Monthly Contest: What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?
This month's prize book is the movie tie-in edition of MUDBOUND, in which two men --- one black and one white --- forge a friendship in racially divided post-World War II Mississippi based on their shared war experiences. First published in 2008, this award-winning debut novel by Hillary Jordan will be adapted into a film, releasing on Netflix and in select theaters on November 17th. The deadline for your entries is Wednesday, November 8th at noon ET.
We are celebrating the release of ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan, a psychological thriller that asks the question How well do you know the people you love?, with a special contest that will give 10 readers the chance to win a copy of the book, which is now available. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 8th at noon ET.
M.J. Stark’s life is picture-perfect, but there is a debilitating sense of loneliness behind her success. So when her boss betrays her and her boyfriend offers her a completely new life in California, she decides to give it a try. Once there, M.J. is left to fend for herself in a small beach town, with only the company of her elderly neighbor, Gloria. One afternoon, M.J. discovers that Gloria has suddenly moved to Paris. In lieu of a goodbye, she’s left a mysterious invitation to a secret club --- one that only reads erotic books. Curious, M.J. accepts and meets the three other hand-selected club members. As they bond over naughty bestsellers and the shocking letters they inherited from the original club members, the four strangers start to divulge the intimate details of their own lives.
In war-torn France, Jo McMahon tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. At the same time, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila. She clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can...and live to see her beloved friend, Jo, once more.
The “absolutely compelling...perspective on the ongoing conflict in Syria” (Library Journal) written by a young architect in war-torn Homs who shares her personal experience, how the built environment helped set the stage for civil war, and how architecture might play a role in reversing the damage.
Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals --- in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country --- Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
A New York Times bestseller and the latest Book Club Central pick by Sarah Jessica Parker, EXIT WEST is the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.
A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight, THE FIRE BY NIGHT is a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice and survival combining the grit and selflessness of "Band of Brothers" with the emotional resonance of THE NIGHTINGALE.
THE NINTH HOUR is a magnificent new novel from one of America’s finest writers --- a powerfully affecting story spanning the 20th century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.
Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol's Feeder Canal, Abdi can't --- or won't --- tell anyone what happened. Detective Jim Clemo is assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes, and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle.
UNFORGIVABLE LOVE is a vivid reimagining of the French classic DANGEROUS LIAISONS, set in the glittering, dramatic world of Harlem in the 1940s. It takes us from the grand townhomes on Lenox Avenue to the lush woods of Anselm, North Carolina, and finally to the pews of Harlem’s Mount Nebo Baptist Church, along the way shedding a new light on the source material’s classic themes of love, faith, lost innocence, betrayal and redemption.
This long-awaited sequel to ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable." What does it mean to be white, to be Cheyenne, and how far will these women go to avenge the ones they love?
From the author of SECRETS OF NANREATH HALL comes this gripping, beautifully written historical fiction novel set during World War II --- the unforgettable story of a young woman who must leave Singapore and forge a new life in England.