Thursday, November 13, 2008

November 2008

Get a Book Club Makeover

Whether your book club is just a few months old or has been around for a while, you might be in need of a Book Club Makeover from After reading your emails --- and talking to book clubs across the country --- we see that book groups often can fall into a routine and need a bit of livening up. It's to the rescue! We'll select groups each month for makeovers, review the problems, and make suggestions. Interested in a Book Club Makeover for your group? Click here for details.

Special Contests and Features

Win a Copy of SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay for Your Group

We are celebrating the paperback release of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay --- a mesmerizing story in which a mysterious past unfolds, the present is torn apart and the future is irrevocably altered --- with a special contest. Ten groups will have the opportunity to each win up to 12 finished copies of Sarah's Key, which is now in stores, for their group.

More About Sarah's Key:
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard --- their secret hiding place --- and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.

Six years later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research Julia stumbles onto a trail of family secrets that link her to Sarah and to questions about her own future.

Click here to read all the contest details.
Click here for the reading group guide.

Win a Copy of SHELTER ME by Juliette Fay for Your Group

We are celebrating the release of Shelter Me by Juliette Fay --- a beautifully written debut novel about heartbreaking loss and emotional redemption --- with a special contest. Thirty-five readers will have the opportunity to each win one advance copy of Shelter Me, which will be in stores on December 30th, for their group.

More About Shelter Me:
After the sudden death of her husband, Janie LaMarche is swamped by tides of grief and rage. Yet she's forced to confront the onward march of her life by an unlikely cast of interventionists: her two small children, her Ipecac-toting aunt, the "unflinchingly nice" parish priest and the contractor hired by her husband to build her a porch, whose involvement in her family's life becomes more ingrained with every beam he installs.

This stirring debut from author Juliette Fay is filled with insight on how we carry on after a loved one's death --- and how we must often force ourselves to embrace solace from those who show up to help us weather the tides of our grief.

Click here to read all the contest details.
Click here for the reading group guide.

New and Recommended Fiction

Home to Holly Springs: Father Tim, Book 1 by Jan Karon

Now Available in Paperback:
Jan Karon enchants us with the story of the newly retired priest's spur-of-the-moment adventure. For the first time in decades, Father Tim returns to his birthplace, Holly Springs, Mississippi, in response to a mysterious, unsigned note saying simply: "Come home." Little does he know how much these two words will change his life. A story of long-buried secrets, forgiveness and the wonder of discovering new people, places and depth of feeling, Home to Holly Springs will enthrall new readers and longtime fans alike.

Click Here for the reading group guide.

A Dog Named Christmas
by Greg Kincaid

Todd McCray is a developmentally challenged young man living with his parents on their Kansas farm. While listening to the radio one day, Todd hears that the local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for dogs during the Christmas week; Todd immediately wants to participate. Once Todd wins over his reluctant father, George, the McCray family find themselves with Christmas, a loyal, obedient dog that weaves his way into the hearts of the McCray family and their friends. When the time comes to give Christmas back, however, it is George who finds he is having a hard time letting go.

Click Here for the reading group guide.

Good Luck
by Whitney Gaskell

After life as she knows it falls apart, Lucy Parker heads off to Palm Beach to hide out at the home of an old college friend. But just as Lucy begins to envision a new life for herself, the past catches up with her. Lucy would give up every penny to have her old life back ---- but just as she's ready to cash it all in, fate has one last surprise in store for her... one that will show her exactly what she's worth.

Click Here for the reading group guide.

For Christian Readers

New Christian Guides:
  • One Holy Night by J. M. Hochstetler
  • It's Not About Me: Second Glances Series, Book 1 by Michelle Sutton

  • Registered Book Club Promotion

    For November we have a very special opportunity for Registered Book Groups. Our featured title this month is While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky. Groups who have registered with us by Friday, November 14th have the chance to win free books for their entire group. If your group is not registered, click here to register.

    New Guides

    Oprah's Book Club Selection
    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

    This month's prize:
    The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama



    Blogger kucole said...

    Kevin Milne, author of “The Paper Bag Christmas,” will be doing a live, online chat with readers and fans on Nov. 19 from 2-3 p.m. EST at He’ll be talking about his book and his writing. The chat is open to anyone and can be accessed by logging on at
    Hope you can join!

    November 13, 2008 at 1:11 PM  

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