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November 21, 2012 Newsletter November 21, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving!

As promised, our newsletter comes to you early this week so our staff can enjoy a well-deserved loooooong weekend. We’ve had a really busy fall.

I KNOW I am not alone in feeling like Thanksgiving has crept up on me. The natural order of things used to be pumpkin carving, handing out candy, turkey, and then snow. I think there are children of a certain age --- like four to seven --- in my area of New Jersey who have a new definition of Halloween, which is you buy a costume, wear it around your house, and then eat a lot of candy you bought for yourself. And then it snows. And THEN it’s Thanksgiving. This year, with Turkey Day the absolute earliest that it can be, things feel even more out of kilter.

We are having a quiet holiday this year. My parents are off to Atlanta to spend the holiday with my sister, and though we received some lovely invites, we have opted to stay home and have a nice family dinner, which actually was Cory’s idea. Last night we went out for pizza and pasta and scrawled our menu onto the back of a napkin. We all chimed up with what’s worth cooking and what’s worth buying. We brined the turkey last year, and we are doing that again this year. Years ago, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade would come down past our office building on Broadway and we went into the city a couple of times for that (it since has been re-routed to 7th Avenue), and so when I watch it on television, I still picture the balloons at eye level.

I still want to see Skyfall and Lincoln (heard a funny joke the other day that “Lincoln is doing well in theaters; this was not typically the case”), as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I am one of those people who truly does not love going to the movies, though I love watching them. The idea of being someplace at a certain time and maybe being shut out of getting tickets does nothing for me. I truly would pay more to see a film from the comfort of my home, though Skyfall in IMAX does have a nice sound to it.

This week I watched part of Ken Burns’s documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” on PBS and we have the whole four hours DVRed for viewing. The parts I saw were excellent --- something in history that I had failed to learn much about. I forgot to share last week that we watched the HBO documentary about The Rolling Stones, “Crossfire Hurricane,” which we all enjoyed. Tom and the boys noted that the Stones got to a certain age in the film and then BAM everyone aged like 20 years, reminding us that their early and mid-years music is what we find to be the most memorable. I now am looking forward to reading MICK JAGGER by Philip Norman.

I have been enjoying ASHENDEN, a debut novel by Elizabeth Wilhide, which will be in stores on January 8th. ASHENDEN is a big house much like the one that we all are in love with called Downton Abbey (which will be back for Season Three on January 6th). As the book opens, a brother and sister, Charlie and Ros, have inherited their aunt’s much-loved house, and they must decide if they should keep it or sell it. We view the house over two-and-a-half centuries and come to know those who called it home or a place to work. I currently am up to the 1930s, and each chapter propels me into a different set of characters and their lives in the house.

Also this week, I read THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Jane Porter, the second in The Brennan Sisters series, which will be in stores on February 5th. It’s lovely light women’s fiction, the kind of book that is a delight to grab a cup of tea with and enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Nothing deep, but you definitely find yourself wrapped up with this big Irish family.

As promised, a couple of our newsletter readers --- David Abrams (who also is the author of FOBBIT) and Miriam Klein Kassenoff --- weighed in with their commentary about the Miami Book Fair, and I enjoyed sharing this experience vicariously. I love events like this where authors are the stars. I read a piece about NFL pitchmen this week, and it made me think about how authors are celebrities to us, but unless I am missing something, none of them are pitchmen for anything.

In stores this week is David Baldacci’s new thriller, THE FORGOTTEN, a sequel to 2011’s ZERO DAY. It marks the return of military criminal investigator John Puller, who finds out that the small town of Paradise, Florida is anything but a heavenly oasis. When Puller’s aunt is found dead in her home, the local police rule it out as an accident, but Puller finds evidence that it may well be murder. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light. And when he learns the truth about the happenings in this once sleepy town, he knows that his discoveries will impact far more than Paradise. Reviewer Kate Ayers calls Puller “a formidable yet deeply human character. His life is far from perfect, but still he carries on with humor and passion. That is never more evident than with this surprising ending. Teeming with David Baldacci’s characteristic roller coaster pacing, THE FORGOTTEN turns its own pages.”

