Monthly Contest: What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?
This month's prize book is MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, the first book in Elena Ferrante's acclaimed Neapolitan series. It's the ravishing story of Elena and Lila, two girls who learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, as their friendship, beautifully and meticulously rendered, becomes a not always perfect shelter from hardship. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 7th at noon ET.
We are celebrating the release of THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN --- #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory's riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name --- by giving away five copies of the book. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 7th at noon ET.
Beryl Markham's unconventional upbringing transforms her into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart.
Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don’t care about books the way they did back in Iran, Azar Nafisi energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels, Nafisi invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.
When Judy Carrier begins an investigation into the murder of Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, she discovers a shocking truth that confounds her expectations and leads her in a completely different direction. Before she knows it, she finds herself plunged into a shadowy world of people who are so desperate that they cannot go to the police. Judy finds strength within herself to try to get justice for Iris and her aunt --- but it comes at a terrible price.
The Sparrow Sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Patience Sparrow is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when her herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear --- and its 300-year-old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens.
From one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, comes this ravishing and generous-hearted novel about Elena and Lila, two girls who learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, as their friendship, beautifully and meticulously rendered, becomes a not always perfect shelter from hardship.
The stories in this animal's-eye-view of humans is a remarkable literary achievement --- the souls of 10 animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century and connected to both famous and little-known writers in surprising ways tell their astonishing stories of life and death.
When 16-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of a popular boy whose body was found at a girls’ boarding school a year earlier, Detective Stephen Moran joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to investigate --- and learns that the private underworld of teenage girls is more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined.
Echoing the novels of Mary Alice Monroe, Allie Larkin and Holly Robinson, this charming debut novel tells the unforgettable story of a rescue dog that helps a struggling young outsider make peace with the past.
With echoes of the alchemy of PRACTICAL MAGIC, the lushness of SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT and the darkly joyful wickedness of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, Ellen Herrick’s debut novel spins an enchanting love story about a place where magic whispers just beneath the surface and almost anything is possible, if you aren’t afraid to listen.
From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of HOLD IT ‘TIL IT HURTS comes a dark and socially provocative southern-fried comedy about four liberal UC Berkeley students who stage a mock lynching during a Civil War reenactment --- a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer.
In this riveting, poignant memoir of three generations of women and the white dresses that adorned them --- television producer Mary Pflum Peterson recounts a journey through loss and redemption, and her battle to rescue her mother, a former nun, from compulsive hoarding.