Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 2011

March 2011


The following features and discussion guides began running on ReadingGroupGuides.com on Wednesday, March 9th.

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

-The Help by Kathryn Stockett
-The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
-The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
-The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
-Caribou Island by David Vann
-Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
-Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
-The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman

Win a Copy of HOME TO WOEFIELD by Susan Juby for Your Group
We are celebrating the release of Home to Woefield by Susan Juby --- a wry, witty look at a neglected farm and its creatures, and the hopeful young woman determined to turn it all around  --- with a special contest. 15 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, April 6th at noon ET.

More about Home to Woefield:
Prudence Burns, a well-intentioned New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, just inherited Woefield Farm --- 30 acres of scrubland, dilapidated buildings, and one half-sheared sheep. But the bank is about to foreclose, so Prudence must turn things around fast! Fortunately she'll have help from Earl, her banjo-playing foreman with a family secret; Seth, the neighbor who hasn't left the house since a high school scandal; and Sara Spratt, an 11-year-old who's looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens. Home to Woefield is about learning how to take on a challenge, face your fears, and find friendship in the most unlikely of places.

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

Win a Paperback Copy of WOMEN FOOD AND GOD by Geneen Roth for Your Group
We are celebrating the paperback release of Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth --- a timeless and seminal work that shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul  --- 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, April 6th at noon ET.

More about Women Food and God:
No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all. After three decades of studying, teaching and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.  

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


New and Recommended - Fiction

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community. When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she’s born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can’t do it alone. Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors. But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it’s up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

Click here for the reading group guide.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
Now Available in Paperback:
Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie --- a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have little in common, aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined. This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

Click here for the reading group guide.

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
Maxwell Sim can’t seem to make a single meaningful connection. His absent father was always more interested in poetry; he maintains an e-mail correspondence with his estranged wife, though under a false identity; his incomprehensible teenage daughter prefers her BlackBerry to his conversation; and his best friend since childhood is refusing to return his calls. He has 74 friends on Facebook, but nobody to talk to. A humane satire and modern-day picaresque, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is a gently comic and rollickingly entertaining novel about the paradoxical difficulties of making genuine attachments in a world of advanced communications technology and rampant social networking.

Click here for the reading group guide.

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father's greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.

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Becoming George Sand by Rosalind Brackenbury

Now Available in Paperback:
Maria Jameson is having an affair --- a passionate, life-changing affair. She asks: Is it possible to love two men at once? Must this new romance mean an end to love with her husband? Here, Rosalind Brackenbury creates a beautiful portrait of the ways in which women are connected across history. Two narratives delicately intertwine --- following George through her affair with Frederic Chopin, following Maria through her affair with an Irish professor --- and bring us a novel that explores the personal and the historical, the demands of self and the mysteries of the heart.

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Blood Covenant: Mission Hope Series, Book 2 by Lisa Harris
From the explosive first pages, Lisa Harris weaves a tale of heart-stopping suspense and adventure with her second book in the Mission Hope series. When fighting erupts between government forces and renegade Ghost Soldiers deep within the Republic of Dhambizao, thousands are forced to leave their homes. When it's discovered that one of the refugees is carrying an infectious disease, the harrowing conditions worsen. In desperate need of vaccines and the Ghost Soldiers blocking the only road out until their demands for amnesty are met, it won't be long before the disease is out of control...and there is nowhere to run.

Click here for the reading group guide.


New and Recommended - Nonfiction

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
Now Available in Paperback:
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the 12 months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

Click here for the reading group guide.

Now Available in Paperback:
For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. By 1955, the year of Wendy's birth, the Burdens were on the verge of financial and moral decline. We watch Wendy's family unravel as she travels between Fifth Avenue, Virginia horse country, Mount Desert Island in Maine, the Jupiter Island Club, London, and boarding school, coming through all of it surprisingly intact. Rife with humor, heartbreak, family intrigue and booze, Dead End Gene Pool offers a glimpse into the eccentric excess of old money and gives truth to the old maxim: The rich are different.

Click here for the reading group guide.


For Christian Readers

Bake Until Golden: The Potluck Catering Club, Book 4
by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson: When a shocking event rocks their small town, the ladies of the Potluck Catering Club are stunned --- especially when the fingers start pointing at one of them. Will old friends stick together through their trials? Or will they be torn apart by tragedy?

