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Teaser Tuesday 1/5/10

Here's my teaser of Tuesday. different type of type of read -- enjoying it very much!

"Lot 1006

A handwritten notation

A short handwritten notation in ballpoint pen on a green cocktail napkin. Reads: "lenore-doolan@nytimes.com " Some wear and creasing. 5 x 5 in.

Important Artifacts and Personal Property From The Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, including Book, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, Saturday, 14 February 2009, New York. By Strachan & Quinn Auctioneers" (actually by Leanne Shapton)

very interesting book -- auction program of items from a failed relationship between two (fictional) people. Such a creative way to comment about love, commitment (or not), and the loss of love. look at the date of the auction!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page in the comment section. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

What 's your teaser, today?

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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. So, why did it take until last November for  Barbara's "Book Group" to read one of her novels? In her post, Barbara shares with us her book group origins, her author chats with hundreds of reading groups, and the decision to discuss her book with her own and the momentous occasion. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Barbara.

November was a banner month for me.  My book group actually discussed one of my books. If this doesn’t seem momentous to you, here’s the backstory.

My book group has been meeting for 23 years. It was started by two local teachers, each of whom invited friends who invited friends. The group that resulted was a collection of women who didn’t know each other well, simply shared an interest in books. We never gave ourselves a name. We just call ourselves … Book Group.

There were no Oprah choices when we first organized. But we had no trouble picking books. Whereas each month’s meeting is held over coffee and dessert at a rotating host’s home, to pick our list we meet at a restaurant for dinner every June. There, each of us pitches several books we want to discuss and, quite democratically, we vote.

Our selections have been eclectic, ranging from fiction to non-fiction, classics to hot new it books. With no other writer in the group, I’ve always been able to bring a different perspective to the discussion. In recent years, the occasional mention was made of discussing one of my books. Being a modest sort, I was uncomfortable with that and always rejected the idea. Until last June.

Why my change of heart? Two reasons.  First, I discuss my books in book group meetings all the time – over 200 of them in the last three years. Granted, these meetings are by speakerphone, but the discussions have been intimate and compelling. How ridiculous it seemed for me to do this with other book groups and not my own.

Second, my group has discussed some pret-ty bad books of late, even ones that other groups have gone ga-ga over.  There have also been some wonderful books that we all loved but that offered little meat for discussion. By the time we were choosing out 2009-10 list last June, though, I was coming to think, thanks to the praise of book groups with which I had talked, that my books were both page-turners and discussion-sparkers.

So my own group did it – discussed While My Sister Sleeps in November, and the talk went on long past our usual cut-off time. Granted we digressed into issues relating to the process of writing and the quirks of publishing.  But the book and its characters dominated the night.

Will I do this again with my group? Not quickly, since we try not to repeat authors.  My only regret, actually, is that my new book hadn’t been for sale at the time and available for my group to discuss. Not My Daughter (Jan 5, 2010), is perhaps the best discussion book I’ve written. It raises the good mother question, as in, what it takes to be one.  My book group would love this. We’ve all had mothers. Most of us are mothers ourselves. No doubt, every one of us would have something to say on this very potent and timeless issue.

Thanks again, Barbara!

How do you select books and what's your favorite discussible book? Log in, comment, and start the conversation! Below is a video teaser for Not My Daughter.  

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What's In a Name Challenge

In the book blogging world, there are many book challenges. I read books for a living so I can't do many of them. But the What's In A Name Challenge sounds fun and I believe I can swing it!

Here is the main scoop. Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:

  • A book with a food in the title: Clockwork Orange, Grapes of Wrath, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • A book with a body of water in the title: A River Runs through It, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, The Lake House
  • A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The Murder of King Tut, The Count of Monte Cristo, Lady Susan
  • A book with a plant in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wind in the Willows, The Name of the Rose
  • A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Out of Africa; London; Between, Georgia
  • A book with a music term in the title: Song of Solomon, Ragtime, The Piano Teacher

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category. Beth can fill you in on the rest.

I will post my books later. Want to give it a whirl? Let's do it together. Which book will you read?

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2009 The Guardian Year in Review Quiz

Happy New Year! I'm really looking forward to the new year -- lot of great books coming out! I will highlight some every week to get you in the know! 

