Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 2011

The following features and discussion guides began running on ReadingGroupGuides.com on Thursday, January 6th.

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

-Night Road by Kristin Hannah
-Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
-The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
-The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
-The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice
-Still Alice by Lisa Genova

-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
-The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
-The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

New and Recommended Fiction

Win a Paperback Copy of WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah for Your Group
We are celebrating the paperback release of Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah --- a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond --- with a special contest. 50 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, February 2nd at noon ET.

More about Winter Garden:
Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

Win an Advance Copy of JOY FOR BEGINNERS by Erica Bauermeister for Your Group
We are previewing the forthcoming release of Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister --- a lyrical novel about friends who celebrate life by facing their biggest fears --- with a special contest. 100 readers will have the opportunity to each win one advance copy of the book, which will be in stores June 9, 2011, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 2nd at noon ET.

More about Joy for Beginners:
On a rare gloriously sunny day in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer. Wine glass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she’ll do the one thing that’s always terrified her --- white water rafting. But if she goes, each of them will also do one thing they always swore they’d never do --- and Kate is going to choose their adventure, from getting a tattoo to learning to bake bread to reconciling with a former friend.

Win an Advance Copy of PLANTING DANDELIONS by Kyran Pittman for Your Group
We are previewing the spring release of Planting Dandelions: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman --- an entertaining tribute to choosing the white picket fence over all the other options available --- 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 28, 2011, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 2nd at noon ET.

More about Planting Dandelions:
A regular contributor to Good Housekeeping, Kyran Pittman is well loved because she is funny and honest and self-deprecating, because her own household is in chaos (“semi-domesticated”) and because she inspires readers in their own domestic lives. In these 18 linked, chronological essays, Pittman covers the first 12 years of becoming a family, writing candidly and hilariously about things like learning to maintain a marriage over time; dealing with the challenges of sex after childbirth; saying goodbye to her younger self and embracing the still attractive, 40-year-old version; and trying to “recession-proof” her family.

Win a Copy of THE THINGS THAT NEED DOING by Sean Manning for Your Group
We are celebrating the release of The Things That Need Doing by Sean Manning --- the tender, emotional memoir of a son’s indestructible love for his hospitalized mother --- with a special contest. 25 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, February 2nd at noon ET.

More about The Things That Need Doing:
5:38 p.m. It was the precise moment Sean Manning was born and the time each year that his mother wished him happy birthday. But just before he turned 27, their tradition collapsed. A heart attack landed his mom in the hospital and uprooted Manning from his life in New York. What followed was a testament to a family’s indestructible bond --- a life-changing odyssey that broke a boy and made a man --- captured here in Manning’s indelible memoir.

Win a Copy of THE GOLDEN PRINCE by Rebecca Dean for Your Group

We are celebrating the release of The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean --- a rich historical novel about a prince torn between his first love and his obligations to the throne --- with a special contest. 25 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, February 2nd at noon ET.

More about The Golden Prince:
It’s 1912, and 17-year-old Prince Edward, England’s Golden Prince of Wales, is feeling the burden of his position. As heir to the greatest throne in the world, he hates the constrictions and superficial demands of his royal life. His father, King George, is a harsh disciplinarian, and his mother, Queen Mary, is reserved and cold. Other than his siblings, he has no friends and despairs at his isolation and loneliness. However, when unexpected circumstances bring him to Snowberry Manor, home of the four Houghton sisters, his life suddenly seems more interesting.

New and Recommended - Fiction

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Now Available in Paperback:

In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and regarding her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

Prayers and Lies by Sherri Wood Emmons
When seven-year-old Bethany meets her six-year-old cousin Reana Mae, it's the beginning of a kinship of misfits that saves both from a bone-deep loneliness. Every summer, Bethany and her family leave Indianapolis for West Virginia's Coal River Valley. For Bethany's mother, the trips are a reminder of the coalmines and grinding poverty of her childhood, of a place she'd hoped to escape. But her loving relatives, and Bethany's friendship with Reana Mae, keep them coming back.

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros
New York Times
bestselling author Teresa Medeiros absolutely dazzles in this quick-witted, laugh-out-loud funny, and highly moving love story that will set readers' hearts atwitter. Abigail Donovan has a lot of stuff she should be doing. Namely writing her next novel. A bestselling author who is still recovering from a near Pulitzer Prize win and the heady success that follows Oprah's stamp of approval, she is stuck at Chapter Five and losing confidence daily. But when her publicist signs her up for a Twitter account, she's intrigued. What's all the fuss?

