Read It First Good for Book Clubs

Michelle Moran on the Real Madame Tussaud

I think the fascination with Madame Tussaud comes from the fact that the life she created was as intricate and mystifying as her artistry itself. Here was a woman who was asked to tutor the king’s sister, yet she managed to keep her head during the Reign of Terror when women were being imprisoned for nothing more than wearing the wrong color. She navigated two very different worlds – the court of Versailles and the streets of Paris – and against all odds, lived to tell the tale. And through it all, it was her artistry that saved her.

Book Group of the Month Good for Book Clubs

Win Copies of Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts for Your Book Group

Calling all Erik Larson fans! A very special offer for you and your book group: we’re giving away advance copies of Erik’s new book – In the Garden of Beasts, coming out in May – to 10 book groups. One lucky book group will win the grand prize: Erik will call or video chat with your group, sure to make for a one-of-a-kind discussion. To enter for the chance to win, leave a comment telling us a bit about your book group!

Meet the Author Good for Book Clubs

Matthew Gallaway on Opera and The Metropolis Case

I’m often asked if a reader needs to be an expert on opera to enjoy The Metropolis Case, and I always say that to the contrary, I want to help introduce opera to people – and especially music lovers, which I think includes just about everyone – who have never experienced it. While those who know opera will undoubtedly find clues in the unfolding story that others will miss, my hope is that everyone will find much to enjoy, in the same way people attend the same opera repeatedly despite knowing every twist and turn.

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Jennie Erin Smith on the Origins of Stolen World

This book was a long – absurdly long – sustained effort. I was twenty-two years old when I first happened on the world of reptile smuggling. I was in my senior year of college, and I bought two baby turtles on a whim from a lady in Chinatown in New York City, and to take care of them I consulted a magazine called Reptiles, which was sold at pet stores. It was in Reptiles that I realized how big the reptile-keeping hobby actually was, with hugely pricey animals and a giant trade convention every year in Florida.

Meet the Author Good for Book Clubs

Stephan Talty Reveals Surprises in Escape from the Land of Snows

Bestselling author Stephan Talty travels the world researching great untold stories that he brings to life with a journalist’s precision and a novelist’s empathy. His works of nonfiction read like page-turning novels full of unforgettable characters. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water and The Illustrious Dead. His newest book, Escape from the Land of the Snows, tells the thrilling story of the young Dalai Lama’s harrowing escape from Tibet. Readers who are new to the Dalai Lama’s life story will be amazed. Readers who know the story well will be surprised.

Readers Respond Good for Book Clubs

Read It Forward Readers Love The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“This is one of the best books I think I have ever read. It made me question so many things, and the way the story was told was gripping and I couldn’t put it down. It is so rare that someone reads a book and immediately knows that it goes into their top 10 books of all time. I have already recommended this book to almost everyone I know, and I can’t wait for a lot of my friends and family to finish so we can discuss science, philosophy, and social justice. Thank you so much for all of your dedication in bringing this story to life.” -Colleen Murphy