Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February 2009

Special Feature

Hey Book Clubs! Join the Circus!

Enter the Water for Elephants Sweepstakes, sponsored by PARADE Magazine, for a chance to win an exciting trip for you and your book club (maximum five members). You could be whisked off to a mountain getaway weekend in Asheville, North Carolina where you'll meet and dine with author Sara Gruen. The prize includes two nights lodging at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, round-trip airfare to Asheville, dinner with the author, and signed copies of Water for Elephants! The sweepstakes ends on March 6, 2009.

See official rules and enter today at www.parade.com/elephants.

New and Recommended Fiction

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford

"An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut."
-- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a love story about two people who come from totally different worlds. Their story is about the conflicts between generations and cultures and how decades later they can heal the barriers and betrayals that separate them.

Inspired by history and his own family story, Jamie Ford's debut novel is a perfect read for book clubs and introduces a talented new literary voice.

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Things I Want My Daughters to Know
by Elizabeth Noble

Now Available in Paperback:
Now available in paperback, this heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates family, friends... and the glorious, endless possibilities of life.

When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they'll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do? By drawing on the wisdom in Barbara's letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss.

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Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

From the 1940s to the present; from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for Yemen; from an operating room in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx: an epic debut novel of doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile --- and a riveting family story that grabs you from the first page and never lets you go.

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A Pigeon and a Boy
by Meir Shalev

Now Available in Paperback:
Now in paperback, the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer's mesmerizing novel --- two love stories separated by half a century, yet connected by a single wondrous act of devotion. During Israel's 1948 War of Independence --- when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages --- a gifted young bird handler dispatches one last pigeon moments before his death. The bird carries his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence --- a gift that will bear unexpected fruit half a century later.

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The Wilderness
by Samantha Harvey

It's Jake's birthday. He is sitting in a small plane, being flown over the landscape that has been the backdrop to his life --- his childhood, his marriage, his work, his passions. Now he is in his mid-60s, and he isn't quite the man he used to be. He has lost his wife, his son is in prison, and he is about to lose his past. Jake has Alzheimer's.

Arrestingly understated and wise, The Wilderness is a courageous novel from an extraordinarily gifted writer.

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A Version of the Truth
by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

Now Available in Paperback:
In the wilds of Topanga Canyon, Cassie Shaw has always felt right at home in the midst of nature, but everywhere else, life seems to be a little harder. At the age of 30, newly single and without a college degree, Cassie is in serious need of a paycheck. So in a desperate move, she lies on her resume when applying for an office job at an elite university. When she finds herself employed by two eccentric professors, Cassie begins to reinvent herself --- and soon encounters some very unexpected consequences.

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Lethal Legacy
by Linda Fairstein

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen. As Alex pursues the murderer, she is drawn into the strange and privileged world of the Hunt family, major benefactors of the New York Public Library and passionate rare book collectors.

Click Here for the reading group guide.
Click here to see our Suspense/Thriller feature for Linda Fairstein and Lethal Legacy on Bookreporter.com.

For Christian Readers

New Christian Guides
  • Against All Odds: Heroes of Quantico Series, Book 1 by Irene Hannon
  • Age Before Beauty: Sister-to-Sister, Book 2 by Virginia Smith
  • Eve: A Novel of the First Woman by Elissa Elliott
  • Kiss Me if You Dare: A Patricia Amble Mystery by Nicole Young
  • Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark

  • Registered Book Club Promotion

    For February we have two very special opportunities for Registered Book Groups. Our featured titles this month are Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock and Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark. Groups who have registered with us by Monday, February 16th have the chance to win author chats and/or free books. If your group is not registered, click here to register.

    Click here for details.

    New Guides

    Now Available in Paperback

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

    This month's prize:
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

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