Bathsheba: The Wives of King David, Book 3
by Jill Eileen Smith: With her husband away fighting the king’s wars, loneliness claws at Bathsheba’s soul --- and makes it frighteningly easy to succumb to the advances of King David.

Love Amid the Ashes
by Mesu Andrews: Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of Job and Dinah, breathing life, romance and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.

Registered Book Club Promotions

For March we have two very special opportunities for Registered Book Groups. Our featured titles this month are The Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey and Blood Covenant: Mission Hope Series, Book 2  by Lisa Harris. Groups who have registered with us by Tuesday, March 22nd have the chance to win an author chat and/or free books. If your group is not registered, click here (http://www.readinggroupguides.com/groupreg/) to register.

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New Guides

13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro: An American professor in Paris falls in love with two women, one of whom he can only imagine, in this magical debut novel.

And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road
by Margaret Roach: A beautifully written memoir, And I Shall Have Some Peace There follows the journey of a woman who leaves her big city corporate life to find solitude and authenticity in nature.

Bake Until Golden: The Potluck Catering Club, Book 4
by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson: When a shocking event rocks their small town, the ladies of the Potluck Catering Club are stunned --- especially when the fingers start pointing at one of them. Will old friends stick together through their trials? Or will they be torn apart by tragedy?

Bathsheba: The Wives of King David, Book 3
by Jill Eileen Smith: With her husband away fighting the king’s wars, loneliness claws at Bathsheba’s soul --- and makes it frighteningly easy to succumb to the advances of King David.

Becoming George Sand
by Rosalind Brackenbury: Maria Jameson is having an affair --- a passionate, life-changing affair. She asks: Is it possible to love two men at once? Must this new romance mean an end to love with her husband?

Blood Covenant: Mission Hope Series, Book 2 by Lisa Harris: From the explosive first pages, Lisa Harris weaves a tale of heart-stopping suspense and adventure with her second book in the Mission Hope Series.

Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist's Own Story
by Loren A. Olson, M.D.: A powerful exploration of human sexuality particularly that of mature men who, like Dr. Olson, lived a large part of their lives as straight men.

Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts: A fascinating look at America's most storied black community, past and present, from a vastly talented young writer.

Home to Woefield
by Susan Juby: A hilarious, wildly original, and wonderfully insightful tale of a not-so-ordinary life down on the farm.

House Divided
by Raul Ramos y Sanchez: The struggle that divided a nation now threatens to divide a family in this second novel from award-winning author Raul Ramos y Sanchez.

Invisible River
by Helena McEwen: The American debut of a remarkable talent --- a mesmerizing novel of a young painter’s coming-of-age, of family ties and first love.

The Linen Queen
by Patricia Falvey: A beauty queen hopes to use her prize money to escape her dreary hometown in Northern Ireland until the outbreak of World War II interrupts her plans.

Love Amid the Ashes
by Mesu Andrews: Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of Job and Dinah, breathing life, romance and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.

Love, Honor, and Betray
by Kimberla Lawson Roby: In this eighth installment of the Reverend Curtis Black series, Curtis and Charlotte find themselves at total odds with one another --- yet again.

A Matter of Conscience: Redemption of a Hometown Hero, Bobby Hoppe
by Sherry Lee Hoppe and Dennie B. Burke: A wife reflects on her husband’s fateful choice that forever changed a small Southern town.

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale
by Carolyn Turgeon: A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose.

Minding Frankie
by Maeve Binchy: Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

The Sea Captain’s Wife
by Beth Powning: A young girl imagines a wondrous life at sea when she enlists upon a ship, and soon catches the captain’s eye.

Snowdrops
by A.D. Miller: An intense psychological drama that echoes sophisticated entertainments like Gorky Park and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Something Red
by Jennifer Gilmore: A poignant story of husbands and wives, parents and children, activists and spies, Something Red is a masterly novel that unfurls with suspense, humor and insight.

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
by Jonathan Coe: A humane satire and modern-day picaresque, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is a gently comic and rollickingly entertaining novel about the paradoxical difficulties of making genuine attachments in a world of advanced communications technology and rampant social networking.

Tiger, Tiger
by Margaux Fragoso: Margaux Fragoso reflects on her traumatic childhood as a sexual predator stalked and manipulated both her and her mother.

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
by Geneen Roth: A timeless and seminal work, Women Food and God shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul --- to the bright center of your own life.

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