Reading Group Choices Newsletter
National Reading Group Month
Spooky Selections
October 2013
Greetings!

The Reading Group Choices 2014 printed guide is now available! Order copies for your book group.

This month is National Reading Group Month! Use the Great Group Reads list to pick your next discussible selections.

Plus a new Spotlight Book Club, new On the Bookcase blog post, Ladies' Home Journal October Book Club selection, Literary Halloween Costumes, Carrie: The Movie, 75th Anniversary: Grapes of Wrath, and spooky selections for discussion. 

In This Issue
Reading Group Choices 2014 Printed Guide
NRGM: Great Group Reads
Liar & Spy
Fresh Ideas for Discussion
Ladies' Home Journal Book Club
Literary Halloween Costumes
On the Bookcase Posts
Spooky Selections
NEW "Spotlight" Book Club
Carrie: Book to Movie, and Movie again
75th Anniversary: Grapes of Wrath
National Reading Group Month
Reading Group Choices 2014 Printed Guide

We are pleased to announce that the 20th anniversary edition of Reading Group Choices 2014 is now available. Recharge and refocus your book club discussions with the help of our 2014 reading group guide. Here you will find over fifty of the year's best titles, their summaries, critical praise, as well as thoughtful discussion questions for each--titles including Mrs. Poe, The Weight of Small Things and Visit Sunny Chernobyl.  Make your next group get together seamless and relaxing by letting us do the work for you!

Buy a copy for yourself for $6.95 or for book club members for $3.95 each when you order 5 or more!
 
NRGM: Great Group Reads

National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads

October is National Reading Group Month--the perfect time to either join a book club or think about adding new members to your current group.  Presented by the Women's National Book Association as a way to salute reading groups,  check out this year's Great Group Reads. Featured are twenty-one popular book club titles including Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.  

 

Liar & Spy

From the Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead, comes the heartfelt story of a boy who discovers the truth in friendship.

 

In the instant New York Times bestseller Liar & Spy, seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a lie, and what is a game? And how far is too far to go for your only friend?

 

Like Stead's When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy is beautifully written and will keep you guessing until the end, making it the perfect book club pick for you and your child.

 
Fresh Ideas for Discussion


Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood

Bodies of Water In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Summers spent with the girls at their lakeside camp in Vermont are her one escape--from her husband's demands, from days consumed by household drudgery, and from the nagging suspicion that life was supposed to hold something different. Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie. The affair that follows offers a solace Billie has never known, until her secret is revealed and both families are wrenched apart in the tragic aftermath.

 

 

 

Ladies' Home Journal Book Club

In the October Ladies' Home Journal Book Club selection Margot, seasoned teen and adult novelist Jillian Cantor continues the story of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl. Cantor's imagining focuses on Anne's sister, Margot, and the fictional premise that she survived the holocaust and lived in Post-War America under the assumed Gentile name Margie Franklin. Desperate not to be discovered, but desperately wanting to reveal herself to the man she loves, Margie struggles to hide her true identity, a burden that becomes increasingly difficult when the film adaption of Anne's diary is released in 1959 and talk of it is everywhere.

Read "Hiding in Plain Sight: What if Anne Frank's Sister Survived the Holocaust?" by Reading Group Choices' Neely Kennedy for discussible topics and themes! 

Literary Halloween Costumes

Have you ever dreamed of being a famous author? Or becoming your favorite literary character? Halloween is the perfect chance to indulge this fantasy. Literary costumes are fun, easy, and sophisticated. Let us suggest the following: Recycle an old wedding dress, add a little white face powder, and you have Miss Havisham from Great Expectations; transform into Edgar Allan Poe with a tattered old suit and ascot, some black under-eye circles, and a raven on your shoulder; or go punk, grab a short black wig and a fake nose ring, and you're Lisbeth Salander from Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. The possibilities are endless! You can find more ideas on Buzzfeed and Lit Drift.
Miss Havisham
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On the Bookcase Posts
Laura On the Bookcase

Read our guest blog by Shelley Fraser Mickle, author of The Occupation of Eliza Goode, entitled "Called by Silent Voices."
Spooky Selections

  

 Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnivall

 

London, 1932. Jessica Kenton, twenty-seven, thinks she has her life firmly under control, but it is torn apart when she learns that her brother, Timothy, a renowned young Egyptologist with the British Museum, has inexplicably vanished. Twenty years earlier, during a night that still haunts her, Jessie's adored brother Georgie also disappeared. Desperate to solve the mystery, she decides to travel to Egypt, accompanied by a dashing, if impoverished, aristocrat. But in this strange and alien place of dust and desert, Jessie also falls helplessly, deeply in love-and as her defenses are stripped away, she is forced to face the demons that drive her.  

