teen Book Clubs
Select Titles Now for the Months Ahead
Thanks to Barbara's Friends 
 

On The BookcaseThanks to all of Barbara's fans who wrote us at Reading Group Choices with offers of support and condolences on Barbara's passing. It means a great deal to us. If there truly is a "thin veil," Barbara is smiling broadly with all the praise you have expressed. 

 

National Reading Group Month Is Here!

 

National Reading Group Month"Great books - great people - great conversation!" That's how Barbara sometimes described reading groups. She was a firm believer that book groups brought people together through their conversations - even when they didn't agree about the book's message.

 

That's why she was so excited to celebrate National Reading Group Month each October. Designed to foster the growth of book groups and promote the love of literature, National Reading Group Month provides an opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future, which makes it the perfect time to join or start a group, pick your discussible titles for the year ahead, or just plain celebrate with a trip downtown to a film, a restaurant, or favorite haunt. Tell us what your group plans are for National Reading Group Month.

 

This month National Reading Group Month, an initiative of the Women's National Book Association, announces its 2011 "Great Group Reads" - twenty selections of discussible books for your group. Perhaps one of these will enhance your next discussion. 

 

See All Twenty Selections  

 

 eBook Bonanza!

 

eBook BonanzaIn celebration of National Reading Group Month, HarperCollins is offering twelve great e-books for your book club for just $2.99 each! Which means you can buy a year's worth of books for your book club for less than $36! Better still - each of these authors has been interviewed on Book Club Girl on Air about their book, so there's a built-in conversation with the author to listen to before or during your book club meeting! So go ahead, dive in and check out this book club dozen - and get more bang for your book club buck! Each e-book is availble for purchase at this special low price for the month of October only and can be purchased for your IPad, Kindle or Nook, or you can head over to IndieBound to buy from your favorite local bookseller via Google books!

 

See the twelve!

 

New Selections for Great Discussions
 

Little Black Dress by Susan McBrideIn Susan McBride's Little Black Dress, Antonia Ashton realizes her life has gone off track. Forced to return home to Blue Hills when her mother, Evie, suffers a massive stroke, Toni finds the old Victorian where she grew up as crammed full of secrets as it is with clutter. Now she must put her mother's house in order-and uncover long-buried truths about Evie and her aunt, Anna, who vanished fifty years earlier on the eve of her wedding. Sarah Addison Allen, the New York Times bestselling author of The Peach Keeper, says, "Written with touching insight into family relationships, Little Black Dress is a lovely and entertaining journey into the magical side of things."

 

Don't Sing at the Table by Adriana TrigianiAdriana Trigiani reveals, in Don't Sing at the Table, how her grandmothers' simple values have shaped her own life. She shares the experiences, humor, and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages. Trigiani visits the past to seek answers to the essential questions that define the challenges women face today at work and at home. Don't Sing at the Table is a primer, grandmother to granddaughter, filled with everyday wisdom and life lessons handed down with care and built to last.  Bookpage writes "No one ever reads just one of Trigiani's wonderfully quirky tales. Once you pick up the first, you are hooked." That quote may apply to many reading groups, too!

 

Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard Everything We Ever Wanted, by Sara Shepard, tells a story of how a recently widowed mother of two, Sylvie Bates-McAllister, finds her life upended by a late-night phone call. The call is from the headmaster of the prestigious private school, founded by her grandfather and where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott's involvement in a hazing scandal cause a ripple effect, throwing the entire family into chaos. For Charles, Sylvie's biological son, it dredges up a ghost from the past who is suddenly painfully present. For his wife Joanna, it forces her to reevaluate everything she's hoped for in the golden Bates-McAllisters. And for Scott, it illuminates harsh truths about a world he has never truly felt himself a part of. Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), says Everything We Ever Wanted is a "riveting, provocative and well-crafted family drama surprised and delivered at every turn. I could not put it down."

  

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth LevA rich evocation of the Renaissance, The Tigress of Forli, by Elizabeth Lev, reveals Caterina Riario Sforza as a brilliant and fearless ruler, and a tragic but unbowed figure. Raised in the court of Milan and wed at age ten to the pope's corrupt nephew, Caterina was ensnared in Italy's political intrigues early in life. After turbulent years in Rome's papal court, she moved to the Romagnol province of Forlė. Following her husband's assassination, she ruled Italy's crossroads with an iron will, martial strength, political savvy-and an icon's fashion sense. In finally losing her lands to the Borgia family, she put up a resistance that inspired all of Europe and set the stage for her progeny-including Cosimo de' Medici-to follow her example to greatness. Kirkus Review says The Tigress of Forli is "an inspiring tale of the courage and fortitude of an enigmatic and indomitable woman." 