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of one of the most internationally-acclaimed publications in the fashion industry? In Grace Coddington’s captivating memoir, GRACE, the extraordinarily talented and fiercely dedicated creative director of Vogue takes readers into the world of designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models and celebrities with whom she has created her signature images. The book journeys through her early years as a model, to her time as fashion editor at British Vogue, and finally her career at American Vogue that allowed her to become an international icon. Bronwyn Miller has our review and says, “GRACE is that rare mixture of beautiful coffee table book, with lush photographs and cute drawings by the author herself, and an in-depth, who’s-who in fashion --- a must-read for any and all fashionistas on your holiday list.” I already have gushed over this book --- and I will do that again here.

Another intriguing memoir you’ll want to check out offers a coming-of-age story with a window into the mysteries of the restaurant business. For Julia Pandl, the rite of passage into young adulthood included mandatory service at her family’s restaurant, where she watched as her father, the chef, ruled with the strictness of a drill sergeant. MEMOIR OF THE SUNDAY BRUNCH follows Pandl as she grows up in the weekly madhouse of her father’s Milwaukee-based eatery. In this wry memoir, she provides tender wisdom about the bonds between fathers and daughters and about the simple pleasures that lie in the daily ritual of breaking bread. Reviewer Sarah Rachel Egelman says, “MEMOIR OF THE SUNDAY BRUNCH is charming and entertaining, yet surprisingly deep. It is a unique take on family and responsibility, one that will have you laughing out loud and weeping. As an exploration of religion and faith, obligation and compassion, it hits the mark without hitting you over the head.”

Our latest Paperback Spotlight features CITY OF DARK MAGIC by Magnus Flyte, and 25 readers will win a copy of the book, which releases on November 27th. Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. Sarah Weston, a music student, lands a job at Prague Castle cataloguing Beethoven’s manuscripts for the summer. However, soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, December 13th at noon ET.

Meanwhile, our Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight giveaway continues for Andrew Britton’s latest thriller, THE OPERATIVE, which will be available in paperback on November 27th. After retiring from a harrowing 10 years of fighting terror, Agent Ryan Kealey is looking forward to some much-needed downtime. But when a horrific and unexpected terror attack in downtown Baltimore kills dozens, including the wife of the CIA’s deputy director, the search for the perpetrators will lead Kealey into the marbled halls of the American government itself. If you would like to receive a copy of the book and comment on it, please fill out this form by Thursday, November 29th at noon ET.

Our Holiday Cheer feature is now live! We have plenty of titles to get you in the holiday spirit, and we’ll be adding more in the days to come. Our Daily Contests will start the week of November 26th when we'll be giving away THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain and two books from Sheila Roberts: MERRY EX-MAS and BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE. The contests kick off at noon ET on select days in November and December, and run for just 24 hours, so you will have to check the site each day to see what is being featured. As always, we’ll be sending our special Holiday Cheer newsletter on the days when there are contests. If you would like to sign up for these email alerts, click here.

Sometimes deciding what to get is as hard as deciding what to give. So next week we’ll be posting our annual “What to Give, What to Get” Guide --- a list of books that will give you tons of gift-giving ideas (and maybe a few to put on YOUR “to me/from me” list).

Also kicking off next week are our Author Holiday Blogs, which we’re bringing back for a FIFTH consecutive year. Starting Monday, November 26th and continuing into the new year, we will be featuring new blog posts from authors every day! This year’s contributors include Melody Carlson, Juliette Fay, Eric Van Lustbader, Paula McLain, Karen Robards, Wendy Corsi Staub and Lee Woodruff. While you’re waiting to read these all-new pieces about giving and receiving books during the holidays, click here to see some of last year's posts.