 

The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel Jr.

 

When young attorney and mother Brek Cuttler finds herself covered in blood and standing on a deserted train platform, she has no memory of how she got there. For one very good reason. She's dead. But she doesn't believe it at first. Trapped between worlds, Brek struggles to get back to her husband and daughter until she receives a shocking revelation that makes her death no longer deniable: She's been chosen to join the elite group of lawyers who prosecute and defend souls at the Final Judgment. She suddenly finds that she herself has been called to stand trial...and that her first client in the afterlife holds the secret to her fate.

 

 

The Necromancer's House by Christopher Buehlman

 

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Andrew has long known that magic was a brutal game requiring blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death, but his many years of peace and comfort have left him soft, more concerned with maintaining false youth than with seeing to his own defense. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.  

 

 

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

 

When Starla Claudelle's strict grandmother and guardian grounds her on the Fourth of July, Starla decides to run away from her Mississippi home and go to Nashville, to seek her mother who had abandoned her. On the road, Starla meets Eula-a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse. As they travel, Starla's eyes are opened to the harsh realities of 1963 Southern segregation. Through her discussions with Eula, reconnection with both her parents, and a series of surprising misadventures, Starla begins to realize that having a life with the perfect family might look drastically different from how she dreamed it would.

 

 

Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach

 

This funny, exuberant novel captures the reader with the grand sweep of seven-foot-tall David "Lizard" Hochmeyer's larger-than-life quest to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents' deaths. It's a journey laden with pro football stars, a master chef and his beautiful transvestite lover, a world-famous ballerina and her English rocker husband, and a sister who's as brilliant as she is unstable. A wildly entertaining, plot-twisting novel of murder, seduction, and revenge--rich in incident, expansive in character, and lavish in setting--Life Among Giants  is an exhilarating adventure.

 

 

Never Come Back by David Bell

 

Elizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeth's troubled brother Ronnie's special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslie's sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew....When police discover that Leslie was strangled, they immediately suspect that one of Ronnie's outbursts took a tragic turn. More questions arise when a stranger is named in Leslie's will As the family's secrets unravel, a man from Leslie's past who claims to have all the answers shows up...

 

 

NEW "Spotlight" Book Club
  
Our current "Spotlight" Book Club is Summerhouse Snowbirds Book Club Read about their group here.


Become one of our Spotlight Book Clubs!

Email us at info@readinggroupchoices.com with a picture of your book group and description of what makes your reading group unique.

If your book club is chosen, we will send you and your group a box of books to share!

Carrie: Book to Movie, and Movie again

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (ChloŽ Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Just in time for Halloween, the new version of Carrie comes out October 18th! Take your book club to the movie for a fun literary movie field trip.

CARRIE - Official Teaser Trailer - In Theaters 10/18/13
CARRIE: Official Teaser Trailer
In Theaters 10/18/13

75th Anniversary: Grapes of Wrath Trek Revisited

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, Calif., is sponsoring a tour that will retrace the route of the Joad family from Oklahoma to California, beginning tomorrow and ending October 14.

 

 

On the tour, a team of artists, including playwright Octavio Solis, visual artist Patricia Wakida and filmmaker P.J. Palmer, will collect oral histories and aims to answer "three critical questions inspired by The Grapes of Wrath: What keeps you going? What do you turn to in hard times? What brings you joy when times are tough?"

 

At each stop along the route, the Center will also host or participate in public programs, panel discussions and creative workshops about The Grapes of Wrath. At each stop, the Penguin Group will use the Penguin Book Truck and Penguin Pushcart to sell Steinbeck titles.  

 

Among the stops: the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Ariz.

 

The official Journey blog is live at GrapesofWrath75.org. The trip can also be followed at Twitter.com/steinbeckcenter, Facebook.com/NationalSteinbeckCenter, YouTube.com/steinbeckcenter1 and Instagram.com/steinbeckcenter.

 

 
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