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June 2013

ReadingGroupGuides.com Newsletter June 2013

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Last week at BookExpo America (BEA), I got a chance to meet some of our readers at the Speed Dating sessions that we sponsored on Friday and Saturday. One reader said “she wanted to be me” after reading the newsletters for years. A few moments later, when I was toting some big boxes of galleys, I joked, “Still want to be me?” It was amusing as the crazy behind-the-scenes action that rolls the week we are pulling together an update includes a lot of feverish writing and gathering of materials for the books we are featuring. It also means that, by Friday night, I usually decompress by…watching a movie. I am a big Netflix fan, though recently we have queued up films that end abruptly, leaving us to guess the ending, leading my husband to glance at me and say, “Again?” I think that should be included with a rating. “Ends abruptly; be prepared.”

We know that many of you were not able to join us in New York last week, but you still are curious about what fall/winter 2013 books are perfect for book group discussions. Click here to find suggestions from more than 20 publishers. To give you an easy way to mark what you want to suggest at your future meetings, we also are providing a spreadsheet with all the featured titles here. In the weeks to come, we also will have videos from some of the publishers who presented at BEA so you can share those with your book group as well. The abject enthusiasm of the publisher participants, as well as the rapt attention from the attendees, made this a really fun event. We also have shared some pictures so you can see how the day unfolded, including one above.

As we celebrate the imminent start of summer, we have FIVE contests to tell you about, and all feature books that I have read --- and enjoyed. First up is Pastors’ Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. The three women who are at the heart of this story set at a megachurch end up to be women much like many of us, trying to hold hearth and home together. Their troubles are earthly, and there were a lot more humorous moments in this book than I thought I would encounter --- some of which were laugh-out-loud. My favorite character was Candace; I can picture her looks of ice as she maneuvers her way to make Greenleaf thrive. Cullen’s gift as a storyteller is a terrific balancing act between being respectful and also entertaining. There is no overt religious message in this book, and it is not preachy. We’re giving 25 groups the opportunity to win a copy of the book. All you have to do is fill out this form by Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET.

Next up is The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard. Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn’t been home ever since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny, Kirsten’s older brother. Years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. When I read about someone accused or convicted, I often think what it must be like to be related to that person, especially a sibling. Here that role is examined in fiction, as well as how lives are shattered when the truth is buried. We have 25 copies of the book to give away to readers; to enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET.

Meanwhile, we’re giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti. Michelle got this book into my hands, and I am excited about sharing it with you. If you enjoyed The Kite Runner or In the Shadow of the Banyan, you will want to read The Almond Tree. The story explores the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young boy who calls a plot of land in the embattled territory --- home. Ichmad Hamid is gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, but he struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other. On Ichmad's 12th birthday, that fear becomes reality. With his father imprisoned, his family's home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ichmad begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. To enter the contest, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET.

If you’re a Debbie Macomber fan and looking for a fun summer getaway, have we got an exciting offer for you. Win a trip to Debbie Macomber’s Fan Retreat for you and a friend! It will take place at the Opryland Resort from August 9-11; this is the perfect way to experience all the tastes, sounds and Southern charms of Nashville while also enjoying the company of other fans of Debbie’s --- and spending time with this beloved author. Read on for more about this weekend later in this newsletter, or just click here for more and to enter for your chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to attend this three-day celebration, which includes entry to all the events. (The prize does not include travel or accommodations.) But even if you can’t make it to Nashville, you can still return to the beloved town of Cedar Cove with Debbie’s new Rose Harbor series. Start your journey with The Inn at Rose Harbor, which was published last summer in hardcover and will be out in paperback on July 30th, and don’t miss Rose Harbor in Bloom, out on August 13th!

The latest book in our "What Are You Reading" contest is Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky, which we’ve talked about in previous newsletters. Here, readers meet Charlotte and Nicole, who were once the best of friends but have since grown apart. They eventually reunite, but what both women don't know is that they are each holding a secret that may change their relationship forever. Let us know what your group is reading in June by filling out this form, and you could be one of three winners who will receive 12 copies of Sweet Salt Air (which releases on June 18th) for you and your group members. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET.

