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World War II, Paris, and The Art World

I love historical fiction. Sara Houghteling’s sweeping debut novel, Pictures at an Exhibition, draws on the real-life stories of France’s pre-eminent art-dealing familes and the forgotten biography of the only French woman to work as a double agent inside the Nazis’ looted art stronghold.

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Some Old Friends

Can't decide what book to pick for your discussion? Try some oldies and goodies!

Thanks to Book Club Girl for inviting Kenneth Davis author of the bestselling Don't Know Much About Series, to recommend an entire year's worth of contempory and, some classic, book club picks.

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Favorite Discussible Books of 2009

It's one-of-a-kind: a list of favorite DISCUSSIBLE books for book groups!

Though there are many lists of books and many book awards, not all of the books on them make for the kind of lively, fun, interesting, thought-provoking, unforgettable discussions that reading groups crave.

Well, here's your chance - join with thousands of other book group members in

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First Author Post! Barbara Delinsky

I'm so thrilled to have Barbara Delinsky, a reading group favorite author, as the first author to write a guest post for On the Bookcase!

Barbara has been in a book group for 23 years and Barbara's novels have great themes and interesting conflicts that are perfect for creating a lively conversation for reading groups.

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Guest Guess, Part 3

Next week, a bestselling and fave reading group author will write a little piece for On the Bookcase. Yeah!

How about a guessing game? Hints will be put up each day about the author until the day of the author post. Please share your guess(es) in a comment and you might win a copy of the author's new book. The winner will be announced the day of the guest post. Good Luck! It is getting easier!

Hint #3.

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Monday! Author Post and What are you Reading?

Next week, a bestselling author has agreed to write the first ever guest post for ON THE BOOKCASE! Very Excited. I'll give you some hints every day to see if you can guess the author. The first person who guessing correctly will win a copy of the author's upcoming  book. Please share your guess in comments and feel free to share in your blog, FB, and Twitter. I'll announce the winner next week.

Author is a favorite reading-group author who creates real and challenging issues for a lively book discussion.

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Music by the Book! The Soloist

Music by the Book!
A pairing of music and words just for book groups!

In Music by the Book!, Tom Moon, author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, pairs words and music just for book groups.

For your next gathering, why not pai

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Christmas Meows

Time to get out the cats! The Christmas cats, I mean. I collect Christmas picture books with cats as the main characters!

So, every Christmas, I get them out, read all of them again, and then decorate my house with them. The book covers are so festive with the reds, greens, blues, silvers.

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Chris Bohjalian's Secrets of Eden

Publishers Weekly's starred review of Chris Bohjalian's Secrets of Eden (February 2010):

"Bohjalian (Law of Similars) has built a reputation on his rich characters and immersing readers in diverse s

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