Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

What’s on My Bed Stand? P.D. Viner Tells All.

I am writing this as I bid a sad farewell to the beautiful town of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England, home to Europe’s biggest Crime Writing Festival.

“I have just had four days of delicious murders, forensic dissection and labyrinthine mystery,” says P.D. Viner, author of the crime thriller The Last Winter of Dani Lancing.

“I was amazed by the warm welcome and generosity of the other authors, and the incredible knowledge and questioning minds of the other crime readers. It was truly inspiring and I had the ultimate honor of the great Ian Rankin shaking my hand and saying: ‘Your book’s sitting on my bed stand – I’ve heard great things about it.'”

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Winners Announced: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

Congrats to Joan F., Lauren P., Elena E., Nancy M., Donna C., and 95 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by James Beard Award-winning writer Anya von Bremzen.

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Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

How to Read Late at Night When Sleeping Next to the Love of Your Life

I can’t help it. I’m a late-night gal. To me, “morning people” are a myth perpetuated by coffee companies.

“There’s something serene about the night: a quiet sets over the city. My mind, usually jittery, finally rests. I am at peace,” says Emily Ansara Baines.

Reading at night is my one of my favorite activities. However, just as nighttime is one of the best times to read, it’s also one of the best times to snuggle my beautiful boyfriend. Nothing, not even reading, soothes me like the feel of his warm arms around me.

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Food Scenes from Russian Literature to Make Your Mouth Water

For nineteenth-century Russian writers, you could argue with gusto, food was what landscape (or class) was for the English, war for the Germans, love for the French—a subject encompassing the grand themes of comedy, tragedy, ecstasy, and doom.

“Why are we enticed and lured to salivate by these glorious texts just to be made to feel guilty?” asks Anya Von Bremzen. “I can’t say. But it’s sure hard not to salivate. Chekhov, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy—they all devote some of their most fetching passages to the gastronomical. Here are some of my favorites—served guiltlessly.”

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

Do You Read Poetry? Why or Why Not?

I am by no means a poetry expert. I assume most people don’t read poetry because they find it intimidating or boring.

“I am a poetry reader, but it wasn’t always that way,” says Rachel Goldberg. “I didn’t like the formulaic rhymes, I hated learning stuffy terms, I thought Shakespeare was best understood through Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo circa 1996. I had all the typical angst that comes with being 15 years old and vaguely obnoxious.”

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Winners Announced: Five Days at Memorial

Congrats to Ellen S., Krista F., Alicia I., Eron G., Victoria C., and 95 other members of the Read It Forward community!

Their entries were selected at random to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Sheri Fink’s masterful expose Five Days at Memorial.

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Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Sneak Peek at the New Novel by the Author of the Iconic Memoir Smashed

From Koren Zailckas, author of the iconic memoir Smashed: an electrifying debut novel about a family being torn apart by the woman who claims to love them most

Written with the style, dark wit and shrewd psychological insight that made Smashed a bestseller, Zailckas’s first novel is unforgettable.

In the spirit of classic suspense novels by Shirley Jackson and Daphne DuMaurier, Mother, Mother is the terrifying and page-turning story of a mother’s love gone too far, and the introduction of a commanding new voice in fiction.

Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

A Father’s Update on Saving His Daughter from the Edge of Insanity

Michael Schofield, author of January First, shares the progress made in treating his daughter Jani’s schizophrenia. A passionate and inspirational update.

“[Jani] still has her hallucinations,” reveals Michael Schofield, “but they’re no longer at the forefront of her mind. Sometimes she’s free completely when she’s so busy attending to her animals, cooking, or listening to music, but these are rare occasions. Mostly, they’re alongside her wherever she goes.

To meet her, you would not know she has schizophrenia or that she’s on staggeringly high doses of medication.”