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Enter for Your Chance to Win The Porcelain Thief

A journalist travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family’s hidden treasure and comes to understand his ancestry as he never has before.

“Huan Hsu’s return to his ancestral Chinese village in search of buried treasure keeps readers turning the pages, eager to see what he finds. The dig turns up more than ancient family valuables, as Hsu meets distant relatives and learns of the turmoil that they endured and that he, as an American-born Chinese, avoided. Part memoir, part journey, and part archaeological expedition, The Porcelain Thief is as suspenseful as any Indiana Jones adventure.” –Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing and In Manchuria

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

5 Literary Guests I’d Want at My Dinner Party

I imagine my fantasy dinner as more of a potluck pajama party: lounging on pillows in front of the fireplace, plentiful cups of hot tea rivaling the ample wine, and a smorgasbord of nibbles at our socked feet.

In that setting, I’d love to have these five literary powerhouses together for an open, honest conversation about being childless women in a world where motherhood is the ubiquitous expectation.

I greatly admire each of my dinner party guests for their literary accomplishments and moreover, their exemplary legacy as women pioneers. The idea of having these five together (if even in fantasy) makes me giddy—for the pearls of wisdom being passed from hand to hand. You can bet I’d bring my biggest purse to the feast, gathering gems to take home until the seams split.

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Kazuo Ishiguro on His (Movie and Music ) Influences

Do you know about any of your favorite authors’ influences? Let’s trade some fun author trivia in the comments!

We love learning about an author’s influences. What films do they watch? What music do these listen to? Here, Kazuro Ishiguro talks about the influences that impacted his writing of The Remains of the Day* (which he wrote in four weeks, amazingly).

Here’s a quick tease of his new novel, The Buried Giant: It begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

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RIFer Favorite Alert! We’re Giving Away Sarah McCoy’s New Novel

The Mapmaker’s Children is marked by rich, closely observed storytelling full of warmth and heart.” ~Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner Cold Mountain

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings.

She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

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Enter to Win Kazuo Ishiguro’s First Novel in Nearly a Decade

An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

“You’ve long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it’s time now to think on it anew. There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay . . .”

The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Follow Erik Larson and Join the Adventure

Following Erik Larson’s adventures on Twitter gives us something to do while we wait for Dead Wake to hit the shelves on March 10, 2015.

We know not everyone is on Twitter, but you don’t have to be on Twitter in order to check out Erik Larson’s adventures. Right now, he’s on the Queen Mary 2!

Erik Larson is one of our favorite authors on Twitter. He posts funny, personal, thought-provoking observations, often about his books but just as often about his life.

It’s the best of what social media can be: a glimpse into the mind of an extraordinarily talented person.

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

And the Best Book Title in Translation Goes To …

L’extraordinaire Voyage du Fakir Qui Etait Resté Coincé dans une Armoire IKEA. Translation? The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe. Maybe the best. book. title. ever.

It’s definitely going on our Books That Would Win ‘Best Title’ bookshelf.

When you’re a fakir (Indian con artist), cruising Paris with only one goal (IKEA), your life is full of surprises.

This is a fable set in our super-connected global economy, filled with equal parts biting satire and heartfelt observation. Different than anything we’ve read before, and beautifully translated from the French by Sam Taylor.

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Enter for Your Chance to Win Dead Wake by Erik Larson

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania.

It is 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, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to President Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.