 

New Author Posts in On the Bookcase 
 
Laura On the BookcaseHave you ever wished you had written down those delightful pearls that escaped a child's lips? Or tried to remember all the wonderful things about a person that is no longer with you? Katherine Anne Kindred (An Accidental Mother) offers some indispensible tips for preserving the special moments in your life.

Susanna Kearsley, author of The Rose Garden, shares that neither the reader nor the author always knows what will happen next in the novel. That's certainly true for the eight Sisters of the Traveling Computers, who are writing the progressive novel in On the Bookcase.  Stay tuned - the next installment is coming soon! We can't wait to find out what happens next to Maria, Mrs. Martin and all the others complicating their lives!

Shelley Shepard Gray (The Survivor) explains how she came to write Amish fiction.

Emily Arsenault (In Search of the Rose Notes) talks about her first "book club."

Book Clubs Fight Domestic Violence
 

According to the Elbert County News in Colorado, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and various events are held in its honor. One of these is sponsored by the Elbert County Sheriff's Office Victim's Assistance Program, in which local book clubs read and discuss Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen, a "story about a woman dealing with domestic violence during the early 1990s, the beginning of the domestic violence movement."

 

Maybe your book club would like to check out what domestic violence events are taking place in your community and see how you can incorporate something new into your book club to help the cause. 

 

Book Club of the Month

 

Happy 10th Anniversary to Denise and The Top Shelf Critics of Columbus, OH!  To celebrate, the group hired a limo and went out for drinks and dinner together.  Looks like it was a good time!

 

The Top Shelf Critics

 

Tell us about your group!

 

Your Own Discussible Choices
 

Congratulations to Lynn and Wine, Women and Books for winning the random drawing for this month's Discussible Book Choice!

 

Book Dots"All of our group enjoyed Olive Kitteridge, and usually a book that everyone likes does not make for good discussion.  This book went against that trend, mostly I think because Olive was such a strong personality and each person related to her differently.  For some who found her unlikable, they could relate her to someone they knew and looked for excuses for her behavior.  Others thought she was spirited and wished they had her kind of spark, even though misdirected at times.  The setting was interesting to most, as our members generally live in a large urban area.  I live in more of a small town, so could explain how a town like Olive's affects behavior and opinions of the residents.  Our discussion was wide ranging and interesting, but because most readers enjoyed the book, it was not polarizing or acrimonious."

Lynn, Wine, Women & Books, Clarkston, MI

 

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 

 

 

 

Club Read Cancelled
 

Club Read, the readers' retreat planned to bring booklovers together with authors, formerly scheduled for October 15th and 16th, has been cancelled. 

 

Teen Book Clubs 
 

It seems that reading for kids today isn't as much as a chore if it is done with a book club. In a Laurel Springs School (an accredited online private school) article Book club: modern and compelling, teenagers come together to discuss books just as any other book club would. The first book that the club members chose to read this year was Arranged Marriage by an On the Bookcase author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (author of One Amazing Thing)! This book club also plans to hold a read-a-thon for charity. Incorporating a charity into a book you are reading with your book club could be fun and rewarding for all members. 

 
Thanks for keeping the joy of reading alive,
 

 
Select Titles Now for the Months Ahead

 

Reading Group Choices 2012 

 

The brand-new 18th annual print edition of Reading Group Choices 2012 is here and ready for shipment to your group! We know that many groups pick the books they want to discuss months in advance to give everyone in the group an opportunity to read on their own time.  

 

The new edition is filled with 70 new discussible titles (some still to be released) from favorite book group authors as well as some debut releases. See what's new (or coming) from Lisa See, Marisa de los Santos, Cathy Lamb, Douglas Kennedy, Adrienne McDonnell, Shobhan Bantwal, and Marie Bostwick, and ponder the unique ideas of Adrienne Sharp, Evelyn Toynton and Marie Mutsuki Mockett. Get ready for your holiday planning gathering - order copies now for your whole book group! 

  

 
 
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