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February 2008 Book Clubs Schedule Febrary 4 - 29
Stuart Woods -- February 4-8
With three successful mystery series going at once -- the most popular featuring jet-setting cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington -- Woods more than manages to keep a bestselling streak that shows no signs of slowing down. His latest, Beverly Hills Dead is a page-turning novel of murder, political intrigue, and betrayal set in 1940s "Red Scare" Hollywood, when almost anyone could be a suspect. Stuart Woods joins the conversation on February 4th. See all Stuart Woods titles.
Jayne Ann Krentz -- February 11-14
A successful corporate and academic librarian-turned-author, Krentz broke out in the 1990s as a writer of romantic novels. To say that she has been successful is an understatement: A New York Times-bestselling author with more than 23 million copies of her books in print, she writes three sub-genres of romantic suspense under three different pen names: contemporary romances as Jayne Ann Krentz, historical romances as Amanda Quick, and futuristic/paranormal romances as Jayne Castle. Her latest, Sizzle and Burn, will delight paranormal romance readers. Jayne Ann Krentz joins the conversation on February 11th. See all Jayne Ann Krentz titles.
Ursula Hegi -- February 18-22
Hegi's first two books had American settings, but when she was in her 40s she began investigating her cultural heritage in stories about life in Germany. Her critically acclaimed 1994 novel, Stones from the River, was selected in 1999 as an Oprah's Book Club pick. Her latest novel, The Worst Thing I've Done, tells the story of one fateful night, when three friends step over a line with shocking consequences for all. Ursula Hegi joins the conversation on February 18th. See all Ursula Hegi titles.
Kristin Hannah -- February 24-28
Author of fifteen bestsellers, Hannah says (on her Web site) that her books "tend to be about women coming of age, whenever that happens in their life". Her latest, Firefly Lane, is a story for, as the publisher describes, "anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac." Kristin Hannah joins the conversation on February 24th. See all Kristin Hannah titles.
Talk about Books, Genres, & Ideas
New Reads with Rachel Kubie:
The Jewel Trader of Pegu with the author, Jeffrey Hantover.
Historical fiction fans will enjoy February's New Reads selection! Join us for the story of Abraham, a young Jewish gem merchant who seeks his fortune in the lush and exotic Burmese kingdom of Pegu. Far from being a paradise, certain local customs test Abraham's moral beliefs and fill him with dread and despair … until love and political upheaval redefine his dreams for the future. Jeffrey Hantover joins the conversation on February 4th. Click here to learn more about New Reads.
A Moderator-led discussion of
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, Moll married five times and spent nearly thirty-five years as a prostitute and a thief before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. Join us as we discuss this hugely entertaining story, filled with scandalous sexual and criminal adventures.
A Moderator-led discussion of
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of Vienna, the book is a pawn in the struggle against the city's rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed. And in Seville in 1480, the Haggadah's extraordinary illuminations are finally disclosed. Inspired by a true story, join the discussion of this tense historical thriller.
A Moderator-led discussion of
Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has signed on to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple. But when the Edwards's two grown sons arrive and vie for her attention, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. Join the conversation on marriage, family, and the supreme courage it takes to love.
A Moderator-led discussion of The
Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Begin a journey through the works of Tolkien with The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
The Paranormal Book Club surveys
Succubus on Top,
Succubus Blues, by Richelle Mead
Meet Georgina Kincaid, a sexy, shape-shifting demon who seduces men to death (literally). The first in this series, Succubus Blues, has Georgina investigating the serial killing of her fellow immortals. In Succubus on Top, Georgina's relationship with her boyfriend gets complicated. Richelle Mead joins the conversation in February.
The History Book Club discusses
Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight -- along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos -- this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the island hunting ground of the Lenape Indians to the death of the oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan's Gilded Age dining chambers.
The Jewish Encounters Book Club reads
Emma Lazarus by Esther Schor
Emma Lazarus's most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time that we are still scrambling to catch up with her -- a feminist, a Zionist, and an internationally famous Jewish American writer before these categories even existed. Esther Schor joins the conversation in February.
The Mystery Book Club discusses
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Tey's classic bestselling novel is a must-read for mystery connoisseurs. Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains -- a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.
The Crime Book Club reads
Money Shot by Christa Faust
They thought she'd be easy. They thought wrong. It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one more movie. Before she knew it, she'd been shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car. But Angel is a survivor. And that means she'll get to the bottom of what's been done to her even if she has to leave a trail of bodies along the way.
The Epics Book Club begins a discussion of
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
From its famous opening sentence -- “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” -- to its stunningly tragic conclusion, this enduring tale plumbs the very depths of the human soul. Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.
The Literature by Women Book Club discusses
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist. When young Catherine Morland and her boyfriend, Henry Tilney, visit his family estate, Catherine lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. Is the family concealing a terrible secret? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Executed with high-spirited gusto, this is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is also a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.
If you missed last October's First Look Book Club featuring The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff, here's your chance to read this great story of family secrets revealed. The book is officially released on February 5th, and you're invited to visit the original discussion and post your comments.
And be sure to visit The Book Explorers Club for interesting weekly posts by Ande, the moderator, about great reads and the magic that occurs when you come across hidden literary gems.
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