In this season of giving, we’d like to share with you a very special giveaway that just launched on our site for A HEARTBEAT AWAY by Harry Kraus. Tori Taylor is a cancer surgeon who finds herself dying on her own operating table. After undergoing a heart transplant, Tori has memories of a homicide that she didn't witness. With her new heart, her previously ordered life is cluttered with chaos. Threatening memories, a search for the truth, and new opportunities for love and faith await. We're awarding 20 readers a copy of the book, and one of these winners will also receive a taste-tempting Grand Prize: a Harry's Gift Box from Harry & David that includes Royal Riviera pears, white extra-sharp cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked summer sausage, olive oil crackers and mixed nuts. The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 13th at noon ET, and you can enter the contest here.

Our poll question continues to ask when you start your holiday shopping. Are you a frantic Christmas Eve kind of person, or are you one of those meticulous planners who started in June? Click here to let us know! I will share my shopping style once the poll has ended.

In our Word of Mouth feature, we’re continuing our giveaway for the aforementioned THE FORGOTTEN, along with BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan and THE LAST MAN by Vince Flynn. Enter by Friday, November 30th at noon ET for your chance to win.

For those of you shopping this weekend, please think about supporting your local stores. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. It’s called Small Business Saturday, a national campaign sponsored by American Express that launched in 2010. Small businesses do so much good for our communities, thus it's time for us to do our part. On November 24th, let's get out and shop small! May I suggest a trip to your local Indie bookstore?

By the way, I have never been a Black Friday shopper; to me, that day is Avoid Shopping Friday.

I close thanking you for reading --- and wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving along with a weekend of enjoying family and friends. We all appreciate that you welcome this newsletter in your mailboxes each week. THANK YOU!

Carol Fitzgerald (

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Now in Stores: THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci

THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci (Thriller)
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is, and he’s the one the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes. Now he has a new case, but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. Before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that Paradise is not all it seems to be. What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident but a cold-blooded murder. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

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Now in Stores: GRACE by Grace Coddington

GRACE: A Memoir by Grace Coddington (Memoir)
Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than 40 years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

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Announcing's Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature
At, we kick off the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. As our gift to you, on select days in November and December, we will spotlight a book and give five lucky readers a chance to win it. You have to visit the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter the contest. If you think you will forget to check the site, no worries: we also send a special newsletter to announce the day's title.

Our first prize book will be announced on Tuesday, November 27th at noon ET. Next week's featured titles will be THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain, and MERRY EX-MAS and BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE by Sheila Roberts.

-Click here to sign up for our Holiday Cheer Daily Featured Book and Contest alerts.

Click here to see this year's featured Holiday Cheer titles, with more to come in the days ahead.
New Paperback Spotlight and Contest: CITY OF DARK MAGIC by Magnus Flyte

We are celebrating the November 27th release of CITY OF DARK MAGIC by Magnus Flyte with a special contest that will give 25 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, December 13th at noon ET.

CITY OF DARK MAGIC by Magnus Flyte (Urban Fantasy/Thriller)
Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.

Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.

-Click here to read an excerpt.
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-Click here to read Magnus Flyte's bio.
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-Connect with Magnus Flye on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to read more in our Paperback Spotlight and enter the contest.
Now in Stores: THE BRIDGE by Karen Kingsbury

THE BRIDGE by Karen Kingsbury (Romance)
For 30 years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

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Now in Stores: MEMOIR OF THE SUNDAY BRUNCH by Julia Pandl

At age 12, Julia Pandl was initiated into the rite of the Sunday brunch while working at her father's Milwaukee-based restaurant with her eight older siblings. There she learned the ropes of the family business as well as life lessons that would shape her for all the years to come. Her time working at the restaurant was not just a time of growing up, but ultimately of becoming a source of strength and support as the world her father knew began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.
Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

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Now in Stores: BOTH FLESH AND NOT by David Foster Wallace

BOTH FLESH AND NOT: Essays by David Foster Wallace (Essays)
BOTH FLESH AND NOT gathers 15 of David Foster Wallace’s essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not," considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; "The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2," which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; and "Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young," an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

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Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Andrew Britton, Author of THE OPERATIVE

We have 25 copies of THE OPERATIVE by Andrew Britton, which will be available in paperback on November 27th, to give away to readers who would like to read the book and comment on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, November 29th at noon ET.

