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July 2013

ReadingGroupGuides.com Newsletter July 2013

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Book Group Meeting Poolside or IN the Pool

As I write this newsletter opener, it’s 10:00pm and I am sitting on the patio behind my house. One of the true joys of this time of year is that I can sit outside in the evening after work. During so much of the year, I am cooped up indoors, so having time like this to enjoy the fresh air is lovely. I am looking at the pool, which is lit up, and thinking a book group discussion on rafts or floats could be a really fun idea. I may try that with some friends this summer. We can call ourselves “The Swim Up Book Club.” This is like when an author has a title for a book before he or she starts writing. I have the name of the book club. Now I need to think about who to invite and what to read. I will let you know if I make this happen!

During the summer, I usually spend MANY weekends traveling to conferences. But this summer, I am cutting way back on that. I want to spend the summer before my younger son heads to college closer to home (even if he is out a lot with friends), and I want to spend more time at the office as we have a lot going on. This weekend I will be at ThrillerFest, the annual convention for thriller writers….and two weekends ago, I was at the American Library Association Convention in Chicago, but that’s it for the summer. When I travel to book conferences, I have less time for reading, which sounds crazy, but is the reality of what happens. I have a huge stack of books that I am looking forward to delving into, so staying home means that I can read through the weekends.

I have been saying over and over that this is a great year for readers. I have read some excellent books this year….and from the previews that I have attended for various publishers, there are MANY more great books to come. As promised, we have videos from some of the publishers who presented at our BEA Book Group Speed Dating session talking about Fall/Winter titles. You can see the videos here. Please share this link with your fellow book group members. Whether we were lucky enough to have you share this event with us in New York, or if you are viewing from afar, hearing these publishing folks present in their own words is something you will enjoy. It’s exactly what book talks are like when I attend various conventions around the country.

And remember that we have our complete presentation from BEA, with more than 20 publishers represented, available here for those of you who are selecting fall/winter titles for your groups.

Now…for titles in stores now, here’s our update. We have two contests currently running on the site, each of which has something different to make them special. First up is a contest for The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan, which arrived in stores yesterday. In it, Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. The egocentric and paranoid Erastus Carthage orders that the frozen man be reanimated. As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he’s a judge, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists.

The book’s publisher, William Morrow, has coordinated a contest in which readers can enter for a chance to win a guest appearance by Stephen to discuss
The Curiosity with their group. The grand prize also includes a copy of the book for all the book club members, as well as a Cabot Cheddar Cheese Gift Basket full of goodies to sample as the winners talk with Stephen. There are also prizes for the runners-up! Click here to read all the details. The deadline for your entries is Tuesday, July 16th at 11:59pm ET. By the way, the “mouse” in me loves this contest; I truly love cheese.

I was lucky enough to hear Stephen present last week at ALA, where he told a fun story about how Chris Bohjalian (whose The Light in the Ruins also released yesterday) gave him an idea that solved a plot issue in his book. Each year, Chris, a good friend who, like Stephen, lives in Vermont, rents a house in Tuscany. He invited Stephen to join him, and as he and other friends were talking one night, the subject of how the story Stephen was crafting was stuck came up. Chris gave him an idea for a female character, and from there the writing flowed. Want to hear more about this story? Well, Chris has asked Stephen to join him at many stops on his own tour. Here is a list where they will be together.

The latest book in our "What Are You Reading" contest is Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews. Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there? Heartache, humor and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. We have 12 copies of the book, which is now in stores, to give away to three groups. In addition, each group will be awarded a Ladies’ Night Event Kit, which is chock full of goodies to create the perfect “girls' night in.” This book is ideal for any group looking for a lighter fun read for summer, with a party pack coordinated with it! The deadline for your entries is Monday, August 5th at noon ET. Click here for the guide, and don’t miss our review and interview on Bookreporter.com.

I am happy to share that Pat from Brazil, IN won the two tickets to attend Debbie Macomber’s Fan Retreat in Nashville in August. While our contest is over, if you still are interested in attending the Fan Retreat, click here to sign up.

We have a number of featured guides to tell you about, and we begin with the aforementioned Chris Bohjalian’s new novel, The Light in the Ruins. It's 1943 and the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. But when two soldiers arrive at the villa, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered. Twelve years later, Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, is assigned to a gruesome new case --- a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood. She finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.

