Reading Group Choices Newsletter
Medici Award Honors Barbara Mead 
National Reading Group Month
  October 2013

FREE tickets to the Medici Book Club Prize ceremony in Beverly Hills;


A touching memoir of an all-too-familiar issue and a story of a different kind of community;


Great Group Reads from the Women's National Book Association in recognition of National Reading Group Month;


The Ladies' Home Journal October book club pick, and much, much more in this issue of the Reading Group Choices Newsletter.


In This Issue
New in Paperback
National Reading Group Month Events
Ladies' Home Journal Book Club
On the Bookcase: Mette Jakobsen
Reading Group Choices 2013 Is Here
Film Adaptation of "Life of Pi" Premiere
Medici Book Club Prize Honors Barbara Mead
New in Paperback
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

Falling Together Pen, Cat, and Will met on their first day of college and formed what seemed like a magical and lifelong bond, only to see their friendship break apart amid the realities of adulthood. When, after years of silence, Cat--the bewitching, charismatic center of their group--e-mails Pen and Will with an urgent request to meet at their college reunion, they can't refuse. But instead of a happy reconciliation, what awaits is a collision of past and present that sends Pen and Will, with Pen's five-year-old daughter and Cat's hostile husband in tow, on a journey across the world.



Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words by Kate Whouley

Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words Kate Whouley is a smart, single woman who faces life head-on. Her mother, Anne, is a strong-minded accidental feminist with a weakness for unreliable men. Their complicated relationship isn't simplified when Anne exhibits symptoms of organic memory loss. As Kate becomes her mother's advocate and protector, she will discover that the demon we call Alzheimer's is also an unlikely teacher--and healer. For anyone who has faced and fought the decline of a parent or loved one, this book will touch your heart, make you smile, and, quite possibly, change the way you think about love, life, and loss.  



A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall

A Season for Tending Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler's unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda's "gift" is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.  Rhoda's expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn't trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life?

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National Reading Group Month Events

Reading groups are proving that good books bring people together. National Reading Group Month (NRGM) salutes reading groups. It fosters their growth and promotes the love of literature. It's an opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future--the perfect time to join or start a group. 

In honor of National Reading Group Month, there is a calendar of nation-wide events, and resources and tips for enhancing book discussions. Whether you're a reading group member, author, bookseller, librarian, or publishing industry professional, get involved in National Reading Group Month. Let's celebrate the joy of shared reading. 

National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women's roles in the community of the book.

Ladies' Home Journal Book Club


In the Ladies' Home Journal October book club pick, Caleb's Crossing, historical novelist Geraldine Brooks writes about the conflicts between 17th century Martha's Vineyard inhabitants, newly-settled Puritans and Native Americans. The contrasting beliefs and customs between the two cultures are told as experienced by the narrator, Bethia Mayfield, a preacher's daughter, and Caleb, the son of the Wampanoag Chief, who crosses over into Bethia's "civilized" world...  


Read "Colliding Worlds: Native American and Puritan Cultures in the New World, a Book Club Discussion" by Reading Group Choices' Neely Kennedy for discussible topics and themes!  


On the Bookcase: Mette Jakobsen

Laura On the Bookcase Please welcome Mette Jakobsen, author of The Vanishing Act, to On the Bookcase. Mette tells us about her new book and how Black Sun, a documentary, inspired her to write it.

One morning, a year after Minou's mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella and Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsennever returned, Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother's disappearance be explained by the boy? Will Boxman be able to help find her? Minou, unwilling to accept her mother's death, attempts to find the truth through Descartes' philosophy.


Reading Group Choices 2013 Is Here

RGC 2013 CoverReading Group Choices 2013: Selections for Lively Book Discussions is now available. Lots of care and consideration for you and your book groups went into this edition. With over 70 titles including summaries, praise, author bios and conversation starters, this guide is essential to book clubs. The guide includes works from book club favorites such as Jeffrey Eugenides, Ann Patchett, Adriana Trigiani, Paulo Coelho,  Julian Barnes, Mitch Albom, Toni Morrison, Esmeralda Santiago, Laura Lippman, and Gillian Flynn. Also you can find rising talent including Erin Morgenstern, Mette Jakobsen, and Natalie Serber. Get the guide and get to discussing!

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Film Adaptation of Life of Pi Premiere

Life of Pi Ang Lee's highly anticipated adaptation of Yann Martel's Life of Pi kicked off the New York Film Festival last weekend to an enthusiastic reception. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the novelist regarding the film version of his Man Booker Prize-winning book, which sold more than seven million copies. Life of Pi opens November 21...While writing his novel, Martel had seen it as inherently cinematic: "The novel is full of contrast colors: the blue ocean, the white lifeboat, the brown boy, the orange and black tiger, the green island. And India is very visual. In some ways, it was a very visual novel, but I never imagined it before, for technical reasons. And also, usually, novels are so dense--so much in a novel that it's quite difficult to translate it successfully to the screen."

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Thanks for keeping the joy of reading alive,

Medici Book Club Prize Honors Barbara Mead

 Barbara Drummond Mead


Literary Affairs is pleased to offer complimentary tickets to all Reading Group Choices subscribers for the presentation of the Second Annual Medici Book Club Prize to Liz Moore, author of Heft, on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30pm. The award will be presented in Beverly Hills in memory of our beloved friend, Medici Founding Patron, and former Reading Group Choices head Barbara Drummond Mead. The event will include a conversation between Liz Moore and creator of The Beverly Hills Literary Escape, Julie Robinson. Reservations are required--please RSVP to


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Great Group Reads




Blue Asylum




The Dovekeepers


Equal of the Sun  


Faith: A Novel


A Land More Kind Than Home


I Married Your for Happiness


In the Shadow of the Banyan


The O'Briens


The Orchardist


The Right-Hand Shore


Running the Rift


Salvage the Bones


The Snow Child


What Alice Forgot


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal




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