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January 2008 Book Club Schedule

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January 2008 Book Clubs Schedule
January 2nd - February 1st

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Luanne Rice -- January 7-11
With every bestseller, Luanne Rice illuminates yet another of the secret wonders of the heart. Her unforgettable evocations of family, friendship, and loves lost and won in such novels as The Edge of Winter and Sandcastles give voice to our most powerful emotions. In her latest, What Matters Most, Sister Bernadette Ignatius returns to Ireland in the company of Tom Kelly to search for the son they left behind. And look for Rice's new book, Light of the Moon, in late January. Luanne Rice joins the conversation on January 7th. See all Luanne Rice titles.

Dennis Lehane -- January 14-18
Boston and its environs are the setting for most of Dennis Lehane’s fiction. From gritty inner-city motels to the lavish suburbs, Lehane brings a Boston subculture and its vivid characters to life in his detective novels. Lehane fans return time and time again for his tense psychological thrillers that chip away at secrets deep within the human soul. Two of his novels -- Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone -- have been made into blockbuster movies. Dennis Lehane joins the conversation on January 14th. See all Dennis Lehane titles.

Jim Cramer -- January 21-25
You know him as the host of CNBC's "Mad Money," which features lively guest interviews, viewer calls and, most importantly, the unmatched, fiery opinions of Cramer himself. His bestselling books act as a guide through the confusing jungle of Wall Street investing. His latest, Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer) is ultimate guide to lifetime investing for readers of any age. Jim Cramer joins the conversation on January 21st. See all Jim Cramer titles.

Deanna Raybourn -- January 28-February 1
After many years of struggling to break into the romance novel market, native Texan Deanna Raybourn finally struck gold by switching gears and writing a finely detailed, impressively authentic, and utterly mesmerizing historical mystery, Silent in the Grave. Her follow up, Silent in the Sanctuary, continues the story of Lady Julia Gray and private investigator Nicholas Brisbane. Deanna Raybourn joins the conversation on January 28th. See all Deanna Raybourn titles.

The First Look Book Club

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
Thanks to everyone who enrolled in January's First Look Book Club! A #1 bestseller in Australia, this is the story of young Grace Bradley who went to work at Riverton House as a servant before the First World War. In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. In 1999, when Grace is 98 years old and living out her last days in a nursing home, she is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties, and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever. Kate Morton joins the conversation on January 14. Enrolled readers, click here.

Talk about Books, Genres, & Ideas

New Reads with Rachel Kubie: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen with the author, Syrie James.
Our inaugural New Reads selection is sure to delight Jane Austen fans! Join the author, Syrie James, as we imagine what treasures could be found in long-lost Austen memoirs. Written in a style that echoes Austen's own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind Austen's romantic tales. Click here to learn more about New Reads. Join the conversation.

A Moderator-led discussion of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Born into wealth and privilege, Siddhartha renounces his place among India's nobility to wander the countryside in search of meaning. Join us for a discussion of one of the most widely read novels of the 20th century -- Hesse's masterpiece about the struggle of the soul to see beyond the illusions of humankind and achieve a deeper wisdom. Join the conversation.

A Moderator-led discussion of Run by Ann Patchett
On a fateful winter night, Bernard Doyle plans to meet his two adopted sons -- he's Irish Catholic, they're African-American -- at an event given by Jesse Jackson. But as the snow begins to falls, an accident triggers a series of events that will forever change their lives. Join us as we discuss what truly defines family and the lengths we will go to protect our children. Join the conversation.

A Moderator-led discussion of The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
In the northeastern Himalayas, a political uprising challenges the old way of life. An embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace is compelled to care for his orphaned granddaughter, while worrying about his son in New York. When a Nepalese insurgency causes their lives to descend into chaos, the judge must revisit his past, and consider bigger issues of nationhood, culture, and family. Join the conversation.

The Book Explorers Club has a new look!
Be sure to visit the Book Explorers board for interesting weekly posts by Ande, the moderator, about great reads and the magic that occurs when you come across hidden literary gems. Join the conversation.

The Paranormal Book Club surveys The Becoming, Blood Drive, and The Watcher by Jeanne Stein
Meet Anna Strong, a tough-as-nails bounty hunter who is trained for anything -- until she's attacked one night, only to awaken in a dark world that exists between the living and the dead. Jeanne Stein joins the conversation in January. Join the conversation.

The Jewish Encounters Book Club reads Maimonides by Sherwin B. Nuland
Moses Maimonides was a Renaissance man before there was a Renaissance: a physician who served a sultan, a Torah scholar, a community leader, and a philosopher who attempted to reconcile scientific knowledge with faith in God. He was a Jew living in a Muslim world, a rationalist living in a time of superstition. Eight hundred years after his death, his notions about God, faith, the afterlife, and the Messiah still stir debate; his life as a physician still inspires; and the enigmas of his character still fascinate. Sherwin B. Nuland joins the conversation in January. Join the conversation.

The Crime Club reads A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block
As a starting point of discussing crime stories set in NYC, the Crime Club will take a look at A Diet of Treacle. Anita Carbone was a good girl, and it bored her. That's why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran with the gentle touch. But it was also where she met his drug-dealing roommate -- a man whose unnatural appetites led to murder. Join the conversation.

The Mystery Book Club discusses Third Degree and True Evil by Greg Iles
Greg Iles gained notice for his smart, what-if storylines based on World War II scenarios; but when he turned to his own territory to write suspenseful, modern crime stories set in the American South, that's when readers really sat up and took notice. Take a look at his latest, Third Degree, and the story of the most terrifying day in the history of a marriage; and True Evil, in which local divorce attorney has a cluster of clients whose spouses have all died under mysterious circumstances. Join the conversation.

The History Book Club discusses Boom! Voices of the Sixties by Tom Brokaw
Remarkable in its insights, profoundly moving, wonderfully written and reported, this revealing portrait of a generation and of an era, and of the impact of the 1960s on our lives today, lets us be present at this reunion ourselves, and join in these frank conversations about America then, now, and tomorrow. Join the conversation.

Literature by Women continues its discussion of Middlemarch by George Eliot
Often called the greatest nineteenth-century British novelist, George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans) created a vast panorama of life in a provincial Midlands town. At the story’s center stands the intellectual and idealistic Dorothea Brooke, a character who in many ways resembles Eliot herself. But the very qualities that set Dorothea apart from the materialistic, mean-spirited society around her also lead her into a disastrous marriage with a man she mistakes for her soul mate. In a parallel story, young doctor Tertius Lydgate, who is equally idealistic, falls in love with the pretty but vain and superficial Rosamund Vincy, whom he marries to his ruin. Join the conversation.

The Epics Book Club continues its discussion of Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
These twelve narrative poems were published between the years of 1856 and 1885. Great Britain's poet laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, retells the British legend of King Arthur, his knights, and his love for Guinevere, and the rise and fall of his kingdom. Based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and the Mabinogion, the Idylls begin with The Coming of Arthur (his coronation, ascension, and marriage), and end with The Passing of Arthur (his fateful battle with Modred, the traitor.) Join the conversation.

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