To help celebrate the book’s release, Chris has curated our latest bookshelf on Bookreporter.com. The Light in the Ruins began as a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. Watching his daughter as one of the Shark girlfriends in a Vermont production of West Side Story --- the musical version of Shakespeare’s classic love story --- served as part of the inspiration for the bookshelf themed with Doomed Lovers. We appreciate that Chris, who is a very avid reader, has taken the time to put together this feature for us --- and we loved his opening commentary for the feature as much as seeing his suggestions.

Next up is The Silent Wife, a debut novel by A. S. A. Harrison. Readers learn that Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she (the killer) and he (the victim) rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose.

I devoured --- and loved --- The Silent Wife last weekend. A. S. A. Harrison had been scheduled to be on one of the panels I attended at ALA, but I was sad to learn that she passed away in April from cancer. This slim novel about a relationship headed for dissolution and Jodi’s plan for revenge --- which is told in alternating chapters of "Him" and "Her" --- is so well-crafted. It should be a book talked about all summer! Click here for the guide and here for our review on Bookreporter.com.

By the way, many are comparing The Silent Wife to Gillian Flynn’s bestselling psychological thriller, Gone Girl. We know that many book clubs are still talking up a storm about Gone Girl, even though it came out a year ago in June and has not yet been released in paperback. We've been asked by many of you for a discussion guide for it so we’re pleased to share that with you this month. In Gone Girl, Nick and Amy Dunne are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Or they would be, if Amy hadn't disappeared from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. As the cops close in and the stream of lies, deceits and inappropriate behavior leaks out, everyone in town is wondering how well they know the one they love. Did Nick kill his clever and beautiful wife? If not, who did? Click here for the guide and here for our review on Bookreporter.com.

And for a summer pairing, may we suggest you read both Gone Girl and The Silent Wife, and do some comparing and contrasting?

Emilie Richards follows up One Mountain Away with the second book in her Goddesses Anonymous series, Somewhere Between Luck and Trust. Two women are standing at a crossroads, a place where unlikely unions can be formed. A place where two very different women might bridge the gap between generations and education, and together make tough choices. Somewhere between the townships called Luck and Trust, at a mountain cabin known as the Goddess House, these two women may even, if they dare, find common ground and friendship. Click here for the guide.

Now available in paperback is The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields. Anna Bahlmann was Edith Wharton’s closest friend --- that is, until Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships. Click here for the guide and here for our review on Bookreporter.com. And would this be nicely paired with a Wharton title? We love using one title as a jumping off point for another.

We’d also like to tell you about a guide that’s currently being featured on the ReadingGroupGuides.com homepage. It’s for The Lemon Orchard, Luanne Rice’s latest novel. In it, we see that Julia’s life has been turned upside down by her daughter’s death. While she expects to find nothing more than peace and solitude as she house-sits, she finds herself drawn to the handsome man who oversees the lemon orchard. Roberto reveals to Julia the heartbreaking story of his own loss --- yet, unlike Julia, his daughter was lost but never found. Despite the odds, he cannot bear to give up hope. Click here for the guide, and read our review on Bookreporter.com when we post it later this week.

In this year’s Summer Reading Feature on Bookreporter.com, we’re running contests on select days through July 31st where we’re giving away books that we think will be great summer reads. Click here to see all our featured titles and see which books we’re currently giving away. 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!

And you thought July was going to be quiet around here! Nothing doing. Enjoy your own days of summer where reading outside can be a really lovely thing.

Moths and every other kind of bug have been gravitating towards my computer screen as I type. I feel like I am witnessing some science project on my screen, so I am going to head inside. Here’s wishing you a great book group discussion this month, or a great month of pleasure reading if your group has this month off! Read on….

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

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Special Contest: Win a Visit from Debut Novelist Stephen P. Kiernan for Your Book Club, Along with Copies of THE CURIOSITY and a Cabot Cheddar Cheese Gift Basket

Enter for a chance to win a very special experience for your book club --- a guest appearance by debut novelist Stephen P. Kiernan to discuss his book, The Curiosity. Also included in the grand prize will be a copy of The Curiosity for the members of your book club, as well as a Cabot Cheddar Cheese Gift Basket full of goodies to sample as you talk with Stephen. There are also prizes for the runners-up! The deadline for your entries is Tuesday, July 16th at 11:59pm ET.

More about The Curiosity:
Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. As a scientist in a groundbreaking project run by the egocentric and paranoid Erastus Carthage, Kate has brought small creatures --- plankton, krill, shrimp --- back to life for short periods of time. But the team's methods have never been attempted on larger life-forms.

Heedless of the potential consequences, Carthage orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston and reanimated. The endeavor is named "The Lazarus Project." As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was --- is --- a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists.


