May 2012

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Mother's Day Selection: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

With Mother's Day right around the corner Alexandra Fuller's memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness would be a great pick for a Mother-Daughter book club or a Mother's Day themed book club meeting.

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Build Libriaries in Bhutan!

Radio Shangri-La



Author of Radio Shangri-La, Lisa Napoli promotes the READGlobal organization on her blog.



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Interview with "Terrorists in Love" author Ken Ballen

Terrorists in Love by Ken Ballen


Please welcome Ken Ballen, author of Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals, to On the Bookcase! Use this interview in our book club meeting to help your discussion by delving deeper into his research for his new book.


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Ladies' Home Journal Guest Blog Article by RGC's Neely Kennedy: Expectations and "Next to Love"

Ladies Home Journal

In June’s LHJ Book Club pick, Next to Love, author Ellen Feldman tells the heartbreaking, but hopeful story of three women’s lives during the paradigm shift of the Baby Boomer generation—1944-1964, spanning WWII and the war in Vietnam.

Babe, Grace and Millie are young wives whose husbands have been drafted to fight in WWII. When the trajectory of their future is forever changed by war’s tragic events, their imperfect, yet steadfast, friendships prove the only constant in their lives.

In the excerpts from the book below, Feldman illustrates a woman’s instinct for survival—the ability to adapt to whatever twists and turns life may present.

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Finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards: "Hystera" by Leora Skolkin-Smith

Hystera by Leora Skolkin-Smith is a finalist in the 2012 International Books Awards in the "Literary Fiction" category!

Hystera“In language with the wild power of accuracy, Hystera maps a path through the landscape of trauma and illness, the feverish news of the seventies, and a character’s own indelibly vivid imagery of alarm and comfort. An eye-opening novel."Joan Silber, author of Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories, finalist for the National Book Award