Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

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.

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Enter for Your Chance to Win The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe

Now that’s a title.

A charmingly exuberant comic debut from an exciting new literary voice, this “quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce” (The Daily Telegraph) is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime.

When the fakir—a professional con artist—arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive.

But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer—the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe.

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

16 of the Best Book Covers of 2014

“Judging books by their covers is seriously underrated,” says Amy Smith, author of All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane, “and any book nerd who claims never to have done it is probably lying.”

We totally agree. So we gave our bookshelf a good once-through and pulled out the covers with the most pizzazz. Of course we want to hear about your favorites, too!

They’re beautiful, they’re puzzling, they’re arresting. Literally arresting – they’ll stop you in your tracks when you pass them on the shelf … they may even invite you to crack open the first page and begin reading. They’re the Best Book Covers of 2014.

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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.