Monday, May 16, 2011

May 2011

We are celebrating the release of The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls --- a smart, funny, eye-opening tale of love, marriage, and the power of stories to unlock the true meaning of home and family --- with a special contest. 15 readers will have the opportunity to each win one copy of the book, which will be in stores May 10th, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 8th at noon ET.
More about The Ninth Wife:
Bess Gray is a 35-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist living in Washington, DC. Just as she's about to give up all hope of marriage, she meets Rory, a charming Irish musician, and they fall in love. But Rory is a man with a secret, which he confesses to Bess when he asks for her hand: He's been married eight times before. Shocked, Bess embarks on a quest she feels she must undertake before she can give him an answer. With her bickering grandparents (married 65 years), her gay neighbor (himself a mystery), a shar-pei named Stella, and a mannequin named Peace, Bess sets out on a cross-country journey --- unbeknownst to Rory --- to seek out and question the wives who came before. What she discovers about her own past is far more than she bargained for.
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We are celebrating the forthcoming release of The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen --- a gorgeous, absorbing, intricately told tale of one family on the brink of collapse --- with a special contest. 100 readers will have the opportunity to each win one advance copy of the book, which will be in stores September 15th, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 8th at noon ET.
More about The Grief of Others:
In the tradition of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, a gripping, generous and provocative novel chronicling the grief that follows the death of a newborn --- and leads to a family’s emotional reawakening. Moving, psychologically acute and gorgeously written, The Grief of Others is Leah Hager Cohen at the height of her talent in what is sure to be her breakout book, one that forces readers to ask themselves: What would I have done? The Grief of Others exposes the paradox that facing tragedy together can in fact awaken us to our better selves and take us from fear to a place of hope and optimism.
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New and Recommended - Fiction

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum
Now Available in Paperback
As a teenager, Karena Jorge had always been the one to look out for her twin brother Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder. But as Charles begins to refuse medication and his manic tendencies worsen, Karena finds herself caught between her loyalty to her brother and her fear for his life. Always obsessed with the weather --- enraptured by its magical unpredictability that seemed to mirror his own impulses --- Charles starts chasing storms, and his behavior grows increasingly erratic…until a terrifying storm chase with Karena ends with deadly consequences, tearing the twins apart and changing both of their lives forever.

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Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart
Now Available in Paperback
Sarah Price has never regretted trading her MFA for a steady job so that her husband, Nathan, could write fiction. But at age 35, her world is turned upside-down by a shocking revelation: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based on fact. Reeling from his betrayal, Sarah is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know her husband? More important, how well does she know herself?

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As Queen Catherine's maid and daughter of the Duke of Buckingham, the future seems bright for Elizabeth Stafford. But when her father gives her hand to Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk, the spirited young woman must sacrifice all for duty. Yet Elizabeth is surprised by her passion for her powerful new husband. And when he takes on a mistress, she is determined to fight for her love and her honor…

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New and Recommended - Nonfiction

Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age 10, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age 22 her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach. And then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the day she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed.

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Click here to see our Paperback Spotlight feature for The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness on

The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner
With their 30th birthdays looming, Jen, Holly and Amanda are feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones --- score the big promotion, find a soul mate, have 2.2 kids. Instead, they make a pact to quit their jobs, leave behind everything familiar, and embark on a yearlong round-the-world search for inspiration and direction. Traveling 60,000 miles across four continents, Jen, Holly and Amanda push themselves far outside their comfort zones to embrace every adventure.

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For Christian Readers

The Gift: Chiveis Trilogy, Book 2 by Bryan M. Litfin: A retelling of popular Bible parables set in a fantastical land.

A Great Catch: Lake Manawa Summers, Book 2
by Lorna Seilstad: An ambitious young woman becomes interested in a local baseball heartthrob while on summer vacation.

A Heart Divided: Heart of the Rockies, Book 1
by Kathleen Morgan: A daughter becomes embroiled in a family feud for ranch land, and the target of the sheriff’s investigation.

A Killer Among Us: Women of Justice, Book 3
by Lynette Eason: A hostage negotiator and detective are ensnared in a deadly plot that targets them.

Lilies in Moonlight
by Allison Pittman: A young woman stumbles upon a war-ravaged mansion and curmudgeonly veteran, and makes it her mission to fix both.

My Foolish Heart: Deep Haven, Book 4
by Susan May Warren: A radio host begins falling in love with one of her regular callers, who happens to be an Iraq war veteran.

Registered Book Club Promotions

For May we have one very special opportunity for Registered Book Groups. Our featured title this month is The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas. Groups who have registered with us by Tuesday, May 17th have the chance to win an author chat and/or free books. If your group is not registered, click here to register.

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New Guides

The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas: From the New York Times bestselling author of Whiter Than Snow and Prayers for Sale comes a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of Colorado women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride’s House.

The Council of Dads: A Story of Family, Friendship & Learning How to Live by Bruce Feiler: Bestselling author Bruce Feiler chronicles his diagnosis and fight with cancer, and his decision to form a council of fathers to help raise his young daughters.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin: Two boyhood friends from opposite sides of town are linked by an unspeakable tragedy that remains unresolved decades later.

The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick: A mother and daughter cross the country in hopes of breaking into the fashion industry in New York City circa 1890.

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp: A young professional finds herself living in a camper after the economic collapse of 2008.

The Great Night by Chris Adrian: An innovative and daring retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream told in the present day.

The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen: The death of a newborn shatters family members, and then teaches them to share one another's burdens.

Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart: A groom confesses his infidelity on the eve of his wedding, and his bride reconsiders their past, present and future.

The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner: Three friends celebrate their 30th birthdays by embarking on an around the world adventure.

Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee: An ambitious small-town girl flees an arranged marriage and finds herself having all sorts of adventures --- professional, social and sexual --- in Bangalore.

The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls: The Ninth Wife is a smart, funny, eye-opening tale of love, marriage, and the power of stories to unlock the true meaning of home and family.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet
by Melissa Fay Greene: A journalist writes about her family’s plans to adopt several children from impoverished nations.

Rivals in the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan: Intrigue and romance among British royalty during Henry VIII’s tumultuous rule.

Skinny by Diana Spechler: A grieving twenty-something takes a job at a camp for obese kids, only to find herself entangled in a web of family lies.

The Summer of Us by Holly Chamberlin: Three strangers share a summer rental on Martha’s Vineyard, and find they have much in common despite their different backgrounds.

When God Was a Rabbit
by Sarah Winman: A family saga unfolds across generations and continents as a brother and sister learn secrets about their family.

When We Danced on Water
by Evan Fallenberg: A prominent choreographer seeks to leave his rakish ways behind him, until he meets a seductive waitress.

A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford: A hedge fund employee finds himself caught between career and personal aspirations when he’s charged with a delicate, international task.


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