Have you been observant in reading the books of 2009? What about the publishing news in 2009? The Guardian has a quiz for you.  Sad to say, I didn't fare well.

New Year's Resolution!! Remember more about the books I read and about the book industry news. Is getting old an excuse?

Please post a comment on how you did!

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Book Club Exchange

Booking Mama (Julie) invited me to write a post for her blog. Oh no -- what was she thinking? 

Book Club Exchange is a feature on Julie's blog that is anything and everything book clubbish. I think that is right up my alley. Let me know what you think about my post. And, give a shout out to the Booking Mama, -- she was included in a NYT article yesterday! Bravo Julie and thanks!  

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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. Along with single novels, guest author has written 4 series: Something Forever Series; Victoria Lesser Series: The Dream, Crosslyn Rise Series; and Blake Sisters Series.

Hint #2½. Guest author has a BA in Psychology and MA in Sociology, and in the past, has been published under two noms de plume. Along with the name currently writing under, these pen names have the same initials.

Hint #1. With over 80 novels, guest author has been writing since 1980.

Hazard a guess!! (love that expression) and share the giveaway on your blog, facebook, and twitter.

Please make an account or leave email address so we can get in touch with you if you win the book! Thanks.

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T. Greenwood's New Novel, The Hungry Season

Fans of T. Greenwood (Two Rivers) rejoice – she has a new one coming out in late January!

T. Greenwood’s writing shimmers and sings…” --Marisa de los Santos, (Love Walked In and Belong To Me)

Here’s a snap shot of The Hungry Season. It’s been five years since the Mason family vacationed at the lakeside cottage in northeastern Vermont, close to where prize-winning novelist Samuel Mason grew up. The summers that Sam, his wife, Mena, and their twins Franny and Finn spent at Lake Gormlaith were noisy, chaotic, and nearly perfect. But since Franny’s death, the Masons have been flailing, one step away from falling apart. Lake Gormlaith is Sam’s last, best hope of rescuing his son from a destructive path and salvaging what’s left of his family.

As Sam struggles with grief, writer’s block, and a looming deadline, Mena tries to repair the marital bond she once thought was unbreakable. But even in this secluded place, the unexpected—in the form of an over-zealous fan, a surprising friendship, and a second chance—can change everything.

From the acclaimed author of Two Rivers comes a compelling and beautifully told story of hope, family, and above all, hunger—for food, sex, love and success—and for a way back to wholeness when a part of oneself has been lost forever. (Kensington Books)

 “Hope, family, and above all, hunger—for food, sex, love and success”. Talk about a lively book group conversation! 

 

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Guest Guess, Part 2

Guess the Guest Author, Part 2

Hints will be put up each day about the author until the day of the author post. Please share your guess(es) in the comment box 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!

Hint #2 ½. Guest author has a BA in Psychology and MA in Sociology, and in the past, has been published under two noms de plume. Along with the name currently writing under, these pen names have the same initials.

Hint #1. With over 80 novels, guest author has been writing since 1980.

Hazard a guess!! (love that expression) and share the giveaway on your blog, facebook, and twitter.

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Guest Guess and Teaser Tuesday

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!

Hint #1. With over 80 novels, guest author has been writing since 1980.

Hazard a guess!! (love that expression) and share the giveaway on your blog, facebook, and twitter.

And, my Teaser for Tuesday is a real teaser for me, as well. I won't be able to start reading it until this weekend.

"He nodded wanly as she stepped around him, and when she looked back he had closed his eyes again. She heard the sounds of the mezzanine as she pushed open the door: the rush of water through exposed pipes overhead, the rattling of vents, the movement of air -- an industrial hum with no beginning or end, constant as the ocean." --The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel, Unbridled Books, May 2010

Hope the week goes fast!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page in the comment section.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Please share your book picks! 

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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. Come back tomorrow for detailed hints! 

Monday, What are you reading?  J. Kaye's Book Blog  is hosting this weekly event to celebrate what we are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week. Feel free to pile on a little extra.

I'm coming back from a nice relaxing Florida Christmas.

Completed Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler -- perfect-pitch characters.

Finishing up Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian. can't wait to read the ending but don't want the book to end!

Now, reading the guest author's upcoming release.

What are you reading?

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