-Click here for the reading group guide.
 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
ReadingGroupGuides.com’s “What Are You Reading?” Monthly Contest Feature: Win 12 Copies of LADIES’ NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews AND a Ladies’ Night Event Kit for Your Group

Let us know what your group is reading in July, and you will be entered in a giveaway to win multiple copies of a book for your group! Our latest prize book is Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews, in which heartache, humor and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. We have 12 copies of the book, which is now in stores, to give away to three groups. In addition, each group will be awarded a Ladies’ Night Event Kit, which is chock full of goodies to create the perfect “girls' night in.” Enter here by Monday, August 5th at noon ET for your chance to win these prizes for you and your group members.

More about Ladies’ Night:
Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality.

When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

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

 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
THE LIGHT IN THE RUINS by Chris Bohjalian

1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered.

1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of World War II. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case --- a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood --- Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.
 

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
THE SILENT WIFE by A. S. A. Harrison

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she (the killer) and he (the victim) rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

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

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

When Nick and Amy fall in love, they are the confident, handsome man and the beautiful, privileged young woman embracing in front of their Brooklyn Heights brownstone and sharing a laugh at the expense of less blissful couples. Eventually, their picture-perfect union falters: Amy grows weary of the “cool girl” image she’s portrayed; Nick gives rein to old impulses and easy lies. As with many marriages, friction works its way into everyday exchanges, and the glow of the honeymoon fades. But with Amy and Nick, that fracture takes a much darker turn. In a story full of surprising twists, Gone Girl tracks the course of a marriage gone spectacularly wrong.

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

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LUCK AND TRUST by Emilie Richards

Christy Haviland served eight months in prison, giving birth behind bars to the child of the man who put her there and might yet destroy her. Now she's free again, but has many hurdles to overcome.

Georgia Ferguson, a talented educator, receives a mysterious charm bracelet that may help her find the mother who abandoned her at birth. Does she want to follow the clues, and if so, can reticent Georgia reach out for help along the way?

Both women are standing at a crossroads, a place where unlikely unions can be formed. A place where two very different women might bridge the gap between generations and education, and together make tough choices.
 

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
Now Available in Paperback: THE AGE OF DESIRE by Jennie Fields

They say that behind every great man is a great woman. Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann --- her governess turned literary secretary and confidante. At the age of 45, despite her growing fame, Edith remains unfulfilled in a lonely, sexless marriage. Against all the rules of Gilded Age society, she falls in love with Morton Fullerton, a dashing young journalist. But their scandalous affair threatens everything in Edith’s life --- especially her abiding ties to Anna.

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

Click here for the reading group guide.

 
Bookreporter.com's Summer Reading Contests and Feature

Summer is here! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We will be spotlighting a different title on select days from now through July 31st, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter. We also will be sending a special daily newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

This year's featured titles include:

Click here to read all the contest details and see our featured titles.

 
Bookreporter.com’s Latest Bookshelf: Doomed Lovers: Chris Bohjalian Recommends 20 Books Featuring Troubled Romances
We're pleased to announce that bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has curated our latest bookshelf. His upcoming novel, The Light in the Ruins (in stores July 9th), began as a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. Watching his daughter as one of the Shark girlfriends in a Vermont production of West Side Story --- the musical version of Shakespeare’s classic love story --- served as part of the inspiration for this bookshelf. We appreciate that Chris, who is a very avid reader, has taken the time to put together this feature for us --- and we loved his opening commentary for the bookshelf as much as seeing his suggestions.
 
Click here to see Chris Bohjalian's "Doomed Lovers" bookshelf.

 
July’s New in Paperback Roundups on Bookreporter.com

July’s New in Paperback roundups on Bookreporter.com include the following highlights for book groups:

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. What lies behind Pagford’s pretty façade is a town at war. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Jo Marie Rose arrives in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove seeking peace and a fresh start after the death of her husband. She purchases a local bed-and-breakfast, yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Joshua Weaver, who has come to care for his ailing stepfather, and Abby Kincaid, who is back in town for her brother's wedding, are among the cast of characters who find love, forgiveness and renewal behind the doors of the Rose Harbor Inn.

The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere
Ever since Ivorie Walker’s parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and good humor. When a feral, dirty-faced boy steals from her vegetable garden, Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover answers about him and unleashes a firestorm in the town --- a place where secrets stay secret.

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Jane Ryland, once a rising star in television news, now finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. As the body count rises and the election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon --- but has not --- in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

-Find out what's New in Paperback for the weeks of July 1st, July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd and July 29th.