Back in February, we offered book clubs the chance to win up to 12 copies each of Sweet Salt Air, provided that members of the winning groups agreed to discuss the book at their April, May or June meeting; email friends and tell them about the book; and post comments about the book and/or their discussion on Barbara Delinsky’s Facebook page, their personal Facebook pages, Twitter accounts or blogs. We’re now pleased to share with you what some of the winning book groups had to say about the book --- along with photos of some of the groups and even a video clip of a group discussing the book. Many thanks to those who have given us their feedback thus far, and we look forward to sharing more reports from our readers in the future!

We have a number of featured guides to tell you about, and we begin with Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. But her husband, Fletcher, now spurns her “toxic” dishes and devotes hours each day to manic cycling. Then, when Pandora picks up her brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. After Edison has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me. Click here for the guide and here for our review on Bookreporter.com.

Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan have teamed up for the first time to pen I’ll Be Seeing You, which we’re featuring in our Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight on Bookreporter.com. Glory Whitehall and Rita Vincenzo have nothing in common except one powerful bond: the men they love are soldiers fighting in World War II. Brought together by an unlikely twist of fate, they begin a remarkable correspondence as their letters allow them to survive the loneliness and uncertainty of waiting on the home front. Those who read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will appreciate the epistolary format of this book. Read the guide, along with our Bookreporter.com review and interview.

Jami Attenberg’s much-talked-about novel from last year, The Middlesteins, is now available in paperback. For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, seemingly for one reason: Edie's enormous girth. When Richard abandons her, it is up to the next generation of Middlesteins to take control. Do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too? Read the guide and our Bookreporter.com review.

Available in paperback on June 25th is Luanne Rice’s 2012 novel, Little Night. After serving prison time for assaulting her sister's abusive husband, Clare Burke has become used to living without family. However, when her grown niece, Grit, contacts her, Clare welcomes her with open arms in an attempt to rebuild severed relationships and garner answers to her confusing and painful past. Click here for the guide and here for our review on Bookreporter.com.

In The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro, young newlywed Grace Monroe receives some shocking news: she has inherited a large sum of money from a woman she’s never met. Then, upon discovering her husband may not be who she thought he was, she flees her marriage and finds herself in Paris, embarking upon a journey to find not only the identity of her mysterious benefactor but also the hidden secrets of her own past. Click here for the guide.

Daphne Kalotay, the critically acclaimed author of Russian Winter, is back with a new novel, Sight Reading. Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years. Remy, a gifted violinist, is married to the Scottish composer Nicholas Elk --- once the love of Hazel's life, now struggling with a masterwork he cannot realize. In the 20 years since Hazel's world was tipped on its axis, these three artists have faced unexpected joys, mysterious afflictions and other puzzles of life, their fates irrevocably interlaced. Read the guide and our Bookreporter.com review.

Shohreh Aghdashloo is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress whose prolific work on stage and screen has been lauded for decades in both her native Iran and her adopted home in the United States. American audiences know her from roles as Ben Kingsley’s character’s wife in House of Sand and Fog, in HBO’s acclaimed House of Saddam, and as a terrorist in season 4 of Fox’s “24.” Aghdashloo now shares her personal journey from a childhood in the Shah’s Iran to the red carpets of Hollywood in The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines, a memoir of family, faith, revolution and hope. Click here for the guide.

Our final featured guide is The Way Back to Happiness by Elizabeth Bass. The death of Bev’s estranged sister, Diana, leaves her in a maelstrom of remorse. She longs to provide a stable home for Diana’s 14-year-old daughter, Alabama. All Alabama knows about Aunt Bev is what her mother told her --- and none of it was good. In desperation, Alabama sets out to find her late father’s family. Instead she learns of the complicated history between her mother and aunt, and how guilt can shut down a life. Click here for the guide.

