Reading Group Choices Newsletter
Book Club Gifts 
To Your Friends, To Your Community  December 2011 


It's the holiday book club gathering! Want to bring a gift to the hostess? Want to give everyone a small gift? Or maybe your group wants to give to others. Whatever your choice, there's an idea for you in this month's Reading Group Choices Newsletter!  


In This Issue
Movie Tie-Ins
Classic Anniversary Editions
A Book & A Film
Next Month's Discussible Choice
Penguin Classic Thread Editions
Book-Related Gems
Book Club Gift to Toys for Tots
Reading Group Choices Selections
Book Club Gifts
Gift Idea #1: Movie-Tie-Ins

Reading a book and then seeing it as a movie is one of America's favorite pastimes. So instead of just giving a book or just a DVD, why not give both? Many of Reading Group Choice's selections have been major motion pictures, including:
DVD & Book Gift Idea
Mao's Last Dancer
The Secret Life of Bees
The Help
The Kite Runner
Eat, Pray, Love
Water for Elephants

Combine the book and DVD into one gift and your friend will be able to read the book and then compare it to the movie easily. You could even make it an activity for both of you -- or your whole book group -- by reading, watching and discussing!

Gift Idea #2: Classic Anniversary Editions 

Three literary favorites are celebrating anniversaries this year!

The Secret Life of Bees 10th-Anniversary Edition features a stamped paper-over-board slipcase containing a matching deluxe paperback and includes a new introduction by Sue Monk Kidd.

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 50th Anniversary Edition is a new deluxe hardcover edition commemoratinAnniversary Booksg the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication of the novel on February 1, 1962.

The Secret Garden 100th Anniversary Edition features original illustrations by renowned artist Tasha Tudor. A must have for any classics collector.

Gift Idea #3: A Book & A Feature Film
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Gift In John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the man George Smiley knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement -- especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla -- his Moscow Centre nemesis -- and sets a trap to catch the traitor. Time magazine says John le Carré is "the premier spy novelist of his time. Perhaps of all time."

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been adapted into a film, directed by Tomas Alfredson, starring Gary Oldman and Mark Strong, that came out in select theaters on December 9th. Give the novel and a movie ticket as a gift and enjoy John le Carre's suspenseful spy story!

Gift Idea #4: Next Month's Discussible Choice

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern Cecelia Ahern brings us The Gift.  Lou Suffern's successful career demands that he be in two places at one time -- and neither of those is with his devoted wife and children. One frigid morning Lou meets a homeless man named Gabe and buys him a cup of coffee -- then gives him a job -- a random act of kindness that surprises Lou most of all. But soon Gabe is meddling uncomfortably in Lou's life, popping up at the most inopportune times -- as if Gabe actually can be in two places at once. With Lou's personal and professional fates at important crossroads and Christmas looming, Gabe resorts to some unorthodox methods to show his stubborn patron what truly matters and how precious the gift of time is. But can he help him fix what's broken before it's too late? Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, says "The Gift is a tantalizing tale wrapped in a tale that I devoured in one sitting. It's a perfect treat for the holidays."

Gift Idea #5: Penguin Classics Thread Editions

Beautiful, tactile and textured "Thread Editions" of three classic children's tales will delight both children and adults. To create a hand stitched effect, artist Jillian Tamaki first sketched in a traditional illustrative manner and then hand stitched using needle and thread. Final covers are sculpt embossed, resulting in lovely collectible editions for both literature and craft lover's collections. For the classics enthusiast, the release of The Secret Garden edition coincides with the books 2011 centennial. These "Thread Editions" provide timeless literature and innovative art all in one gift!
Penguin Thread Editions
Gift Idea #6: Book-Related Gems

Book lovers love to surround themselves with book-related items. Here are a few that might delight your friends.

The Reading Woman 2012 Engagement Calendar
Read a Book Tile Coaster
Fiction Tile Coaster Book Club T-Shirt
Book Club T-Shirts
Literary Tea Bags

There are hundreds of ideas like this -- let your imagination go wild!

Gift Idea #7: Book Club Gift to Toys for Tots

Want to have fun with your book club friends and contribute, too, this holiday season? Maybe your group can try what eleven book groups in Washington, NC, did. According to the Washington Daily News, they gathered this month to share a meal, exchange the latest discussibles -- and contribute mightily to the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots toy drive! In addition to the cost of the luncheon, each of the attendees added a new toy to a growing pile -- gifts for the many children in need in Beaufort and surrounding counties.
Toys for Toys
Gift Idea #8: RGC Selections

Reading Group Choices 2012
Want to delight everyone in your book club with a gift at your holiday get-together? Just order a copy of the new Reading Group Choices 2012: Selections for Lively Book Discussions for everyone - and (shhhh, don't tell anyone) save at the same time!  Through December 23rd, you can get five or more copies for only $2.95 each!  Order the "stocking stuffer special" online - even "mix and match" your order with editions from previous years if you want.

The 2012 edition is filled with 70 discussible titles, complete with Conversation Starters and lots of additional information. See what's new 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.

Give the Gift of options! Purchase a copy of Reading Group Choices 2012 -- along with some of the suggested books within the guide or a book store gift card.

Happy Holidays!

Thanks for keeping the joy of reading alive,

Book Club Gifts 


RGC Holiday Card   

Many book groups exchange gifts at their holiday gathering in December. Even if yours doesn't partake in this tradition, you may want to give a remembrance to the hostess (or host) of your holiday get-together or to some of your book-loving friends.  


So we've put together a few ideas that may help you out. Anniversary editions and movie-tie-in editions may be just the thing. A book-related gift might hit the spot. Or perhaps the title you'd like to see your friend choose for the next discussion! See the articles in the left-hand column for more ideas.  


We hope some of these ideas are helpful. But most of all, Reading Group Choices wants to wish you and your family a happy holiday season!  




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