 

Bookreporter.com's Books on Screen Feature for July
July is the month when things really start to heat up. So stop pounding that scorching hot pavement and get into your local movie theater to enjoy some AC and books on screen!

The Lone Ranger is adventure-packed family fare, starring the ever-wackier Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. If you still haven’t forgiven Hammer for his double-trouble role as the cringe-inducingly smarmy Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, then check out Red 2 instead. This much-anticipated sequel picks up right where our all-star ensemble cast left off, and promises more action, entertainment and laughs than the first. All you sci-fi enthusiasts out there, we haven’t forgotten you! Hugh Jackman puts his singing and dancing on hold and returns this summer as The Wolverine --- proving once again the age-old Hollywood adage: If the franchise ain’t broke…

If the movies aren’t calling your name this month, don’t worry! July is jam-packed with great DVD releases to watch in the comfort of your own home (where refreshments are cheaper anyway). The Host, Stephenie Meyer’s underrated Twilight follow-up, hits a small screen near you on July 9th. Those looking for something with a bit more humor should check out the always-hilarious Tina Fey in Admission.

On TV, “Under the Dome,” the much-talked-about adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, continues its sizzling summer run, while old favorites like “True Blood” and “Dexter” resume their respective seasons and are as crazy as ever. But if you’re in the market for something a little lower key (read: with way less gore), then tune in to the July 20th series premiere of "Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” on the Hallmark Channel.
 
Click here to see all the movies, TV shows and DVDs featured in July's Books on Screen.

 
Recent “Bookreporter.com Bets On” Selections

The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow
I like smart humor, both in conversation and in writing. Thus, when I heard Sally Koslow reading from The Widow Waltz this week at a book signing, I was reminded of why I enjoyed the book so much. It’s smart writing with a humorous punch.

Georgia Waltz has little to smile about. When the book opens, Georgia’s husband, Ben Silver (of course, Georgia kept her maiden name), has a heart attack on lap three of a sprint pre-New York marathon. As he lies gasping for air, he thinks about the small cell phone that’s not at his side --- not the iPhone the world knows about, but the one that has skittered away. And he wonders, “Who would call her?” And in one five-page chapter setup, Ben exits, but leaves behind his starring role for us to unravel with Georgia.

-Click here to read more of Carol's thoughts about the book.


Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

These days, divorce is fairly commonplace and so are fractured families, but this was not so in the 1950s when Caroline Leavitt’s book, Is This Tomorrow, is set. Families had a mom, dad and children --- and those whose families did not “conform” to this structure could feel like outsiders. Thus, when Ava Lark, the divorcee, meets Dot Rearson, the widow, and their children --- Ava’s Lewis and Dot’s Rose and Jimmy --- become fast friends, there is some solidity to their lives, though they are not like everyone else’s. Then Jimmy goes missing, and the fragile world that they have fabricated falls apart.

-Click here to read more of Carol's thoughts about the book.

Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin

This time of year, as school wraps up, is always one of reflection for me. I find myself thinking about my last year of high school and of college. I confess that I am not one of those people who keeps in touch with her kindergarten best friend or who has a large legion of friends from grade school, high school or college with whom I am still in touch, and I don’t spend weekends having reunions with a mass of people from my past. I instead seem to move on and make new friends while weaving some older ones into the fabric of my life. But I love reading about stories of people who bonded when they were in school --- over a sport, a cause, or just for being in the same place at a certain time.

-Click here to read more of Carol's thoughts about the book.

A Certain Summer by Patricia Beard

I am crazy about A Certain Summer by Patricia Beard, which is a perfect summer book. Set in 1948 at an idyllic beach community called Wauregan, this debut novel introduces readers to Helen Wadsworth, whose husband has been declared missing since an OSS operation in France during World War II. She is currently vacationing with her 14-year-old son, Jack, as they always have done. While she waits for news about what happened to her husband and longs for his return, two other men fall for her, which brings drama to the summer.


-Click here to read more of Carol's thoughts about the book.

Click here to see all the books we’re betting you’ll love.

