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MARCH 2010 vol. II

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the newest installment of Reading Group Center News!

We're excited to announce the paperback release of Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played With Fire just in time for the major motion picture of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! If you haven't read these electrifying novels yet, now is your chance.

Alexander McCall Smith brings us his newest addition to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built. It's a must read for any fan of these wonderful characters.

Hope you enjoy our other offerings as well!

Your friends at the Reading Group Center

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
by Alexander McCall Smith


"As wise and lovely as ever." —USA Today

In this latest installment in the endlessly entertaining series, Precious Ramotswe faces problems both personal and professional.

The first is the potential demise of an old friend, her tiny white van. Recently, it has developed a rather troubling knock, but she dare not consult the estimable Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for fear he may condemn the vehicle. Meanwhile, her talented assistant Mma Makutsi is plagued by the reappearance of her nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who has taken a job at the Double Comfort Furniture store whose proprietor is none other than Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi's fiancé. Finally, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency has been hired to explain the unexpected losing streak of a local football club, the Kalahari Swoopers. But with Mma Ramotswe on the case, it seems certain that everything will be resolved satisfactorily.

"[McCall Smith] is a master.... There's beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line." —The Christian Science Monitor

by Blake Bailey

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Notable Book

"A definitive, Dickensian rendering of a complete and complicated life, addictively readable and long overdue." —Bret Anthony Johnston, The New York Times

John Cheever spent much of his career impersonating a perfect suburban gentleman, the better to become one of the foremost chroniclers of postwar America. Written with unprecedented access to essential sources—including Cheever's massive journal, only a fraction of which has ever been published—Bailey's Cheever is a stunning example of the biographer's art and a brilliant tribute to an essential author.

"A triumph of thorough research and unblinkered appraisal."
—John Updike, The New Yorker

The Wild Things
by Dave Eggers


"Eggers, in this funny and touching novelization of Maurice Sendak's picture book, is brilliant at portraying the exuberance and chaos of a young boy's mind and heart." —San Francisco Chronicle

Max is a rambunctious eight-year-old whose world is changing around him: His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown him. Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister's room and driving his mother half-crazy. Convinced his family doesn't want him anymore, Max flees home, finds a boat and sails away. Arriving on an island, he meets strange and giant creatures who rage and break things, who trample and scream. These beasts do everything Max feels inside, and so, Max appoints himself their king. Here, on a magnificent adventure with these funny and complex monsters, Max can be the wildest thing of all.

In this visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic work, Dave Eggers brings an imaginary world vividly to life, telling the story of a lonely boy navigating the emotional journey away from boyhood.

"[A] terrific new novel.... A fresh way to tell us a story we already know so well, about the monstrous forces of love and hate that mark every childhood—and pursue us howling into adulthood." —Boston Globe

A Saint on Death Row
by Thomas Cahill

How a Forgotten Child Became a Man and Changed a World

"This book is a life-changer. Thomas Cahill has shown—through the extraordinary life of one man—that God works everywhere and can bring the most beautiful soul to maturity in even the most horrifying circumstances. If you read his story you will never forget Dominique Green, nor will you ever feel the same way about our courts, our prisons, and our criminal justice system."
—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

Bestselling author Thomas Cahill tells the absorbing, heartbreaking tale of the hard life and tragic death of Dominique Green—wrongly accused, then executed in Huntsville, Texas—and shines a light on our racist and deeply flawed criminal justice system.

Green, an extraordinary young man from the urban ghettos of Houston, was utterly failed by every echelon of society—the Catholic Church, numerous U.S. courts of law, and even his own mother. But from the depths of despair on Death Row, he transcended his earthly sufferings and achieved enlightenment and peace, inciting an international movement against the death penalty and inspiring his personal hero, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to plead publicly for mercy.

A Saint on Death Row is an unforgettable, sobering, and deeply spiritual account that illuminates the moral imperatives too often ignored in the headlong quest for judgment.


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Stieg Larsson's #1 bestseller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is now a major motion picture in theaters now!

"Gripping thriller based on the first book of the wildly popular 'Millennium' trilogy by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson.... This mystery is as devastating, suspenseful, and satisfying on screen." —Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine

Click here for an excerpt.

Click here to find out more about the movie, watch the offical movie trailer and more at our screening room site.

Click here to buy the book.

Also, the hugely anticipated sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire is now in paperback!

"A stay-up-all-night read." —Entertainment Weekly

"Pulse-pounding.... Stieg Larsson has bottled lightning." —Los Angeles Times

"Believe the hype.... This is gripping stuff." —People

Click here for an excerpt.

Click here to buy the book.


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