Once again, we’re celebrating dads on Bookreporter.com with our Eighth Annual Father’s Day Contest and Feature. From now through June 10th at noon ET, readers can win a collection of books that are perfect gift-giving suggestions for dad, keeping him busy through the rest of the year. Five winners will receive all the books we’re featuring, along with a cooler that is touted to keep contents cold for two days, a flashlight, and an iTunes gift card. Click here to see all our featured titles and enter for a chance to make your dad one happy camper.

We’re giving away a different book on select days through July 31st in our
Summer Reading Contests on Bookreporter.com. This week, we posted giveaways for Sutton by J. R. Moehringer (here’s a great video of J.R. talking about the story behind this book) and Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff, a Bookreporter.com Bets On selection. Next week, we’ve be giving away The Innocents by Francesca Segal and Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe. Are you signed up for our Summer Reading newsletter so you get word as soon as our contests go live? If not, click here to get signed up!

June is Audiobook Month, and to celebrate, we’re kicking off a month-long blog series on Bookreporter.com with pieces from authors who are avid fans of audiobooks. This week, we heard from Janis Ian, Mary Kay Andrews, Jack Gantos, Francesca Serritella and Gary Dell’Abate. Next week, we look forward to pieces from Aaron Hartzler, Mary Roach, Rainbow Rowell, Joseph Finder and Karin Slaughter.

More news from other sites in The Book Report Network…. Know a teen reader? Then send them over to this link to enter our Teenreads.com Beach Bag Contest, where we are giving away 20(!) books, along with a beach bag and a towel! Know a twentysomething reader? Then send them over to this link to enter our 20SomethingReads.com Beach Bag Contest, where we have 20 books that will appeal to them, along with their own special beach bag and towel. Both sites are full of reading ideas; one of our passions is curating books for readers of all ages.

Rainy, rainy day here, which may be remnants from the first tropical storm of the season, which hit down south. I never am sure about such things. It’s a good day for clearing out all the emails that have little red flags next to them; there are way, way too many of them. Also, I can look at the picture above of the really beautiful hibiscus plant that is being rain-watered on my patio. I love these flowers, and we have MANY of them surrounding us this year.

Here’s to a great month of reading for you and your group….we’ll be back to you next month after the loooong 4th of July weekend as we know many people will be busy with holiday plans the first week in July. We’re leaving our contests up a few extra days to be sure you get to enjoy them!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

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Special Contest: Win a Copy of PASTORS' WIVES by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen for Your Group

We are celebrating the release of Pastors’ Wives --- Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel that follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch--- with a special contest. 25 readers will have the opportunity to each win a copy of the book, which is now in stores, for their group. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET.

More about Pastors’ Wives:
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel, Pastors’ Wives, follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Candace is Greenleaf’s "First Lady," a force of nature who will stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves.

-Click here for the reading group guide.
-Click here to read our review on Bookreporter.com.

 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
Special Contest: Win a Copy of THE MOURNING HOURS by Paula Treick DeBoard for Your Group

We are celebrating the upcoming release of The Mourning Hours by debut author Paula Treick DeBoard --- a gripping novel of betrayal and forgiveness as a family is forced to confront the devastating event that changed the trajectory of their lives --- with a special contest. 25 readers will have the opportunity to each win a copy of the book, which will be in stores on June 25th, for their group. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET.

More about The Mourning Hours:
Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn’t been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years --- not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny--- the high school wrestling star and Kirsten’s older brother. No one knows what to believe --- not even those closest to Johnny --- but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten’s family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion. Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives.

-Click here for the reading group guide.
 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
Special Contest: Win a Copy of THE ALMOND TREE by Michelle Cohen Corasanti for Your Group
We are celebrating the release of The Almond Tree --- Michelle Cohen Corasanti’s debut novel that delivers an inspirational story of unfathomable pain and an incredible perseverance --- with a special contest. 100 readers will have the opportunity to each win a copy of the book, which is now in stores, for their group. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET.

