Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

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.

Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

“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.”

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

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

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Dean Jensen on Queen of the Air

Queen of the Air is a true life Water for Elephants

Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers.

“It could be said that Queen of the Air is a love story, a biography . . . and a modern tragedy,” says author Dean Jensen, “one Sophocles might have staged if Leitzel and Alfredo had been of his time.”

Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya: Reader’s Guide

The Watch is a gripping, eye-opening novel of the war against Afghanistan’s Taliban

Just as The Things They Carried transformed our understanding of America’s war in Vietnam, The Watch will change the way you understand the war in Afghanistan. Taking us deep inside the tense, claustrophobic atmosphere of the camp, where military personnel struggle with the constant threat of terror and undefined battle lines, The Watch delivers a powerful portrait of modern warfare.

This guide includes provocative questions and details about the Antigone myth – a key element of the novel – and will enrich your reading group’s discussion.

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

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Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

A Conversation with Nichole Bernier and Dani Shapiro

“My book grew out of the what-ifs: What if a mother left behind hints of a more complex and mysterious person than her loved ones thought they’d known?”

Nichole Bernier – author of the novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. – talks with friend and fellow author Dani Shapiro, author of the the novels Black & White and Family History and the best-selling memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion.

They discuss the “shimmer” that inspires a story. Nichole says, “The shimmer for me was the incomplete obit, the discrepancy between the public and the private self. We all die with bits of our story untold.”