THE OPERATIVE by Andrew Britton (Thriller)
After more than a decade on the deadly front lines of the war on terror, Ryan Kealey believes he’s finally put danger behind him --- and some of his demons to rest. But his calm is shattered when he’s swept into a merciless terror attack during a charity gala in downtown Baltimore. Among the dozens of casualties is the wife of CIA Deputy Director John Harper. With normal channels of investigation obstructed, Harper turns to Kealey, the one man with the resources, expertise --- and freedom from government interference --- to pursue the awful truth.

Following a string of secrets and violence, Kealey blazes a trail from the confines of the innermost chambers of government and big business to the dimmest reaches of the human psyche, forced to match wits with a new nemesis aided by new allies, each with a unique agenda. Slowly, Kealey unspools an unimaginable conspiracy that suggests America may in fact be its own worst enemy.

-Click here to read a review.
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-Click here to read Andrew Britton’s bio.
-Click here to visit Andrew Britton’s official website.

Click here to read more in our Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight and enter to win a copy.
Featured One to Watch Author: Ian McEwan, Author of SWEET TOOTH

SWEET TOOTH by Ian McEwan (Historical Romance)
Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.”

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

-Click here to read more about the book.
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-Click here for the reading group guide.
-Click here to read critical praise.
-Click here to read Ian McEwan’s bio.
-Click here to see the 50 winners selected to read and comment on the book.

Click here to read more in our One to Watch Author Spotlight.
This Week’s Reviews
SLEEP NO MORE: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen (Thriller)
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it's like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen from her, she fought for closure. But now as she's striving to begin anew, she can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen --- or maybe already has. When her mother, Sandra, asks for help in finding a missing friend named Beth Avery, Eve is sure that she's hiding something. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

THE SANCTUARY by Ted Dekker (Thriller)
Vigilante priest Danny Hansen is serving a 50-year prison term for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence. But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

THROUGH THE WINDOW: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story by Julian Barnes (Essays)
Julian Barnes’s follow-up to THE SENSE OF AN ENDING, last year’s Man Booker winner, is this collection of 17 essays and one short story --- all of them previously printed over the past 15 years --- about writers and the art of writing. His ruminations on writers as diverse as Penelope Fitzgerald, Michel Houellebecq and Joyce Carol Oates are as incisive as one expects from the keen intellect that gave us FLAUBERT’S PARROT. Reviewed by Michael Magras.

GOD: A Story of Revelation by Deepak Chopra (Fiction)
In Deepak Chopra's powerful, groundbreaking and imaginative new work --- a unique blend of storytelling and teaching --- the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of 10 historical prophets, saints, mystics and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God. Reviewed by Marcia Ford.

THE PRODIGAL SON: A Carmine Delmonico Novel by Colleen McCullough (Historical Mystery)
When Chubb University biochemist Millie Hunter notices that a deadly neurotoxin is missing from her laboratory refrigerator, she immediately goes to her father, Holloman, Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner. They both know that the situation is grave; the poison shuts down the nervous system and is virtually impossible to stop. Soon, as bodies pile up and the coroner keeps pointing to the neurotoxin, Captain Carmine Delmonico must find the killer fast. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

THE SHADOW GIRLS by Henning Mankell (Fiction)
Jesper Humlin is a poet of middling acclaim who is saddled by his underwhelming book sales, an exasperated girlfriend, a demanding mother, and a rapidly fading tan. It is only when he travels to Gothenburg to give a reading that his life is forever changed by three immigrant women who become unlikely pupils of his writing workshops. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

A DEATH IN THE SMALL HOURS by Charles Finch (Historical Mystery)
Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. He plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. However, the quiet village of Plumley greets him with a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops. Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

DEAD ASLEEP by Jamie Freveletti (Thriller)
Biochemist Emma Caldridge comes to a remote tropical island in the Caribbean in search of minerals believed to reverse the aging process. What she finds instead are the bloody remnants of a bizarre religious ritual. And here, where the local people speak in whispers about sea monsters, ancient voodoo curses and rampaging evil, she discovers something far more real...and more terrifying. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