More about The Almond Tree:
The Almond Tree is a big-hearted story of a small Palestinian boy who learns to survive in a brutal environment and doesn’t simply endure, but emerges from the fire with the wisdom gleaned from the example of a father who has taught him that all men have value, even their enemies. This is a tale of innocence moving through a vicious world, compassion learned against an environment of daily horrors, and wisdom forged through a boy’s journey through a life we would never wish upon our own children.

-Click here for the reading group guide.
 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
“What Are You Reading?” Contest: Win 12 Copies of SWEET SALT AIR by Barbara Delinsky for Your Group

Let us know what your group is reading in June, and you will be entered in a giveaway to win multiple copies of a book for your group! Our latest prize book is Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky, the story of a woman who has a secret that may save the life of her best friend's husband --- or destroy him. We have 12 copies of the book, which will be in stores on June 18th, to give away to three groups. Enter here by Tuesday, July 9th at noon ET for your chance to win copies for you and your group members.

More about Sweet Salt Air:
Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole's family's island house, but they have since grown apart. A successful travel writer, Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, lives in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole returns to the island house in order to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte for both sentimental and practical reasons. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole would like her help interviewing locals for her book. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees.

But what both women don't know is that they are each holding a secret that may change their relationship forever. Are the bonds of friendship strong enough to weather past indiscretions and betrayals? Can love survive an honest mistake?

-Click here for the reading group guide.
-Click here for advance reader comments about the book.

 
Click here to enter the contest.

 
Enter to Win Two Tickets to Debbie Macomber’s Fan Retreat in Nashville
Debbie Macomber, one of America’s favorite authors, is hosting a Fan Retreat at the famed Opryland Resort in Nashville from August 9-11. And we’re offering one lucky reader a pair of tickets to the festivities!

If you are looking for an easy summer getaway, then grab your girlfriends and head to Nashville for this special weekend with fellow book lovers in one of the south’s most vibrant cities. Experience the tastes, sounds, and Southern charms of Nashville, plus three days of “Debbie-themed” events that you can read more about here.

Your Fan Retreat ticket covers an all-inclusive weekend of entertainment: listen to a country music band under the Tennessee stars; hop on a bus tour of Nashville's landmarks and celebrity homes; dance the night away with friends at the Sock Hop Dinner; and spend time with Debbie.

Fan Retreat guests will enjoy Opryland Resort's many amenities --- luxurious guest rooms, acres of beautiful indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls, three pools to lounge by --- all at an exclusive discount, making this the perfect weekend escape.

Exclusive Fan Retreat Perks include tons of swag: early access to Debbie Macomber's new novel, Rose Harbor in Bloom; and special giveaways from event partners including FitBit, Celestial Seasonings, and local favorite GooGoo Clusters, plus a Debbie Macomber tote bag to help bring everything home!

Not able to attend? Then keep in mind that the first title in Debbie’s new Rose Harbor Series, The Inn at Rose Harbor, comes out in paperback on July 30th (it’s now in hardcover) and Rose Harbor in Bloom will be released on August 13th!

Please note: This prize does not include airfare or accommodations, but it does cover the Fan Retreat package. If you sign up to attend the Fan Retreat and win our contest, you will be credited for the cost of your Fan Retreat tickets.
 
Enter here to win a pair of tickets to Debbie Macomber’s Fan Retreat.

 
BIG BROTHER by Lionel Shriver

For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed cabinetmaker who crafts high-end, one-of-a-kind furniture, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through their courtship, and loses hours a day to manic cycling. But the couple’s comfortable, if sometimes strained, routine is about to implode. When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. In the four years since the grown siblings last saw one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?

-Click here to read our review on Bookreporter.com.
 

