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Need some great and easy food ideas for your next book club meeting?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Nothing beats talking about a good book with some delicious food on hand. To spice up your next discussion group, look no further than J.M. Hirsch’s HIGH FLAVOR, LOW LABOR: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking (on sale September 7th). With nearly 150 mouthwatering recipes that require no more than 15 or 20 minutes of preparation, HIGH FLAVOR, LOW LABOR is sure to provide some tantalizing options to fuel the talk over your latest club pick: will it be Feta Crostini with Tomato, Bacon, and Apple Jam, or maybe some Brown Sugar and Ginger Pumpkin Bread?

Check out the video below for some helpful tips, and click here to view an excerpt of recipes via our friends at Scribd. And you can also pre-order the book by clicking here.

Have you seen TNT’s new show Rizzoli & Isles?

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Apprentice Based on The New York Times bestselling novels by Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles is one of TNT’s hottest new suspense dramas.

Have you been watching the show? It airs every Monday night on TNT at 10pm (eastern time). If you’ve seen it, tell us what you think of Gerritsen’s characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles coming to life on screen! We would love to know your thoughts.

Check out this video of Tess Gerritsen talking about Rizzoli & Isles.

AMANDINE is “a banquet of sumptuous imagery and delicious historical detail.”*

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010


Marlena de Blasi, the acclaimed author of such delectable memoirs as A Thousand Days in Venice and That Summer in Sicily, now brings her luminous prose to the world of fiction with this remarkable debut novel. Set against the backdrop of Europe as it moves inexorably toward World War II, AMANDINE follows a young orphan’s journey in search of her heritage.

AMANDINE is a sumptuous tale of identity and survival, persistent hope and unexpected love.

Click here to read an excerpt!

Watch a video with Marlena de Blasi, courtesy of her Polish publisher.

*Chandra Prasad, author of On Borrowed Wings

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: Now a New York Times Bestseller

Friday, March 26th, 2010

MOONEmily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Interested in discussing with your book club? Use this reader’s guide to help you along!

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Shanghai Girls interview with New York Times Bestselling author Lisa See

Friday, February 12th, 2010

In 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are—Shanghai girls.

Meet Flavia de Luce!

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – It is the summer of 1950and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasnt. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

Visit Alan Bradley’s website and learn more about the Flavia de Luce Mystery series.

National Book Award Winning, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Friday, February 12th, 2010

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCanns stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.

Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed authors most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.

Visit Colum’s website for reviews, interviews and more video!

Hannah Tinti talks about The Good Thief

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting talents writing today.

Jamie Ford discusses Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

Visit Jamie Ford’s website to follow his blog and see if he is coming to a city near you.

At Home with Lorna Landvik

Monday, February 1st, 2010

In this special video, Lorna Landvik treats you to an intimate look at her delightful novels and the people and places that inspired them. Watch this preview, and click here to order the FREE DVD to share with your book club. (more…)

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