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NEVER COMING BACK by Hans Koppel (Psychological Thriller)
Mike Zetterberg's wife, Ylva, doesn't come home as expected one night. Given the sudden and mysterious circumstances of her disappearance, Mike becomes the chief suspect. But what no one knows is that Ylva is being held hostage in the cellar of the house across the street. A secret camera has been set up in her own home so that Ylva can only watch her family on the screen. They cannot see her --- and they most certainly cannot hear her scream. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
Young Adult Books You Want to Read
As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Throughout the year, features adult books on, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Here are our latest featured titles:

COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Mystery)
Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue and needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only one for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer (Fiction)
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING follows the story of outcast high school senior Carson Phillips, who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker. Reviewed by Borana Greku.

PERRY’S KILLER PLAYLIST by Joe Schreiber (Mystery/Adventure)
When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band, Inchworm, he can’t resist a visit to Harry’s Bar, where Gobi told him she’d meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well...Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

Click here to see all the young adult books we recommend you read.
Contests Running on Other Sites in
We have a number of contests currently running on our other sites in Please take a look at them below, and enter for your chance to win some fabulous books!

ABOVE ALL THINGS by Tanis Rideout
We are celebrating the forthcoming release of ABOVE ALL THINGS --- Tanis Rideout’s debut novel that tells the harrowing story of George Mallory’s third and final attempt to summit Mount Everest in 1924 --- with a special contest. 50 readers will have the opportunity to each win an advance copy of the book, which will be in stores on February 12th, for their group. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 5th at noon ET.

“What Are You Reading?” Monthly Contest Feature
Let us know what your group is reading in November, and you’ll be entered in a giveaway to win multiple copies of a book for your group! Our latest prize book is THE PARIS WIFE, Paula McLain’s bestselling novel that captures the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley. We have 12 copies of the book, which will be available in paperback on November 27th, to give away to three groups. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 5th at noon ET.

Registered Book Club Promotion
For November, we have a very special opportunity for Registered Book Groups. Our featured title this month is ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART by Jane Green, and we will be giving away copies to 350 groups who agree to read and discuss the book in February or March. Groups that have registered with us by Monday, November 26th at noon ET will have the chance to win. If your group is not registered with, click here to register.

Holiday Bundle of Cheer

At, we have brought back our Holiday Bundle of Cheer Contest and Feature. As our gift to you, we are giving five readers a chance to win seven amazing books, along with some incredibly festive goodies. Be sure to enter the contest before Friday, December 14th at noon ET for your chance to win!

Word of Mouth
Send us your current reading recommendations with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of PERRY'S KILLER PLAYLIST by Joe Schreiber and REACHED: Matched Trilogy, Book 3 by Ally Condie. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 30th at noon ET.

We are celebrating the release of A HEARTBEAT AWAY by Harry Kraus with a special contest that will give 20 readers the opportunity to win the book. In addition, one of these winners will be awarded a Harry's Gift Box from Harry & David that includes Royal Riviera pears, white extra-sharp cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked summer sausage, olive oil crackers and mixed nuts. The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 13th at noon ET.’s Monthly Contest
In our latest monthly contest, 50 readers will receive a copy of COURTING CATE, the first installment in Leslie Gould's The Courtships of Lancaster County series. The deadline for entries is Monday, December 10th at noon ET.
This Week’s Poll

When do you start your holiday shopping?

I already started.

I already am done.

I start right before Thanksgiving.

I start right after Thanksgiving.

I wait until December.

I wait until the absolute last minute.

I do not do holiday shopping.

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Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- and You Could Win THREE Books!

Tell us your current reading recommendations with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. During the contest period from November 9th to November 30th, FIVE lucky readers each will be randomly chosen to win a copy of BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan, THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci, and THE LAST MAN by Vince Flynn.

To make sure other readers will be able to find the books you write about, please include the full title and correct author names (your entry must include these to be eligible to win). For complete rules and guidelines, click here.

-To see reader comments from previous contest periods, click here.


Click here to enter the contest.

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