Monthly Contest: What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?
We're just as excited about the movie adaptation of THE MARTIAN --- Andy Weir's bestselling sci-fi adventure about an astronaut stranded on Mars --- as you are. In honor of the film, which was released earlier this month and is already a critical and commercial success, we're giving away 12 copies of the book to three groups. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 4th at noon ET.
Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, BEING MORTAL asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families.
Margaret Holloway is driving home, but her mind is elsewhere when she's rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car seconds before it's engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears. Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something is wrong. Whatever happened, she didn't merely forget --- she chose to forget. And somehow, she knows deep down that it has something to do with the man who saved her life.
Room is home to 5-year-old Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
From the author of I WAS TOLD THERE'D BE CAKE and HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER comes a heartfelt and suspenseful novel --- the story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven't gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake.
In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth --- while choosing between two suitors --- and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.
A LINE OF BLOOD explores what it means to be a family --- the ties that bind us, and the lies that can destroy us if we're not careful. It will have you wondering if one of the characters is guilty --- or if all of them are --- and will keep you on edge until its shocking final pages.
With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Lucia Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians.
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.
With keen intelligence and wit, Alex Mar illuminates the world of witchcraft while grappling in fresh and unexpected ways with the question underlying every faith: Why do we choose to believe in anything at all?