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Spring, 2014


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In this issue, you'll find new book recommendations from book clubs and a publisher, and a roundup of authors who can speak with your book club.  Also, book clubs offer their favorite titles of 2013.

We're excited to be featured in's article on turning book club meetings into unforgettable experiences.

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Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs

Bookies of Central Minnesota, recommends:

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (Harper Perennial, 2013), Fiction, 400 pages


"Amelia, a 15-year old girl who attends a private school, does not have a lot of friends. When she is asked to be a part of a secret club she is thrilled, even though she and her friend had promised each other they would never join one of the clubs. One day, Amelia's mom receives a phone call saying there had been an incident at the school; she arrives to discover that Amelia has jumped from the roof of the school to her death. This is hard to process as Amelia was a good girl with good grades, and never got into trouble.  Then Amelia's mom starts receiving anonymous texts saying, 'She did not jump.'


"Reconstructing Amelia brought out some passionate discussion about hazing and bullying.  Most of us have had an experience with bullying, either ourselves or with our children. We discussed social media and the question: How much information is really too much information to reveal?  Single parenting is also covered in this book and we talked about how hard it is to raise a child and maintain a job and household on your own." 


Paired with: "Hibachi, Amelia's favorite food. We also had an assortment of wines: we took the labels off and referred to them as Maggie's hazing potions. For dessert we had New York Cheesecake as the book is set in New York."



Lauren Hesse of Doubleday Marketing, recommends: 

Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies (Doubleday, 2014), Fiction, 610 pages
"Mixing history with scandal, Belle Cora is a fantastic historical novel that covers the glitz, glamor and grit of the early 1900s from San Francisco to New York City. A story of love (and of loss) this book captures what happens when a good girl goes bad. Belle will bear a gambler's child, build a fortune, commit murder, leave a trail of aliases in her wake and sacrifice almost everything -- though perhaps not enough -- for the man whose love she cannot bear to lose.  At last her destiny will take her to Gold Rush California, to riches and power. That is, until the day she mysteriously disappears. Told with unflagging wit and verve, Belle Cora brings to life a turbulent era and an untamed America on the cusp of greatness. Its heroine is a woman in conflict with her time, who nevertheless epitomizes it with her fighting spirit, her gift for self-invention, and her determination to chart her own fate."  


 More New Book Recommendations    


Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
by John Krakauer
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland


What's Your Favorite Book of 2013
Our Survey Results 

Thanks to the many readers who sent their favorite titles from 2013.  Enjoy!



Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Back Bay Books, 2014), 352  pages  

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Touchstone, 2010), 384 pages   

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Back Bay Books, 2014), 560 pages

Orphan Train by Kristina Baker Klein (William Morrow, 2013), 304 pages

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2013), 384 pages

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, 2012), 496 pages

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books, 2012), 416 pages   

 Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky (St. Martin's Press, 2012), 416 pages






Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Perennial, 2008), 400 pages

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (Vintage, 2014), 432 pages


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House, 2010), 496 pages 

Spice Up your Book Club by Inviting an Author

Ever wonder how an author came up with an idea for a novel?  Or what time of day she does her best writing?  Or whether he based a character on a real person? 

These authors --  and many others -- are willing to speak with your book club by phone, Skype, or in person.  Send them an email to schedule your next meeting. Your book club will thank you!

Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann
Hunt:  In Smitten Book Club, four authors and real life BFFs team up for a story celebrating book clubs, friendship, laughter and love, all set in the romantic town of their creation, Smitten, Vermont.

Lisa Van Allen: The Wishing Thread knits together the tale of three quirky sisters who are said to knit magic spells in the storied village of Tarrytown. 

Ellen Marie Wiseman: What She Left Behind merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty.

JoeAnn Hart: Float takes a satirical look at family, the environment, and life in a hardscrabble seaside town in Maine.

For more authors willing to speak with your book club, browse our Buzzing About Books newsletters.  For kids' authors, please visit our KidsBookClubbing page. 


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