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The Expats “Transported Us” Says Book Club

“Chris Pavone’s ability to channel the inner dialogue of a career-woman-turned-homemaker is perfect,” says Gina N. of Houston

“In this thriller, Chris Pavone transported us to the tiny country of Luxembourg to explore the diverse relationships that we form as adults,” Gina says of her book club meeting for The Expats. “Relationships were a main point of contention throughout this story, both personal and professional.”

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Calling Invisible Women: Reading Guide

Calling Invisible Women is a delightfully funny novel packing a clever punch, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Julie and Romeo

In order to provide reading groups with the most informed and thought-provoking questions possible, it is necessary to reveal certain aspects of the plot of this novel. If you have not finished reading Calling Invisible Women, we respectfully suggest that you wait before reviewing this reading guide. Enjoy with your book group, book club, library group, or any gathering of readers!

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How to Spot a Sociopath . . . And Our Next Giveaway

Author and diagnosed sociopath M.E. Thomas takes you on a journey into the mind of a sociopath. Can you spot a sociopath? Continue reading and find out.

As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent – even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that’s 1 in 25 people!).”

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6 Classic, Funny, Beautiful Bookplates

Here’s a handful of really special bookplates – tell us which one is your favorite!

Read It Forward loves bookplates! If you use bookplates, we want to hear from you. Leave a comment – it’s quick and easy to share a photo when you comment.

Even if bookplates aren’t your thing, you’ll enjoy these classic, funny, beautiful designs – all by artists who love books as much as you do.

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Why I Love Bookplates

Read It Forward’s Kira Walton tells the story of her first bookplate and talks about why she loves them

“I’m not the kind of reader who hoards my books,” Kira admits. “I give them away all the time and don’t expect them back. I like to read it forward, after all!

It’s not about marking ownership of a book, not anymore. I use bookplates because they are a lovely, old-fashioned way of honoring the book. They remind me how much I like holding a book in my hand. And they mark time. I can travel my library and instantly know when a particular book came into my life by looking at the bookplate.”

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Winners of the S.E.C.R.E.T. New Orleans Girls Weekend Sweepstakes

Read It Forward – along with FestiGals® and Hotel Monteleone – announces the Grand Prize Winner of the S.E.C.R.E.T. New Orleans Girls Weekend Sweepstakes

Congratulations to Bethany T. of Austin, TX! Her entry was chosen at random to win the Grand Prize of our S.E.C.R.E.T. New Orleans Girls Weekend Sweepstakes! Bethany won a trip to New Orleans during the FestiGals® Girls Weekend and will bring three travel companions with her! They’ll stay at the spectacular Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.

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Discussion Questions for The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

These discussion questions and topics are designed to enhance your reading group’s discussion of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D

“Do you think the difference between being a stay-at-home mom and a mother with a career outside the home still creates barriers between women? Do you think if women show too much passion for their work they can be perceived as less motherly? If you have belonged to a playgroup, PTA, or other social organization of mothers, have you sensed tensions, stereotypes, or expectations based on working status?” Many more provocative questions are included, sure to create a lively discussion of Nichole Bernier’s novel, which is perfect for book clubs.

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“Read Everything You Can, All the Time” Says Jeanne Ray

Bestselling author Jeanne Ray shares recommended reading, including children’s books and books that informed her novel Calling Invisible Women

“I started reading very early with Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames,” says Jeanne Ray, author of Calling Invisible Women. “As I matured, I liked biographies of famous women, and I still enjoy gossipy memoirs by local famous women. I loved Diana Athill’s memoir, Somewhere Towards the End, and Carolyn G. Heilbrun’s The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty. I’ve read everything about and by the Mitford sisters.” Discover more of this bestselling author’s favorite reads!