 
New Guides Now Available

The following guides are now available on ReadingGroupGuides.com:

The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields: Told through the points of view of both Edith Wharton and Anna Bahlmann, The Age of Desire transports readers to the golden days of Wharton’s turn-of-the century world and effortlessly recreates the life of an unforgettable woman.
Birthing God: Women's Experiences of the Divine by Lana Dalberg: Forty women relate Spirit-filled moments in powerful narratives of suffering, love and hope that inspire both personal and collective transformation.
Christian Nation by Frederic C. Rich: SINCLAIR LEWIS MEETS THE HUNGER GAMES: Christian Nation is for fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or Philip Roth's The Plot Against America.
The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan: The Curiosity is a powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds that the greatest discovery is love.
Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine: From the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport comes a wise, clever story of New York in the ’60s. This comic, romantic love story is about a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.
The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler: The follow-up to The Hypnotist and The Nightmare, The Fire Witness is an unflinching page-turner. Time magazine stated that Kepler’s “ability to inhabit the workings of psychotic psyches is authentically shocking. Larsson is destined to have many heirs… Kepler is by far the best.”
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: In a story full of surprising twists, Gone Girl tracks the course of a marriage gone spectacularly wrong. For the protagonists, it’s a psychological battle with everything at stake; for the reader, an excavation of human failings and incredible depths of betrayal…and a mystery whose resolution is every bit as troubling as its beginning.
Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews: Heartache, humor and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Mary Kay Andrews' Ladies' Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on.
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice: From bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a captivating and sexy novel of love, both enduring and unexpected.
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian: From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair and revenge --- set in war-ravaged Tuscany.
Noah's Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan: Newly minted Special Agent Liv Bergen races against time to solve a child kidnapping --- which could take a fatal turn --- with the help of her gifted nephew, Noah.
Performance Anomalies by Victor Robert Lee: Can a young freelance spy with an accelerated nervous system save his lover and a nation from a brutal Beijing agent?
Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found by Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield: Secret Storms is the extraordinary true story of Julie Mannix von Zerneck and her daughter, Kathy Hatfield, who were separated at Kathy’s birth and reunited 43 years later.
The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison: Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.
Somewhere Between Luck and Trust by Emilie Richards: Somewhere between the townships called Luck and Trust, at a mountain cabin known as the Goddess House, two very different women may even, if they dare, find common ground and friendship.

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

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub: Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures is the enchanting story of a midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.
Shine Shine Shine
by Lydia Netzer: A debut unlike any other, Shine Shine Shine is a shocking, searing, breathless love story, a gripping portrait of modern family, and a stunning exploration of love, death and what it means to be human.
Sweet Tooth
by Ian McEwan: In this stunning new novel, Ian McEwan’s first female protagonist since Atonement is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction.


 

Contests Running on Other Sites in TheBookReportNetwork.com

We have a number of contests currently running on our other sites in TheBookReportNetwork.com. Please take a look at them below, and enter for your chance to win some fabulous books!

Bookreporter.com

Summer Reading Contests and Feature
Summer is just around the corner! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We will be spotlighting a different title on select days through July 31st, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter. We also will be sending a special daily newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

The Book of Someday
by Dianne Dixon
We are celebrating the September 3rd release of The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon with a special contest that will give 100 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Thursday, July 11th at noon ET.


The Mourning Hours
by Paula Treick DeBoard

We are celebrating the release of The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard with a special contest that will give 25 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 12th at noon ET.

Word of Mouth

Tell us your current reading recommendations with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. During the contest period from June 21st to July 12th, FIVE lucky readers each will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand, Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld and Unseen by Karin Slaughter.

20SomethingReads.com

Summer Beach Bag of Books 2013
It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the books on those Required Summer Reading lists you might have become accustomed to in high school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Second Annual 20SomethingReads.com Beach Bag of Books Contest. The deadline for entries is Thursday, July 18th at noon ET.

Teenreads.com

Summer Beach Bag of Books 2013
It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf, and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Seventh Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Contest. The deadline for entries is Thursday, July 18th at noon ET.

FaithfulReader.com

The Quarryman’s Bride: Land of Shining Water, Book 2 by Tracie Peterson
We are celebrating the release of The Quarryman’s Bride with a special contest that will give 50 readers the opportunity to win a copy of this second installment in Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water historical romance series. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
We are celebrating the release of Stealing the Preacher with a
special contest that will give 50 readers the opportunity to win a copy of Karen Witemeyer's latest historical romance, in which a preacher is forced off a train and delivered to a “retired” outlaw’s daughter for her birthday. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer
We are celebrating the release of Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales with a
special contest that will give readers the opportunity to win a copy of Randy Singer's latest legal thriller, in which an ex-con-turned-lawyer becomes the target of a killer who has a vendetta against the law firm he has recently joined. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

FaithfulReader.com's Monthly Contest
In our latest monthly contest, 25 readers will receive a copy of Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade. When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she’s forced to return home to Texas to take up the reins of an empire she has never wanted. Can the handsome manager of her father’s Thoroughbred farm help Meg face her fears and embrace new hopes for the future? The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.
 

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