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
I’LL BE SEEING YOU by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan

It's January 1943 when Rita Vincenzo receives her first letter from Glory Whitehall. Glory is an effervescent young mother, impulsive and free as a bird. Rita is a sensible professor's wife with a love of gardening and a generous, old soul. Glory comes from New England society; Rita lives in Iowa, trying to make ends meet. They have nothing in common except one powerful bond: the men they love are fighting in a war a world away from home. Brought together by an unlikely twist of fate, Glory and Rita begin a remarkable correspondence.

-Click here to read our review on Bookreporter.com.
-Click here to read our interview on Bookreporter.com.

 

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
Now Available in Paperback: THE MIDDLESTEINS by Jami Attenberg

For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie is fixated on food --- thinking about it, eating it --- and if she doesn’t stop, she won’t have much longer to live. When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to their distant daughter, easygoing son and perfectionist daughter-in-law to save Edie’s life.

-Click here to read our review on Bookreporter.com.
 

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
Available in Paperback on June 25th: LITTLE NIGHT by Luanne Rice

Clare Burke’s life took a devastating turn when she defended her sister, Anne, from an abusive husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. Nearly 20 years later --- long estranged from her sister --- Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when Anne’s daughter, Grit, shows up on her doorstep. When it appears that Anne has followed Grit, each woman wonders what their long-awaited reunion will bring.

-Click here to read our review on Bookreporter.com.
 

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
THE PERFUME COLLECTOR by Kathleen Tessaro
Grace Monroe is a young newlywed eager to make a success of her marriage. But all of her aspirations are suddenly forgotten when she receives some shocking news: she has inherited a large sum of money from a woman she’s never met. Then, upon discovering her husband may not be who she thought he was, she flees her marriage and finds herself in Paris, embarking upon a journey to find not only the identity of her mysterious benefactor but also the hidden secrets of her own past.
 
Click here for the reading group guide.

 
SIGHT READING by Daphne Kalotay

On a Boston street one warm spring day, Hazel and Remy spot each other for the first time in years. Although their brief meeting may seem insignificant, behind them lie two decades in which their life paths have crisscrossed, diverged and ultimately interlaced. As their story unfolds from 1987 to 2007, from Europe to America, from conservatory life to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, each discovers the surprising ways in which the quest to create something real and true can lead to the most personal of revelations.

-Click here to read our review on Bookreporter.com.
 

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
THE ALLEY OF LOVE AND YELLOW JASMINES by Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress whose prolific work on stage and screen has been lauded for decades in both her native Iran and her adopted home in the United States. But the transition from a young girl first swept away by American movies in a Tehran theater to an acclaimed international performer has been a hard-fought and sometimes dangerous battle. In her stunning memoir, Aghdashloo invites readers to retrace her journey from the vibrant Tehran of her youth through the menace of revolution to a place of promise and dreams.
 
Click here for the reading group guide.

 
THE WAY BACK TO HAPPINESS by Elizabeth Bass
No one could blame Bev Putterman for becoming estranged from her sister. No one but Bev, anyway. Growing up, Diana was difficult and selfish yet always their mother’s favorite. And then came the betrayal that took away the future Bev dreamed of. Yet if Diana caused problems while alive, her death leaves Bev in a maelstrom of remorse. She longs to provide a stable home for Diana’s 14-year-old daughter, Alabama. But between her commitment-phobic boyfriend and her precarious teaching position, Bev’s life is already in upheaval without an unruly teenager around.
 
Click here for the reading group guide.

