Monday, August 15, 2011

August 2011

We are celebrating the paperback release of How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway --- a story of a mother and her daughter reconnecting with their Japanese heritage --- with a special contest. Fifteen readers will have the opportunity to each win one copy of the book, which is in stores now, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 7th at noon ET.

More about How to Be an American Housewife:
How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters, and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and aspired to be a proper American housewife; and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn’t been what she’d expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan to be reunited with her brother, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways. Offering an entertaining glimpse into American and Japanese family lives and their potent aspirations, this is a warm and engaging novel full of unexpected insight.

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We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers --- the acclaimed retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea as set during the California Gold Rush --- with a special contest. Three readers will have the opportunity to each win an autographed copy of the book for their group, while five readers will win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 7th at noon ET.

More about Redeeming Love:
Bestselling author Francine Rivers skillfully retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea in a tale set against the exciting backdrop of the California Gold Rush. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea is a godly man sent into Angel's life to draw her into the Savior's redeeming love. This remarkable novel has sold more than a million copies globally and has been a fixture on bestseller lists for nearly a decade. A six-part reading guide, suitable for individual use or group discussion, is included in this bestselling novel.

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New and Recommended - Fiction

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, translated by Lee Chadeayne
Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangman’s son --- except that the town physician’s son is hopelessly in love with her. It is 1659, the Thirty Years’ War has finally ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin.

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Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Wickedly hilarious and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love --- all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers. Isabella, Mary and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and doll-sized cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with and the problems that come with them.

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The Full Moon Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
To Soorya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Soorya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkable. In choosing between two very different men, Soorya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background. And she must decide what matters most to her --- not just in a husband, but in a family, a culture, and a life…

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The First Day of the Rest of My Life by Cathy Lamb
Madeline O’Shea tells people what to do with their lives. A renowned life coach, she inspires thousands of women through her thriving practice --- exuding enviable confidence along with her stylish suits and sleek hair. But her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front. For decades, Madeline has lived in fear of her traumatic past becoming public. Now a reporter is reinvestigating the notorious crime that put Madeline’s mother behind bars, threatening to destroy her elaborate façade.

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Registered Book Club Promotions

For August we have a very special opportunity for Registered Book Groups. Our featured title this month is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Groups who have registered with us by Tuesday, August 16th have the chance to win an author chat. If your group is not registered, click here to register.

New Guides

Adam & Eve by Sena Jeter Naslund: Set against the searing debate between evolutionists and creationists, Adam & Eve is a thriller, a romance, an adventure, an idyll --- a tour de force from Sena Jeter Naslund, one of the most imaginative and inspired writers of our time.

Blue Skies Tomorrow: Wings of Glory, Book 3 by Sarah Sundin: A pilot and a volunteer find love amidst the throes of World War II combat in the final volume of this popular series.

The Call by Yannick Murphy: A father desperately tries to keep his family together as they cope with the aftermath of a hunting accident that leaves their eldest son in a coma.

The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz: A young woman seeks her soldier father along the Kentucky frontier only to find herself longing for his commanding officer.

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy: The lives of three strangers intersect in the searing summer heat of Athens as they explore the ancient city, and their own lives, together.

The First Day of the Rest of My Life by Cathy Lamb: A successful life coach finds her prominent public image threatened with the revelation of a horrible family tragedy from her past.

The Full Moon Bride by Shobhan Bantwal: A young Indian woman finds herself at the crossroads of independence and cultural tradition when her family begins arranging her marriage.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close: A group of friends navigate their lives amidst the commotion of weddings and bridal showers that serve to remind them they’re all unlucky in love.

The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard: Two girls born on the same day to very different families find their lives weaving together over several decades.

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch: The Hangman’s Daughter is a rich, historical tale of a witch hunt and fanaticism in 17th-century Bavaria.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: An amateur florist discovers that her understanding of plants and the moods they convey can truly help those around her.

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson: The Lantern is a modern gothic novel of love, secrets and murder --- set against the lush backdrop of Provence.

Layla by Céline Keating: An antiwar activist reflects on her past while trying to understand the current state of political unrest.

My Two Wives and Three Husbands: A True Love Story by S. Stanley Gordon: This is the true story of one man searching for love in both the straight and gay communities over several decades.

River’s Song: The Inn at Shining Waters, Book 1 by Melody Carlson: A widow returns to her childhood home to find perspective on her troubled life and reconnects with her Native American heritage.

The Submission by Amy Waldman: In an ambitious reimagining of 9/11, a committee selects a memorial design only to learn that its creator is Muslim.

This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman: A devastating exploration of the blurring boundaries of privacy and the fragility of self, this clear-eyed portrait of modern life will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the sacrifices and choices we make in the name of love.

Wings of Promise: Alaskan Skies, Book Two by Bonnie Leon: A woman finds herself torn between her love for a fellow bush pilot and a handsome doctor in the untamed frontier of Alaska.

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