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Father’s Day Special: Gift Giving Suggestions from Our Reading Circle

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Hillenbrand_UNBROKEN With only a few days remaining until Father’s Day we’d like to take a moment to share some of our top book picks for the special men in our lives. Share some of your gift giving suggestions with us on our Facebook page!

Kesley Tiffey is sending her a copy of Dad is Fat to her father and stepfather. She also sincerely hopes they find the title humorous.

Rick Gingrich thinks his father will enjoy Birdmen by Lawrence Goldstone, the story of the intense rivalry that fueled the rise of American aviation. In the past, some of his favorite gifts have been The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. and Fearless.


Leigh Marchant thinks her father will enjoy reading the New York Times bestseller Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She will also gift copies of Stress Test by Timothy Geithner and Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull this year!

Maggie Oberrender
looks forward to giving her grandfather Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd and Never Go Back by Lee Child.

Jess Bonet can’t wait to take a trip home to give her father a copy of Smoke at Dawn by Jeff Shaara and Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman this year!

And Selby McRae is going with Fierce Patriot by Robert L. O’Connell this year as well as The 40s: The Story of a Decade by the New Yorker for her father. He loves history and nonfiction.

Jane’s Bookshelf, Volume 1: New Year, New Books

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

JVMWhat does a publisher at the world’s biggest publishing house read for pleasure? (And how does she find the time?) Jane von Mehren is the Senior Vice President and Publisher of Trade Paperbacks at the Random House Publishing Group. Every now and then, she’ll be featuring her favorite new reads in her Reader’s Circle column, Jane’s Bookshelf—books that she thinks you’ll love, whether you read them solo or with your club! And if you’re on Twitter, you can follower her tweets at @janeatrandom.

The AffairEvery year, I use the holiday break as a time to try new authors, revisit favorites, explore genres I don’t often reach for, and catch up on that classic I’ve been meaning to get to. This year, my new author was Lee Child. So many people rave about this series’ hero, Jack Reacher, I had to meet this guy. THE AFFAIR is a perfect place to start since it’s the story of the events that result in his leaving the military and becoming the loner ex-military cop he’s so famous for. I loved being in Reacher’s mind as he investigates the death of a young woman in a small Mississippi town, uncovering a case that is more complex and nuanced than he’s been led to believe. And when he brilliantly outwits the bad guys who definitely don’t want to be found, I cheered, realizing that I too had become a “Reacher creature.”

lonewolfI haven’t read a Jodi Picoult novel in ages, so when an early copy of LONE WOLF (being published by Atria this spring) came my way, I knew I was in for a treat. After an accident leaves Luke in a vegetative state, his estranged son and overprotective daughter must decide his fate in a tale that is emotionally and morally riveting. Luke has spent his life working with wolves, and what you learn about wolf pack behavior resonates beautifully with the story of this family in crisis. Yes, I cried—and yes, there are some painful moments—but I couldn’t stop reading. And the ending has one of those incredible surprises that I didn’t see coming, but was so true and utterly satisfying.

Catherine_the_GreatI have always loved biography, but with so many (often shorter) books on my pile, I don’t read as many as I’d like. Robert Massie’s CATHERINE THE GREAT brings Catherine, who became Empress of Russia in 1762, completely alive in the pages of this masterful portrait, making you understand her as a woman, mother, politician, lover, and ruler. No less impressive is his account of the era’s history and the artistic, military, philosophical, and political events that she controlled for more than three decades.

MadameBovary_transLydiaDavisOnly part way through the classic, Lydia Davis’s translation of MADAME BOVARY, I’ve found myself reading it a bit differently since I’ll be discussing it with my Ladies of Lefferts book club in a couple of weeks. I cherish the conversations and camaraderie of our evenings together, which reminds me of the delightful, witty memoir by Rachel Bertsche, MWF SEEKING BFF we just published. Bertsche writes about how central the book club experience was to her while trying to forge the friendships she craved when she left behind her BFFs in New York and moved to Chicago. She’s right: the combination of delicious food and lively conversation brings people together in an intimate way. As I finish MADAME BOVARY and start 2012, I wish you many a great read, engrossing discussion, and deepened friendship.

Mystery lovers: Win a copy of A Study in Sherlock!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Study in SherlockThis giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

Read an excerpt here

Bestselling authors go Holmes in an irresistible new collection!

Neil Gaiman. Laura Lippman. Lee Child. These are just three of eighteen superstar authors who provide fascinating, thrilling, and utterly original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes in this one-of-a-kind book. These modern masters place the sleuth in suspenseful new situations, create characters who solve Holmesian mysteries, contemplate Holmes in his later years, fill gaps in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, and reveal their own personal obsessions with the Great Detective.

Featuring stories from:
Alan Bradley
Tony Broadbent
Jan Burke
Lionel Chetwynd
Lee Child
Colin Cotterill
Neil Gaiman
Laura Lippman
Gayle Lynds & John Sheldon
Phillip & Jerry Margolin
Margaret Maron
Thomas Perry
S. J. Rozan
Dana Stabenow
Charles Todd
Jacqueline Winspear

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