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November 2013

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

This month is we would like to set you up to make the gift giving season easy! We have provided resources and books that will help you make this holiday stress free.

Plus a On the Bookcase blog post, Ladies' Home Journal November Book Club selection, World Book Night Book List 2014, Margaret Atwood's Birthday, and The Book Thief Movie!

In This Issue
Reading Group Choices 2014 Printed Guide
Emma of Aurora
Fresh Ideas for Discussion
Ladies' Home Journal Book Club
World Book Night Book List 2014
On the Bookcase Posts
Giving the Gift of Books
GiftLit
Book Club T-shirts
Rebound Designs Gifts
NEW "Spotlight" Book Club
The Book Theif Movie!
November Birthday: Margaret Atwood
Bookie Gifts
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!
 
Emma of Aurora: The Complete Trilogy

The Change and Cherish trilogy, based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy, now available in one volume-Emma of Aurora by Jane Kirkpaticke

A Clearing in the Wild
When Emma's outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850s Bethel, Missouri colony's beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.

A Tendering in the Storm
Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.

A Mending at the Edge
As a mother, daughter, sister, and estranged wife, Emma struggles to find her place inside-and outside-the confines of her religious community. Emma reaches out to others on the fringe, searching for healing and purpose. By blending her unique talents with service to others, she creates renewed hope as she weaves together the threads of family, friends, and faith.
Fresh Ideas for Discussion


The Occupation of Eliza Goode by Shelley Mickle

 

Eliza Goode is sold as a courtesan on her seventeenth birthday, she flees her arranged future at the outbreak of the Civil War. Along the way, she meets Bennett McFerrin and his wife, Rissa, who follows her husband to war. Using guile and her extraordinary beauty, Eliza transforms herself from camp follower prostitute to laundress, nurse, and caregiver to Rissa when Bennett is taken prisoner by Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of Fort Donelson in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her final transformation frees her from her past. It is a story told in modern times by Susan Masters, a novelist in Boston, whose cousin, Hadley, finds Eliza's letters in an attic and implores Susan to write Eliza's story to answer questions she seeks for her own life.

 

 

 

Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless

 

Georgann Rea didn't bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She'd slept with too many men and a few women, and she didn't like dogs or children. Georgann possessed the icy beauty of a Hitchcock heroine with the cold heart to match. From living at the Dakota in 1960s Manhattan to London's swinging town houses and beyond, Wendy Lawless and her younger sister navigated day-to-day life as their unstable and fabulously neglectful mother, Georgann, chased her delusions, suffered dramatic breakdowns, and survived suicide attempts. With clear-eyed grace and flashing wit, Lawless portrays the highs and lows of her unhinged upbringing.

 

 

Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

 

Alicia Richards loved her daughter from her very first breath. Days later, when tests confirmed what Alicia already knew--that Chloe had Down syndrome--she didn't falter. Now twenty-five, Chloe is sweet, funny, and content. Alicia brings her to adult daycare while she teaches at a local college. One day Chloe arrives home thrumming with excitement, and says the words Alicia never anticipated. She has met someone--a young man named Thomas. Within days, Chloe and Thomas, also mentally challenged, declare themselves in love. Alicia strives to see past her misgivings to the new possibilities opening up for her daughter. Shouldn't Chloe have the same right to love as anyone else?

 

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The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris

 

Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes's grief over her husband's untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying--but it's just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him. As Jack's fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack's dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound--and perhaps, at last, to heal.

 

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Ladies' Home Journal Book Club

In the November Ladies' Home Journal Book Club selection, The Obituary Writer, seasoned novelist Ann Hood expertly weaves together the story of two women on the cusp of two distinct eras. Vivien "Birdie" Lowe is a grieving mistress who, following the loss of her lover in the San Francisco Earthquake of 1908, becomes an obituary writer, often honoring the lives of lost loved ones by selecting the perfect verse of poetry. Claire Fontaine, trapped in the role of a stereotypical 1950's housewife, is torn by the choice to either remain in an unsatisfying marriage or break-up her family to pursue true love with another man, someone who offers her a deeper sense of personal identity.

