Friday, November 5, 2010

November 2010

The following features and discussion guides began running on ReadingGroupGuides.com on Wednesday, November 3rd.

The titles below are also mentioned in the ReadingGroupGuides.com Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

-Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
-Still Alice by Lisa Genova
-Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
-The Brave by Nicholas Evans
-Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
-The Wave: In Search of Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
-The Night Bookmobile by Audrey NIffenegger
-The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
-Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenenegger
-The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
-Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
-Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons From My Grandmothers by Adrianna Trigiani
-Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Special Features and Contests

Win a Paperback Copy of SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman for Your Group

We are celebrating the paperback release of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman --- a young girl’s emotional coming-of-age story in the South during the civil rights movement --- with a special contest. 25 readers will have the opportunity to each win one paperback copy of the book, which is in stores now, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 1st at noon ET.

More about Saving CeeCee Honeycutt:
Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille --- the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town --- a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

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to read all the contest details.
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Win an Advance Copy of THE UNCOUPLING by Meg Wolitzer for Your Group

We are previewing next year’s release of The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer --- a novel from the bestselling author of The Ten-Year Nap about love lives gone awry at a high school --- with a special contest. 100 readers will have the opportunity to each win one advance copy of the book, which will be in stores April 5, 2011, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 1st at noon ET.

More about The Uncoupling:
When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play “Lysistrata” --- the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war --- a strange spell seems to be cast over the school. Or, at least, over the women. One by one throughout the high school community, perfectly healthy, normal women and teenage girls turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don't really understand. As the women worry over their loss of passion, and the men become by turns unhappy, offended, and above all, confused, both sides are forced to look at their shared history, and at their sexual selves in a new light.

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Win an Advance Copy of THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown for Your Group

We are previewing next year’s release of The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown --- a debut novel about the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home --- with a special contest. 100 readers will have the opportunity to each win one advance copy of the book, which will be in stores January 20, 2011, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 1st at noon ET.

More about The Weird Sisters:
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from --- one another, their small hometown, and themselves --- might offer more than they ever expected.

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New and Recommended – Nonfiction
Now Available in Paperback: JUSTICE: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel
Harvard government professor Michael J. Sandel dazzles in this sweeping survey of hot topics --- the recent government bailouts, the draft, surrogate pregnancies, same-sex marriage, immigration reform and reparations for slavery --- that situates various sides in the debates in the context of timeless philosophical questions and movements.

-Click here to register for a special web even with Michael J. Sandel.
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My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
Beloved, bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.


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New and Recommended Fiction

In Paperback November 9th: Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
When Valentine's grandmother begins a new life in Italy, she places Valentine and her nemesis, her brother Alfred, "the Prince," as partners at the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of handcrafted wedding shoes since 1903. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she unearths a long-buried family secret and finds herself torn between a past love that nurtured her and a new one that promises to sustain her, in this follow-up to Very Valentine.

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The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry
In The Perfect Love Song, Patti Callahan Henry tells the story of Jimmy Sullivan, who has been living on the road with his brother, Jack, and their band The Unknown Souls. The road is Jimmy’s only home and music his only savior until he falls in love with a beautiful girl, Charlotte Carrington. Spending time with Charlotte inspires Jimmy to write a love song for her, which becomes an overnight sensation and is dubbed “The Perfect Love Song.”

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Compass Rose by John Casey
It’s been more than two decades since Spartina won the National Book Award and was acclaimed by critics as being “possibly the best American novel…since The Old Man and the Sea” (The New York Times Book Review). But in this extraordinary follow-up novel, barely any time has passed in the magical landscape of salt ponds and marshes in John Casey’s fictional Rhode Island estuary. With an uncanny ability to plunge confidently and unwaveringly into the thoughts and desires of women --- mothers, daughters, wives, lovers --- Casey astonishes us again with the power of a family saga.

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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other --- or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik, a Czech always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results. The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.

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New Guides

Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani: Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with her second installment in her popular Valentine series, which finds Valentine on her way to South America.
The Brave
by Nicholas Evans: The beloved author of The Horse Whisperer returns to the American West with a filmmaker trying to make amends with his tangled past.
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff: Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff explores the exotic, mysterious life of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile.
Compass Rose by John Casey: John Casey returns to the Rhode Island estuary that was the setting for his acclaimed novel, Spartina.
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson: This year’s Man Booker Prize winner follows three friends as they retrace missteps through their personal lives.
Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage
by Hazel Rowley: An intimate look at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency and the influence of his wife, Eleanor.
In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide
by Nancy Rappaport: A professor of psychiatry at Harvard explores her mother’s devastating suicide and the factors that motivated it.
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J. Sandel: Inspired by Michael J. Sandel’s popular Harvard class, Justice raises a number of philosophical and moral dilemmas.
Lady in Waiting
by Susan Meissner: The lives of two women are linked across centuries when one finds a ring with a strange inscription in modern-day Manhattan.
Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir
by Kaylie Jones: A memoir of growing up as part of the New York City literati.
My Reading Life
by Pat Conroy: The beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini discusses the books and writers that influenced his life and shaped his career.|
Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
by Larry Levin: The heartwarming story of Oogy, a badly beaten puppy on the brink of death rescued by Larry Levin’s family.
The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story
by Patti Callahan Henry: A struggling singer writes “the perfect love song” and finds fame and fortune, but not the lady who inspired the hit.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: A young girl is taken in by her raucos aunt and receives an education from the citizens of a Southern town during the civil rights movement.
Spooner
by Pete Dexter: A man and his stepfather try to form a relationship despite their many differences, opinions and lifestyles.
Stronger Than Sin
by Caridad Piñeiro: A doctor’s cutting-edge procedure gives an NFL star superhuman powers.
The True Memoirs of Little K
by Adrienne Sharp: A former top ballerina in the Russian ballet recounts her life, career, romances and the cutthroat dancing world.
The Uncoupling
by Meg Wolitzer: The love lives of high school students, teachers and faculty are turned upside down when they begin rehearsing a classic play.
The Weird Sisters
by Eleanor Brown: Three sisters return home to their ailing mother and Shakespeare-obsessed father to confront each other and their pasts.
The Wolves of Andover
by Kathleen Kent: Newlyweds in colonial Massachusetts confront the rugged landscape, woodlands predators and assassins seeking revenge.

Please note that these titles, for which we already had the guides when they appeared in hardcover, are now available in paperback:

Deeper Than Dead by Tami Hoag
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky
Notes Left Behind by Brooke and Keith Desserich
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

The following new guide is now available for Christian book groups:

Almost Heaven
by Chris Fabry
Code Triage: Mercy Hospital Series, Book 3 by Candace Calvert
Emily’s Chance: The Callahans of Texas, Book 2 by Sharon Gillenwater
Pursuit of Justice: Call of Duty Series, Book 3 by DiAnn Mills

Oprah's Book Club Selection
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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