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JANUARY 2010 Vol.I

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Now, on to the good stuff! Read on for the hottest new book club picks. From a critically acclaimed debut novel to a riveting true-life adventure story and a National Book Award Finalist, these books have us excited to start a year of great reading! And don't miss our exclusive video of author David Grann sharing his favorite discussion topics with reading groups.


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Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book Club Book of the Year (Lynn Neary)

"A winner.... Filled with mystical scenes and deeply felt characters.... Verghese is something of a magician as a novelist."
USA Today

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother's death and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles-and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

"A masterpiece.... Not a word is wasted in this larger-than-life saga.... Verghese expertly weaves the threads of numerous story lines into one cohesive opus. The writing is graceful, the characters compassionate and the story full of nuggets of wisdom."
—San Francisco Chronicle

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z
by David Grann

A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor

One of the Top Ten Books of the Year,
declares Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times: "Suspenseful.... Rollicking.... Reads with all the pace and excitement of a movie thriller."

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called "The Lost City of Z." In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett's quest for "Z" and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

"A riveting, exciting and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure."
—John Grisham

Lark and Termite

Lark & Termite
by Jayne Anne Phillips

National Book Award Finalist
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

"Powerful and emotionally piercing.... A novel that conjures with poetic ferocity the...unconscious, almost magical bonds shared by people who are connected by blood or love or memory."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Lark & Termite is a rich, wonderfully alive novel about seventeen year old Lark and her brother, Termite, living in West Virginia in the 1950s. Their mother, Lola, is absent, while their aunt, Nonie, raises them as her own, and Termite's father, Corporal Robert Leavitt, is caught up in the early days of the Korean War. Award-winning author Jayne Anne Phillips intertwines family secrets, dreams, and ghosts in a story about the love that unites us all.

"Phillips...[knows] how to bypass the reader's brain and inject her words directly into the bloodstream."
—Los Angeles Times


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