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Win a Copy of THE LAST BREATH by Kimberly Belle

We're giving 25 readers the chance to win a copy of debut author Kimberly Belle's THE LAST BREATH, an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, November 6th at noon ET.

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Win 12 Copies of MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING by Ann Mah for Your Group

We're giving three groups the chance to win 12 copies of journalist Ann Mah's MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING, a funny and intelligent memoir about love --- of food, family and France. We're also giving away 25 individual copies. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, November 6th at noon ET. 

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Win a Copy of HOW TO BE PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE (Plus TWO More Books!)

In honor of the release of HOW TO BE PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE, we're giving five readers the chance to win a copy, in addition to two more amazing books: THE SECOND SEX and SUITE FRANÇAISE. Share the books with your group and you'll have that French je ne sais quoi in no time. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, October 14th at noon ET. 

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Create an Unofficial Discussion Guide for THE GOLDFINCH

There is currently no guide available for Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH, but that doesn't mean we can't come up with our own book group discussion questions. So here is our official call to help create an **unofficial** guide for THE GOLDFINCH. IF you have read the book, please send us questions you think would spark a lively group discussion. The deadline for entries is Friday, October 31st at noon ET.

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US
by David Nicholls

US is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls’s gifted hands, Douglas’s odyssey brings Europe --- from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafés of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona --- to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around?

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NECESSARY LIES
by Diane Chamberlain

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina, in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, NECESSARY LIES tells the story of two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy. A social worker and a 15-year-old are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

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POSITIVE: A Memoir
by Paige Rawl

Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. One day in middle school, she disclosed to a friend her HIV-positive status --- and within hours the bullying began. One night, desperate for escape, 15-year-old Paige found herself in her bathroom staring at a bottle of sleeping pills. That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Paige's memoir calls for readers to choose action over complacency, compassion over cruelty --- and, above all, to be Positive.

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ABOVE
by Isla Morley

Blythe Hallowell is 16 when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in a missile silo a few miles from her home and family. Wanting nothing more than to escape, Blythe will spend the next 17 years below looking for a way above and imagining what it will be like to go home again. When she finally does get above, the world she left is not the one in which she reemerges.

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New Guides

Above by Isla Morley - Psychological Suspense/Dystopian

In the bestselling vein of ROOM and THE ROAD, a stunning and harrowing novel about a Kansas teenager who is abducted and locked away in an abandoned missile silo by a survivalist who believes he is saving her from the impending destruction of the world.

Anthony Doerr’s new novel is the story of two children: a blind French girl who flees Nazi-occupied Paris in 1940 to live with an eccentric great-uncle in the walled city of Saint-Malo, and a German boy whose talent for fixing radios earns him a spot at the National Political Institutes of Education, a training school for Hitler Youth. 

Rosie “Aunty” Lee, the feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant, is back in AUNTY LEE’S DEADLY SPECIALSanother delectable, witty mystery involving scandal and murder among the city’s elite.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN comes BIRD IN HAND, a novel about the choices we make, how they shape our lives and how they can change them forever.

The author of the classic New York Times bestseller PASSAGES returns with her inspiring memoir --- a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving.

Now in paperback: From the beloved author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE and THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet --- a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection.

Land of Dreams by Kate Kerrigan - Historical Fiction

Set in 1940s Los Angeles, LAND OF DREAMS is the compelling final installment in New York Times bestselling author Kate Kerrigan’s sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in ELLIS ISLAND and CITY OF HOPE --- a story of family, love, danger and ambition in Hollywood during World War II.

From a remarkable new voice in suspenseful women's fiction comes an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family…

LILA, a moving expression of the mysteries of existence, is a new American classic from Marilynne Robinson --- the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of GILEAD; HOME, a National Book Award finalist; and HOUSEKEEPING.

When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post --- alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.  So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city, all the while uncovering a few of life's truths.

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain - Historical Fiction

NECESSARY LIES is the story of two young women, seemingly worlds apart, who are thrown together and must ask themselves: How can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

In this dazzling memoir, HIV-positive teenager Paige tells the deeply personal yet universal story of how she managed to overcome the trauma of persistent bullying by choosing compassion over cruelty, and how she resolved to fight daily on behalf of others in her place.

In a steamy small town of secrets, danger, and broken promises, a woman reaches out to a former love to save her brother’s life --- can she prevent her own secret from being revealed?

A stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein - Supernatural Mystery

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN.

Us by David Nicholls - Fiction

The highly anticipated new novel from David Nicholls, author of the mega-bestselling fiction sensation ONE DAY, which follows one man’s efforts to salvage his marriage --- and repair his troubled relationship with his teenaged son --- during the course of a trip around Europe.

In WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date --- a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.