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National Women's History Month
Celebrating the Ladies
 March 2013
Throughout the years, Reading Group Choices has discovered that mostly women make up book groups.  This makes March an important time for us to celebrate National Women's History Month.  Thus, in this month's newsletter we are featuring discussible choices that emphasize female empowerment 

Plus our survey for your favorite discussible books of 2012, Ladies' Home Journal's March book club pick, a photo book celebrating women of all ages, new On the Bookcase posts, Reading Group Choices may be coming to a town near you, and ideas from the National Women's History Museum.  
In This Issue
Fresh Discussible Titles
Win $100! -- Plus a Box of Discussibles
Ladies' Home Journal Book Club.
On the Bookcase Posts
Neely's Women's History Month Favorites
"Journey to the Woman I've Come to Love"
National Women's History Museum
Reading Group Choices 2013 Print Edition
Come See Reading Group Choices!
Written Words of Women
Fresh Discussible Titles

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick Pat People believes his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending--the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It's no surprise that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat's now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he's being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he's being haunted by Kenny G!

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien learns to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

The Good Life by Susan Kietzman

The Good Life by Susan Kietzman Ann Baron has a luxurious life, far from her homespun childhood on a farm in eastern Pennsylvania...which is why Ann is wary when her elderly parents ask to move in temporarily. Ann prepares in the way she knows best--hiring decorators and employing a full-time nurse for her dementia-stricken father. But nothing can prepare her for the transformations ahead. Soon, her children form unpredictable relationships, and even the workaholic husband finds time to be with the family. But it's Ann who must make the biggest leap and confront the choices and values that have kept her floating on life's surface for so long.

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to--an act that will have repercussions. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil--but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance

Win $100! -- Plus a Box of Discussibles

Survey 2011 If you haven't already done so, please share with other groups the books that generated the best discussions in your group during the past year as well as your best book group experiences by completing our annual survey. It generates a one-of-a-kind list of favorite DISCUSSIBLE books for book groups!
For those of you in more than one book club, increase your chances to win by comleting a survey for each of your groups.  Each time you do, Reading Group Choices will enter your name into a random drawing for $100 to jazz up your next get-together -- plus a Box of Discussibles! Five lucky groups will each win the prize!

Ladies' Home Journal Book Club

Beginner's Goodbye LHJ In the March Ladies' Home Journal Book Club selection, The Beginner's Goodbye, seasoned novelist Anne Tyler tells the intimate story of how a quirky publishing house editor, Aaron Woolcott, deals with the loss of his wife, Dorothy, after a tree falls on their home. Quotes taken from the book outline his often peculiar, yet honest, perspective on his wife, marriage, colleagues, and family as he moves through the classic stages of grief.

Read "Beginner's Goodbye: Dealing with Loss, A Book Club Discussion" by Reading Group Choices' Neely Kennedy for discussible topics and themes! 

On the Bookcase Posts
Laura On the Bookcase

Advice, confessions, reflections, fantasies, delights and flashes of brilliance from Theasa Tuohy, author of The Five O'clock Follies.

Please welcome Liza Gyllenhaal to On the Bookcase in an interview about her novel, A Place For Us!

Christine Trent tells us about the fascinating research about Victorian-era funerals and undertaking she discovered while writing her novel Lady of Ashes.

Neely's Women's History Month Favorites

In light of Women's History Month our literary director, Neely Kennedy, has suggested books that emphasize female empowerment; including feminism & wellness and notable women's fiction & nonfiction.

The Beauty Myth Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
by Christiane Northrop

The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Half The Sky: Turning Opression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicolas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised our Nation by Cokie Robertson

Sacagawea by Anna Waldo

Lady Chatterly's LoverHateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories by Alice Monroe

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Journey to the Woman I've Come to Love

"Just in time for Women's History Month, Miki Turner's long-awaited photo book, Journey to the Woman I've Come to Love, is now available.  It is an empowering and inspirational photo book filled with the affirmations of an incredible group of diverse women answering one question:   At what point did you fall in love with yourself?

"It's not just a book, it's a movement. Turner and some of the featured women are available to speak at events during WHM or do signings."--National Women's History Project Blog

"Journey to the Woman I've Come to Love" Promotional Video

National Women's History Museum 

The National Women's History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States.

The NWHM website features "online exhibits" that teach the public about women's history. This could be an innovative twist to your next book club meeting. Your group could all read through one exhibit and discuss it, or have each member read a different exhibit and then present it to the group. It would be a fun way to learn about women's history.

National Women's History Museum


Reading Group Choices 2013 Print Edition
RGC 2013 Cover 
Reading Group Choices 2013: Selections for Lively Book Discussions is now available! A lot of care and consideration for you and our book clubs 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!
Come See Reading Group Choices!
Reading Group Choices will be at two events this month giving away our 2013 guides and boxes of books to reading groups!

Quail Ridge Bookstore

Come to Quail Ridge Bookstore in Raleigh, NC, on March 18th, 7pm or 20th, 10am, for their annual Book Club Bash!
VA Festival of the BookBookstore employees will be reviewing their favorite discussible books as well as giving out prizes and offering refreshments.

Reading Group Choices' Laura Vianna will be a panel member at "Calling All Book Groups" at Virginia's Festival of the Book on March 23rd, 10am, Charlottesville Central Library. Come and discuss book group formats and choices and a presentation of library resources for book groups.

Thanks for keeping the joy of reading alive,
Written Words of Women 


Women's History Month celebrates both the historic and contemporary role of women in the shaping of social norms and current thought.  This month, we, at Reading Group Choices, would like to acknowdlege the tremendous contribution women have made to the literary world.  We are suggesting some truly inspiring titles that include fiction, history, and feminism/wellness; from Betty Friedan's classic The Feminine Mystique to a fantastic short story collection by Alice Monroe. We've come a long way ladies, but there is more road to travel. Who will be the next woman to cross our ever changing literary boundaries? 




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