Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 2010

The following features and discussion guides began running on on Wednesday, December 1st.

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

-Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
-Deep Down True by Juliette Fay
-Shelter Me by Juliette Fay
-Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel
-Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
-The Wave: In Search of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
-One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
-A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic

New and Recommended Fiction

Stay With Me by Sandra Barron Rodriguez
In 1979, five toddlers were found alone in a luxury boat tied to a dock in Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane. No one knew who they were or where they came from. Raised by different families, they remained connected by a special bond --- always considering themselves siblings, despite their unknown blood relations. Intensely gripping and lyrically written, Stay with Me is a magnificent blend of romance, suspense, atmosphere and intrigue that brilliantly explores the true meaning of family and the remarkable ways a personal history can paint a future.

-Click here for the reading group guide.

Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello
Gracie Lynne Calloway --- once left in a coal bucket on a front porch in a small Alabama town --- discovers on her 25th birthday that she is the kidnapped daughter of a late New England financier and heiress to a fortune. When the tabloid press and her unwanted greedy relatives descend on her, she has to admit the quiet secure life she's known and loved is gone for good. As Gracie struggles to stabilize her world and come to terms with her new identity, she learns that belonging is not about where you came from but who you are.

-Click here for the reading group guide.

New Guides

Cleaving: A Story of Meat, Marriage, and Obsession by Julie Powell: Food once saved the life of the bestselling author of Julie and Julia, but now will it save her marriage?
Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin: Inspector John Rebus explores Edinburgh’s seedy underbelly of sex, crime and power --- and crosses too many familiar faces.
The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin: Inspector John Rebus races the clock to uncover the bizarre death of a diplomat during an international political summit.
A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin: A former solider murders two teenagers and the Army tries to cover up the crime --- until Inspector John Rebus comes on the scene.
Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin: Inspector John Rebus straddles a dangerously thin line between good guys and bad cops, when two murder inquiries cross paths.
Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello: A young woman abandoned as an infant on an Alabama porch is horrified to discover that she is the missing heiress to a vast Connecticut fortune --- a birthright she is desperate to reject in favor of her Peachtree Lane roots.
So Many Ways to Begin
by Jon McGregor: A museum curator searches for answers to his true identity after learning he was adopted.
Stay with Me
by Sandra Rodriguez Barron: Five shipwrecked toddlers approach adulthood, all linked by the devastating events that will forever bind them together.
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women by Deborah J. Swiss: A true story about ordinary women who became extraordinary as they triumphed over tragedy, relying on their strength and resiliency alongside friendships with one another.
You Were Wrong by Matthew Sharpe: Darkly funny and original, You Were Wrong is a surreal detective story told with heart, wit and a singular voice.

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

La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith: From the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series comes a delightful story about the restorative powers of friendship and music.
Rainwater by Sandra Brown: From acclaimed bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a powerfully moving novel celebrating the gifts, generosity and foresight of a great bygone generation.
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: The bestselling author of The Historian returns with a tale of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

The following guide is now available for Christian book groups:

Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson: A woman recently released from prison unexpectedly finds herself cast as Mrs. Santa at a department store.

Oprah's Book Club Selection

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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