Read "Grief: The Sorrowful Songbird" by Reading Group Choices' Neely Kennedy for discussible topics and themes! 

World Book Night Book List 2014


The World Book Night Books for 2014 have been chosen!

World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don't regularly read.

The 2014 book list consists of 35 books including book club favorites like The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye, Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed

On the Bookcase Posts
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Giving the Gift of Books

 Art Made from Books by Laura Heyenga

Art Made from Books is the definitive guide to this compelling art form, showcasing groundbreaking work by today's most showstopping practitioners. From Su Blackwell's whimsical pop-up landscapes to the stacked-book sculptures of Kylie Stillman, each portfolio celebrates the incredible creative diversity of the medium. A preface by pioneering artist Brian Dettmer and an introduction by design critic Alyson Kuhn round out the collection. Presented in an unusual, tactile package with an exposed spine, this is an essential addition to the libraries of book lovers and art aficionados.


Aimless Love by Billy Collins

From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books-Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins's unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience.


Dear Life by Alice Munro

In story after story in this brilliant new collection, Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate. Her characters are flawed and fully human: a soldier returning from war and avoiding his fiancée, a wealthy woman deciding whether to confront a blackmailer, an adulterous mother and her neglected children, a guilt-ridden father, a young teacher jilted by her employer. Illumined by Munro's unflinching insight, these lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. Exalted by her clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

 

GiftLit

  

At GiftLit they believe good books make great gifts. A book given should stand out and be worth keeping. GiftLit books are special, because they rely on literary experts who carefully choose the most beloved books. If a book doesn't meet their standards, you won't find it in their stacks. Founded in 2006 by two moms who wanted high-quality books for their children as well as a means of keeping in touch with loved ones far away, GiftLit seeks to support literacy and the connection books create between friends and family.


Book Club T-shirts

Does your book club go out on the town, participate in community events, or travel together? If give the gift of unity and solidarity by getting each member a book club t-shirt! GoneReading.com has two book club t-shirts that your book group is bound to love along with many other creative book club gifts!


 

Rebound Designs Gifts

Caitlin Phillips is the brains and hands behind Rebound Designs. Best known for her instantly recognizable Book Purses, handcrafted purses made from old hardback books, Caitlin has dedicated herself to the rescue and transformation of all unwanted literature. Each purse begins with a hardback book, which can be anything from a well-loved children's classic to an out-of-date scientific textbook, and after a careful selection of unique fabric and handles, the book is reborn as a beautiful one of a kind handbag, combining fashion with an appreciation for the literary.

Rebound Designs also make Kindle, Nook and iPad covers from old hard back books. Find a gift for your bookworm friends on Rebound Designs Esty store.

 

NEW "Spotlight" Book Club
  
Become one of our Spotlight Book Clubs!

Spotlight Book Club 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!

The Book Thief Movie!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak A five time Annual Book Club Favorites winner is now coming to the big screen November 15th!  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was be made into a movie directed by Brian Percival directed and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse and Ben Schnetzer.

The Book Thief tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany.

Make this a fun Book Club holiday event: See the film and discuss the differences and similarities between the book and movie. You can find the movie discussion guide here.
 
The Book Thief Movie
The Book Thief Movie


November Birthday: Margaret Atwood

Author Margaret Atwood was born November 18th, 1939 and in honor or her birthday month we want to feature a few of her discussible titles!

 


Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.
 
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Don't be intimidated by the upcoming holiday buying season! We've landed on three fantastic titles, one of which is sure to satisfy nearly anyone on your list. The short stories of Nobel Prize winning Alice Monroe dazzle, Billy Collin's new poetry collection Aimless Love is insightful, and Art Made from Books is clever and original.  We wish you a relaxing holiday--full of great new books and quiet moments to enjoy them.     

    

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