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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!

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Recommended Reading on Afghanistan From Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya shares recommended reading for fans of his novel The Watch and anyone who wants to learn more about Afghanistan history

From Oxford Press titles like Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89 to beautiful collections like Songs of Love and War: Afghan Women’s Poetry, the books on Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s reading list will deepen your understanding not only of his novel but of Afghanistan history, past and present.

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Enter for the Chance to Win Martha Stewart Living’s Meatless

Meatless makes it easy to prepare flavor-packed dinners for any day, any occasion. And no one will miss the meat.

More than just a cookbook, Meatless is also a roadmap to embracing a vegetable-based lifestyle. Here are dozens of versatile recipes that can be easily adapted. Enter for the chance to win one of Fifty (50) paperback copies of Meatless from the food editors and chefs in the kitchens at Martha Stewart Living.

Be sure to grab these recipes from Meatless by Martha Stewart Living here on Read It Forward!

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Recipes from Meatless by Martha Stewart Living

For anyone new to a vegetarian diet – flexitarians who adopt plans like Meatless Mondays – as well as committed vegetarians and fans of Power Foods

As inspiring as it is practical, Meatless features 200 recipes – each accompanied by a gorgeous photograph – for full-fledged vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. You’ll find recipes for classics and new favorites, plus plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free options, too. The food editors and chefs in the kitchens at Martha Stewart Living have gathered a comprehensive collection of easy, meat-free mains for everyday.

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“I Don’t Believe in Taking Sides as I Write” Says Author of The Watch

“I’m a novelist and I don’t believe in taking sides as I write: that’s the task of the propagandist. My personal beliefs and private opinions do not matter within the covers of the book.”

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya reveals the intense research that went into his book, his shock at the degradation of women in Pashtun culture, and his deep respect for the members of the U.S. Army who became his friends.

“These were some of the finest individuals I’ve ever met,” he says, “They’re part of my life now. I feel an intense loyalty to them.”

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Enter for a Chance to Win Queen of the Air

Meet the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the twentieth century

Like today’s Beyoncé, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. You’ll be mesmerized by this true story of love and tragedy at the circus. Enter for the chance to win one of 200 (Two Hundred) Advance Reader’s Copies and read Queen of the Air long before it hits the shelves on June 11, 2013.

Read “The Result of a Long-ago Afternoon,” author Dean Jensen’s article on the surprising genesis of Queen of the Air