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Your Favorite Discussible Book
Mysteries for March
March 2014

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This month we wanted to add some intrigue and suspense to your book club. We have chosen a few mysteries that
liven up your reading group meeting!

Plus a chance to win audiobooks for your whole group, Great Group Reads, a prison book club, and a new Spotlight Book Club to meet.

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

In This Issue
Fresh Ideas for Discussion
Mystery Selections
Great Group Reads Sought
Ladies' Home Journal Book Club
Discussing Audiobooks
NEW "Spotlight" Book Club
An Unlikely Book Club
Reading Group Choices 2014 Printed Guide
2014 Survey
Fresh Ideas for Discussion

 

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott   

 

Eager to escape life on her family's farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of "the mill girls." In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend--a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell. But conditions at the factory become increasingly dangerous, and Alice finds the courage to represent the workers and their grievances. Although mill owner, Hiram Fiske, pays no heed, Alice attracts the attention of his eldest son, the handsome and reserved Samuel Fiske. When Lovey is found strangled to death, Alice finds herself torn between her commitment to the girls in the mill and her blossoming relationship with Samuel.   

 

 A Changing Marriage  by Susan Kietzman   


Newlywed life meets all of Karen's expectations. Bob's career is soaring and Karen has a fulfilling job of her own--one that's put on hold when she becomes pregnant. But their caring partnership begins to slip away as Bob's single-minded pursuit of the next promotion blinds him to how overwhelmed Karen feels as a stay-at-home mom. When resentment and disenchantment build on both sides, Karen finds herself at a crossroads. What happens when reality erodes your ideal relationship? How do you know when to stay and when to go? And how much can any marriage endure before it becomes just another statistic?   

 



When fifty-four-year-old Julianna Dapper slips out of a mental hospital in Bangor, Maine, on a June day in 1962, it's with one purpose in mind. Julianna knows she must go back to the tiny farming community in northern Missouri where she was born and raised. Embarking on her journey, Julianna meets Elijah Hunter, a shy teenaged African-American boy, and Jon Tate, a young hitchhiker on the run from the law. The three become traveling companions, bound together by quirks of happenstance. And even as the emerging truth about Julianna's past steers them inexorably toward tragedy, their surprising bond may be the means to transform fear and heartache into the strength that finally guides Julianna home.      

 

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Mystery Selections

Warm up the end of winter with a blood tingling mystery.  We've picked three new releases that will keep you turning the page until the very end. While all three novels have one thing in common, curios and dark scenarios involving the main character's husband, they all take place in very different settings and create unique moods.  Enjoy!

After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman

Now, twenty-six years after Felix Brewer's young mistress, Julie, vanished, Roberto "Sandy" Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealousy, resentment, greed, and longing stretching over five decades. And at its center is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten by the five women who loved him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.


You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Grace Reinhart Sachs is the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published, a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.


The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris

When a carriage bearing the Arnifour family crest--a vulture devouring a slaughtered lamb--arrives at the Kensington home of Colin Pendragon, it is an ominous beginning to a perplexing new case. Lady Arnifour's husband has been beaten to death and her niece, Elsbeth, left in a coma. Is the motive passion, revenge, or something even more sinister? Police suspicions have fallen on the groundskeeper and his son, yet the Earl's widow is convinced of their innocence.


Great Group Reads Sought

National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads The organizers of National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, have called for publishers to submit titles for inclusion in the 2014 Great Group Reads
(GGR) program. The program, currently in its sixth year, provides book clubs, reading groups, libraries and bookstores with a valuable resource for book selections and recommendations.

The GGR Selection Committee is looking for literary fiction and memoirs published in the U.S. between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014, with a bent toward titles from small presses and midlist releases of larger houses that may have gone overlooked. The committee's reading period will stretch from April to July. Final selections will be made in August, with the formal announcement coming in September.

Ladies' Home Journal Book Club


In the March Ladies' Home Journal Book Club selection Above All Things, poet turned debut novelist Tanis Rideout takes us on a historical fiction extreme adventure, reimagining the story of mountain climber George Mallory as he joins an expedition in his third attempt to conquer Mount Everest. Rideout's story takes liberties that include the perspective of George's wife, Ruth, to whom he has broken a promise not to go. Flashbacks from the couple's rocky but sentimental romance reveal George's ambition is bigger, however slightly, than his love for Ruth.

Read "Above All Things: The Peaks and Valleys of Loving an Adventurer" by Reading Group Choices' Neely Kennedy for discussible topics and themes! 

Discussing Audiobooks

 

Perhaps your book group would like to discuss a book that you all listen to, instead of read, in 2014. It might add a new dimension to your discussion as you compare reactions to the narrator or glean new insights from an inflection. If you would like to try it, we have a suggestion. Since June is AudioBook Month, Reading Group Choices, in conjunction with Macmillan Audio, will distribute FREE audiobooks of either Jane Green's Tempting Fate or Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet to all groups who sign up on our Random Drawing Webpage. Your group will receive the audiobooks at the end of April, giving everyone in your group time to do their listening before your June meeting

 

Tempting Fate by Jane Green
Read by author

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does she even look at the handsome guy--ten years younger--at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair--a physical one, at least. But Matt makes her feel sparkling, fascinating--something she hasn't felt in years. Surely there's no harm in continuing a long-distance friendship? Surely there's no harm in an emotional affair? As Gabby steps ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, things turn perilous. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything--and find out what really matters most.

 

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Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
Read by Ron Livingston

Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Ryan's chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake's secret and taunts him to the breaking point. Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet is the powerful and gut-wrenching tale of the unraveling--and the ultimate redemption--of a family. 

 

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NEW "Spotlight" Book Club

Our current "Spotlight" Book Club is The Bookworms of Coventry Cove. Read about their group here.



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!

An Unlikely Book Club

Rory Gaines sits down with eight other inmates in a locked room at Multnomah County's Inverness Jail and they begin talking about books though the conversation quickly weaves in details of their own lives. The inmates are joined by Carol Cook, a former library branch worker who created the book club five years ago when she noticed a need among inmates she tutored for their GED through Mt. Hood Community College. Her weekly group, in which inmates gather to discuss literature and life, is a rare haven of fun and release in the jail.
Reading Group Choices 2014 Printed Guide

The New Year--perhaps a perfect time to recharge and refocus your book club discussions with the help of Reading Group Choices 2014. 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!
 
 
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The results are a one-of-a-kind list of favorite DISCUSSIBLE books for book groups. Though there are many lists of books and many book awards, not all of the books on them make for the kind of lively, fun, interesting, thought-provoking, unforgettable discussions that reading groups crave. We'll compile and publish the list for you, and let you know how it compares to those chosen in previous surveys.

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