Read It Forward

How important is a book’s genre? If you’re not a big scifi reader, will you try a science fiction novel if it comes highly recommended? Why or why not? Let’s talk in the comments.

The Martian by Andy Weir has been called “scifi for people who don’t usually read scifi.”

The Associated Press says it well: “it’s a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.” Plus, the narrator is hilarious.

Suki Kim talks about her haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign.

“Our rooms and offices were bugged,” Kim reveals. “Each building on campus was connected by an enclosed walkway with windows on either side, so everything everywhere was visible. We had to get permission for everything as though we were children. Thinking was dangerous, but there was also no time for thinking. It sometimes felt as though ‘I’ did not exist. This was a very foreign feeling—deeply claustrophobic and sometimes almost unbearable.”

We want to create a “read it forward” moment for you: when you discover a book, read it, love it, and pass it on to a friend. Every week, we feature behind-the-scenes stories from authors, editors, and booksellers. We introduce you to books long before they hit the shelves, so you’re the first to know about the next great book. And every week we offer a Read It First giveaway. It’s easy to enter for the chance to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of a great book. Join the conversation!

“Believable and enthralling . . . So beautifully structured that the last sixty pages detonate like a string of firecrackers.” —Diana Gabaldon

With over 7 million copies sold, Ildefonso Falcones’ previous work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. We’re thrilled to share The Barefoot Queen with you.

From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.

A New York Times Notable Book. “[A] clever thriller . . . Ginsberg has a way with offbeat characters.” –New York Times Book Review

Marina Marks has been on the grift since she was a child, forced into the psychic business by a junkie mother who was always willing to use her daughter to scam an extra buck.

But when Marina wakes up one day with the actual ability to see the future, she finds her freedom–and her life–in danger. After predicting a murder exactly as it happens, Marina becomes the sole suspect. Now she’s desperate to clear her name–and to discover the meaning behind her visions.

Here’s everything you need to create an extraordinary book group meeting: a great memoir, delicious recipes, and a reader’s guide to get the discussion going.

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is a sweeping memoir of the Soviet Union, spanning a century of war and famine, food and family. In prose both sardonic and tender, author Anya von Bremzen tells the story of three generations of her Soviet family through the meals that sustained them.

With our Book Club in a Box, you’ll lead your discussion with panache, and your book group will rave about your Russian zakuski (literally “little bites”) – with Lemon Vodka cocktails, Deviled Eggs with Salmon Caviar Jewels, and Guest-at-the-Doorstep Apple and Berry Charlotte.