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You know that feeling when you finish a book and you’re desperately wanting more? We’ve collected Author Essays, Author Q&As, and Reader Guides from many of our featured books to continue your reading journey — and to start a lively book club discussion!

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Reader’s Guide for Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Dead Wake is perfect for your book club.

It’s a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.

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Book Club Kit for Spinster by Kate Bolick

Why are you excited about reading Spinster? Tell us in a comment and you could win a gorgeous printed copy of the Spinster Book Club Kit!

Spinster is – in the words on the author, Kate Bolick – “a memoir by way of biography – the story of my own coming-to-adulthood woven through the lives of five women from the last century: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. I call them my ‘awakeners,’ for how their genius, tenacity, and flair for drama emboldened me to live independently at the dawn of this century, and showed me that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless. Explore these awakeners with these limited edition paper dolls, a cocktail menu, a recommended reading list, and a discussion guide.”

Author Q&A Good for Book Clubs

Exclusive Interview with Giuliana Rancic About Her New Memoir Going Off Script

I had some friends read the manuscript, and they said, “But you didn’t tell the story about that time in Vegas…”

“There are stories in my book that I haven’t shared before,” admits Guiliana Rancic, “about past relationships, or my childhood, insecurities – certain things in my adult life I’ve blocked out.”

“Then I had to go back and relive them all, and that was tough, that was definitely the hardest part.

But I felt like if you’re going to write a memoir, you’re agreeing to be truthful. Otherwise, don’t do it. You have to be truthful, you have to share the stories that molded you, the stories that made you who you are today.”

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Start Reading The Other Side of Midnight

The man who sat before me at seven o’clock on a Tuesday evening was lying.

He’d come with an impeccable reference from a barrister client of mine, and though he was barely thirty-five, the tailoring of his three-piece suit and the glint of his watch chain spoke of success. He wore power easily in his posture and the set of his shoulders, like a man accustomed to it, and yet the problem he set me was not only trifling; it was false.

He dropped his gaze to the table, where my fingers rested over his, and I took the opportunity to study his face undetected. Slender, clean shaven. Almost handsome, but not quite; something about the width of the temples was off, and an absolute seriousness marred his expression, suggesting no sense of humor.

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Reader’s Guide for What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes

What You Left Behind is a psychological thriller packed with twists and turns that will keep you hooked until the very end.

“Hayes pulls readers in and keeps them captivated with plenty of red herrings, truly creepy characters, and a wickedly surprising ending that will stump even the most experienced thriller fan. Delightfully disturbing psychological suspense that fans of John Connolly, Lisa Gardner, and Sophie Hannah won’t be able to put down.” —Library Journal (starred review)

The reader’s guide features questions that will enrich your private reading experience and create a lively discussion with your book club. The ending will keep you talking for hours!

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Captivating Tale of the Daughter of Egypt’s Most Famous Queen

Dive in to the first chapter of Cleopatra’s Daughter and get hooked on Michelle Moran’s thrilling historical novel.

Alexandria. August 12, 30 BC.

While we waited for the news to arrive, we played dice. I felt the small ivory cubes stick in my palms as I rolled a pair of ones.

“Snake eyes,” I said, fanning myself with my hand. Even the stir of a sea breeze through the marble halls of our palace did little to relieve the searing heat that had settled across the city.

“It’s your turn,” Alexander said. When our mother didn’t respond, he repeated, “Mother, it’s your turn.” But she wasn’t listening.

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Reading Confessions From the Co-Authors of The Knockoff

Writing always seemed like a solitary sport to me—like swimming or long-distance running.

“In thirteen years of editing fiction, I had never worked with co-authors before,” admits Jenny Jackson, Senior Editor at Doubleday.

“So when I acquired Lucy Sykes’s and Jo Piazza’s The Knockoff, I had a lot of questions: How on earth did they work together? Was it fifty-fifty? And with a book as funny as The Knockoff, which one of them was actually the hilarious one?”

Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza reveal the books they’ve said they read (but they lied), the characters they love to hate, and their author crushes. And the music they listen to while writing. For Jo, it’s a mixture of sixties French pop with eighties American hair bands … no joke.

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Delicious Southern Menu from Frances Mayes’ Under Magnolia

Frances Mayes shares recipes for an easy-to-make Southern feast of comfort food at its best: Cheese Grits, Summer Squash Casserole, and Martha Washington Jetties.

Frances Mayes made us all fall in love with Tuscany with Under the Tuscan Sun. In Under Magnolia, the The Bard of Tuscany relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table and the fragrance of her hometown trees.

On grits: “We were always served grits for breakfast at my house, but somehow I never appreciated them until I lived in Italy and learned all about polenta, kissing cousin of grits. Now, living in the South again, I can’t get enough of shrimp and grits, or of this Cheese Grits dish my mother used to make.”