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Enter for Your Chance to Win a Box o’ Books for the Whole Family

Kids, young adults, adults, fans of fiction and non-fiction … there’s something here for everyone.

Some of your favorite novelists – Danielle Steel, Alice Hoffman, Carl Hiassen – also write YA and kids books, so we’ve included both. And some of your favorite books – Unbroken, Thomas Jefferson – have been adapted for younger readers. And then there are the movie tie-ins, so we’re giving away both the book and the DVD for Maze Runner. And let’s not forget about those series and adults and young adults alike devour book-by-book! So we’ve included Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight and Steelheart.

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RIFers Can’t Wait for Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread

RIFer Lala57 says, “I devour her novels – they’re gourmet reads!”

When we hosted our Read It First giveaway last week, we got dozens of comments about all the reasons RIFers love Anne Tyler. We thought we’d share some of these insightful comments. Sure makes you want to pick up an Anne Tyler novel, doesn’t it?

RIFer Edith says, “What a treat it would be to immerse oneself in the world of an Anne Tyler novel on a winter evening in front of the fireplace!”

According to RIFer Teresa, “Books could be written about Anne Tyler’s writing style. Clear, crisp, concise. Her words paint pictures in my heart. I cannot wait to read this new work!”

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Start Reading If I Fall, If I Die

The boy stepped Outside, and he did not die.

“He was not riddled with arrows, his hair did not spring into flame, and his breath did not crush his lungs like spent grocery bags. His eyeballs did not sizzle in their sockets, and his heart’s pistons did not seize. No barbarian lopped his head into a blood-soggy wicker basket, and no glinting ninja stars were zinged into his throat.

Actually, incredibly: nothing happened—no immolation, no blood-bath, no spontaneous asphyxiation, no tide of shivery terror crashing upon the shore of his heart—not even a trace of his mother’s Black Lagoon in his breath.”

Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

Novelists Adam Sternbergh and Lev Grossman on Genre Fiction and Theories of Nerd-dom

There are essentially three kinds of nerds: Sci-Fi Nerds (e.g. Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.); Superhero Nerds (e.g. superheroes and comic books), and Fantasy Nerds (e.g. Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).

Adam Sternbergh: My theory is: You can’t be all three. You can be one, you can be two, but never all three.

Lev Grossman: I might suggest a refinement along the lines of: One’s nerdiness is a fixed quantity, a non-expanding pie, which can only be allocated to one genre/medium at the expense of another.

Adam Sternbergh: I like that—the Quantity Theory of Nerd-dom . . . I wonder if this biodiversity of enthusiasms has contributed to the explosion of literary-genre crossbreeds—which is to say, novels that take seriously both the pleasures of genre and the pleasures of literary fiction?

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Women’s Fiction Giveaway: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959.

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets.

Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of her work, Anne Tyler’s latest novel tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity.

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Literary Fiction Giveaway: If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls “A bruiser of a tale . . . a death-defying coming-of-age story.”

Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and loving, full of art, experiments, and music—but confined to their small house.

But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside.

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Start Reading The Room by Jonas Karlsson

Critics say The Room is Franz Kafka meets Melville’s ‘Bartelby, the Scrivener’ with a dash of the film Brazil thrown in.

Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works–a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his co-workers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy.

Bjorn’s bizarre behavior eventually leads his co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.

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The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins Will Make You Laugh (and Cringe a Little If You’re an American)

Do you think a writer – like Irvine Welsh, who is from the U.K. writing about the U.S. – has a different perspective on American culture?

It’s always interesting to get the perspective of someone from another country, especially when it comes to our own popular culture. Things that we take for granted are thrown into stark contrast for someone who didn’t grow up here.

That’s certainly the case with The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh. He’s the author behind the iconic book and film Trainspotting – he now lives in the U.S. and has turned his comic wit on American culture. As the Financial Times pointed out, “the excitement of Welsh’s writing derives from the perverse glee he takes in our lowest obsessions.”