 
New Guides Now Available
The following guides are now available on ReadingGroupGuides.com:

The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines by Shohreh Aghdashloo: Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winner Shohreh Aghdashloo shares her personal journey from a childhood in the Shah’s Iran to the red carpets of Hollywood in this dazzling memoir of family, faith, revolution and hope.
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti: Two Palestinian brothers in Israel: one uses his scientific genius to achieve equality in Israel and international recognition, the other takes a different path.
Archipelago by Monique Roffey: Archipelago, winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, is a mesmerizing tale of a father and daughter’s sailing adventure from Trinidad to the Galapagos Islands.
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver: From the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin comes a striking new novel about siblings, marriage and obesity.
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown: Here is a gripping adventure, a seaborne romance, and a twist on the tale of Scheherazade --- with the best food ever served aboard a pirate’s ship.
I’ll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan: Deeply poignant and powerfully compelling, I’ll Be Seeing You is a remarkable story of two women on the home front during WWII who forge an unlikely friendship through letters and find their lives profoundly altered by each other’s unwavering support.
Lie Beside Me by Judith Donato: Lie Beside Me takes the reader on a poignant ride through the life of syndicated columnist Kate McAllister and her unpredictable love story.
Little Night by Luanne Rice: Little Night is the New York Times bestselling author’s heart-wrenching chronicle of a woman and her niece, who attempt to build the relationship they longed for all their lives.
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg: Written with pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion and sly humor, The Middlesteins is an epic story of marriage, family and obsession.
The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard: Debut author Paula Treick DeBoard delivers a gripping novel of betrayal and forgiveness as a family is forced to confront the devastating event that changed the trajectory of their lives.
Pastors’ Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen: Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch.
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro: From the author of Elegance and Debutante comes a stunning new novel about secret histories, desire, memory, and the power of scent.
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole: Similar to a Nicholas Sparks novel, but uniquely different, Sand Dollar is a thought-provoking, emotional read with real life situations that might even have you yelling at the main characters at times.
Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay: An elegant new novel of love and family set in Boston’s classical music scene, Sight Reading traces one love triangle as it shifts and falters over the span of two decades.
Sparta by Roxana Robinson: Going from peace to war can make a young man into a warrior. Going from war to peace can destroy him. Suspenseful, compassionate and perceptive, Sparta captures the nuances of the unique estrangement that modern soldiers face as they attempt to rejoin the society they’ve fought for.
Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell by Katherine Angel: In the tradition of Susan Sontag and Virginia Woolf, Katherine Angel’s Unmastered forges a path through cliché, convention and secrecy to examine the gorgeous puzzle of sexuality.
The Way Back to Happiness by Elizabeth Bass: In her assured and poignant novel, Elizabeth Bass --- acclaimed author of Miss You Most of All and Wherever Grace is Needed --- weaves a heartbreaking story of family, friendship and forgiveness.
What a Mother Knows by Leslie Lehr: In this unsettling, emotional and suspenseful novel of the unshakable bonds of motherhood, Michelle Mason not only loses her memory after a deadly car crash, but can't find her 16-year-old daughter, the one person who may know what happened that day.
When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood: When We Were the Kennedys is a moving memoir of a family’s loss of its father and the nation’s loss of its president.

Please note that these titles, for which we already had the guides when they appeared in hardcover, are now available in paperback:

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty: A New York Times bestseller, The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the 1920s and the summer that would change them both.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver: From the New York Times bestselling author comes a suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial, which explores the complexities that lead us to believe in our chosen truths.
The Innocents by Francesca Segal: A small suburb in North West London is the setting for Francesca Segal’s debut novel --- a smart and slyly funny tale of love, temptation, confusion and commitment; a triumphant and beautifully executed recasting of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.
True Sisters by Sandra Dallas: From the New York Times bestselling author of Prayers for Sale comes the story of four women, brought together on a harrowing journey of Mormon settlers in this incredible novel based on a real-life event.

The following new guides are now available for Christian book groups:

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor: As the wife of Pontius Pilate, Claudia enjoys a world of privilege and wealth. Will she risk it all for her secret faith in a Jewish rabbi?
A Simple Song by Melody Carlson: Katrina Yoder has the voice of an angel, but her Amish parents believe singing is prideful vanity. When she wins a ticket to sing in Hollywood, her life is turned upside down.
Slow Moon Rising: A Cedar Key Novel by Eva Marie Everson: When long-buried family secrets are revealed, will the Claybourne women pull together or be torn apart?


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