Tales from the Yoga Studio by Rain Mitchell
The yoga studio is where daily cares are set aside, mats are unfurled, and physical exertion leads to well-being, renewal and friendship. An aggressively expanding chain of Los Angeles yoga "experience centers" has Lee and her extraordinary teaching abilities in its sights. They woo her with a lucrative contract, a trademarked name for her classes, and a place for her handsome musician husband. But accepting the contract means abandoning the students at the homey studio Lee runs in L.A.'s Silver Lake district --- and leaving behind four women whose friendships are suddenly more important to her than retirement benefits and a salary increase.

For Christian Readers

Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart: A middle child struggles to keep her family together in the face of the Great Depression, alcoholism, and her oblivious sisters.
Fatal Judgment: Guardians of Justice, Book 1
by Irene Hannon: A U.S. Marshal must put his personal feelings for a prominent judge aside when he’s charged with protecting her.
Lady in the Mist: The Midwives, Book 1
by Laurie Alice Eakes: A midwife and a nobleman become entangled in a murderous plot and must begin to trust each other, despite their long-held secrets.
The Search: Lancaster Country Secrets, Book 3
by Suzanne Woods Fisher: Two women fall for the same man on an Amish farm where work --- not love --- is the top priority.
Stars Collide: Backstage Pass, Book 1
by Janice Thompson: Two Hollywood co-stars desperately try to keep their real-life romance off camera, evading nosy parents and paparazzi along the way.

Registered Book Club Promotions

For January we have a very special opportunity for Registered Book Groups. Our featured title this month is The Collectibles by James J. Kaufman. Groups who have registered with us by Tuesday, January 18th have the chance to win an author chat and/or free books.

Click here for details.

New Guides

Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire
by Ruth Downie: The newest novel in the bestselling Medicus series, featuring death, taxes and angry barbarians.
The Collectibles by James J. Kaufman: An attorney makes an unusual compensation request of a wealthy client in hopes of changing his narcissist ways.
Dina’s Lost Tribe by Brigitte Goldstein: An American historian's search for her mythical birthplace leads her to a mountaintop utopia and the passionate world of a medieval Jewess.
Falling Sideways
by Thomas E. Kennedy: By the author of the acclaimed In the Company of Angels, a rollicking, cross-generational satire of work, love and family, grounded in the rubble of a downsizing company.
The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean: The Golden Prince, set in 1912, is a wildly entertaining novel rich in historical detail that will mesmerize readers and leave them begging for more.
Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros: A quick-witted, laugh-out-loud funny, and highly moving love story that will set readers’ hearts atwitter.
Joy for Beginners
by Erica Bauermeister: Shimmering with warmth, wit and insight, Joy for Beginners is a celebration of life; unexpected, lyrical and deeply satisfying.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson: A retired military officer finds an unlikely friend --- and maybe more --- in a young Pakistani store clerk.
The Orchid Affair
by Lauren Willig: A governess trades the quiet life for adventure and danger --- and romance --- in this latest installment to Lauren Willig’s beloved and bestselling Pink Carnation series.
Planting Dandelions: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman: From a fresh new talent, celebrating the joys and trials of a new generation of parents, Planting Dandelions is an entertaining tribute to choosing the white picket fence over all the other options available.
Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
by Claire Dederer: For anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground, Poser is an irreverent and essential memoir about yoga, motherhood, daughterhood, and the joys of an imperfect life.
Prayers and Lies by Sherri Wood Emmons: Spanning four decades, this debut is a haunting, captivating novel about a young woman crossing into adulthood and confronting her small town’s troubled past.

Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag: The second thriller in the Deeper than the Dead microseries explores the early days of forensic investigation, the characteristics of innocence --- and the nature of evil.
Tales from the Yoga Studio by Rain Mitchell: A sparkling new series introducing five unforgettable women who flock to yoga at turning points in their lives and find the gift of lasting friendship.
Terra Incognita: A Novel of the Roman Empire
by Ruth Downie: In this highly anticipated sequel to Ruth Downie's New York Times bestselling debut, beloved army doctor Gaius Petrius Ruso strikes out for the uncivilized borders of Roman Britain, where he runs into murder and the ghosts of his vexingly beautiful slave Tilla's past.
Then Came the Evening
by Brian Hart: An unflinchingly, gorgeously written literary debut from a writer earning comparisons to Cormac McCarthy.
The Things That Need Doing: A Memoir by Sean Manning: Sean Manning’s indelible memoir, The Things That Need Doing, is a testament to one family’s indestructible bond --- at once a tragic and uplifting life-changing odyssey.
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah: Two sisters reunite to care for their ailing father and learn about their cantankerous mother’s past.


Oprah's Book Club Selection

A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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