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.
|New in Paperback|
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
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
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?Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Copy!
|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 |
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 never 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|
Reading 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!
Order copies for your book club here!
|Film Adaptation of Life of Pi Premiere|
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."
*article from Shelf-Awareness.com
Thanks for keeping the joy of reading alive,