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Date: September 17, 2006
"Not a love story, but I recommend Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks"

    Amy ayatsu@yahoo.com


Date: October 1, 2006
"My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme.  A marvelous love story and life of an American icon."

Date: October 17, 2006
"The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring.  You'll love it!"
 
  Karen H.

Date: November 18, 2006
I was recently introduced to a wonderful book because I have 2 fabulous grandsons and want to always influence them in the most positive ways. I feel it is most important to have as good an understanding of their essence and what's at the core of their being, their soul. Thus, I would love to recommend that you ladies read this book and spend some quality time discussing it. You may be very surprised and enlightened by the book. You will no doubt have a better understanding of the men in your life after reading it, which should make life a bit easier and more bearable at the worst of times. All of you with sons owe it to yourself and them to read it. The title of the book is: "Wild at Heart" Discovering the Secrets of a Man's Soul"  by John Eldredge

Date: December 12, 2006
You have to read Flag of our Fathers. It's a non-fiction book about one of the marines who put up the flag at Iwo Jima in the famous picture. One of the sons found all this information about his father after he died and wrote this book. It's wonderful! I work with Kerrie at school and I was telling her about it. You will all love it.


Date: February 8, 2007
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
" by Ruth Reichl, former food critic for the New York Times. This book offers an enticing look into the world of a unique and funny woman. Reichl, in her quest to be a fair and impartial judge of the culinary offerings of the restaurants of Manhattan, dons disguises and matching personas, to insure her anonymity. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the narrative, while at the same time scrambling to the kitchen to try out the recipes provided. Reichl's actual NYT reviews appear at the end of each chapter. One of three biographical books by the author. 
Diane A.


Date: March 14, 2007
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Great book that you will read in 2-3 days. Didn't see it on your list so it would be a great read!   Leslie


Date:  June 19, 2007
My Sister's Keeper
Life of Pi
The Glass Castle
**A Walk in the Woods**
In the Lake of the Woods
Rocket Boys
The Thornbirds
East of Eden

Gayle, Gaylegrey@aol.com

Date:  July 17, 2007
Our book club loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. We also loved Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. We thoroughly enjoyed Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge. Ms. Shortridge even joined our meeting by speakerphone (you can arrange that through her website). Our club hasn't read it yet, but I just finished The Kite Runner, and it was outstanding.  I would highly recommend it! Your website is great, by the way!!!  Lisa Munley   lisamunley@ca.rr.com 


Date:  September 10, 2007
Both books by Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner is coming out as a movie, and is available in paperback. His newest A Thousand Splendid Suns can be found at Costco and shows Afghanistan from the woman's view.  Another one my book club all liked is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  I can't wait to check out some of your books.  Debbie Wolf  wolfisms@yahoo.com 


Date:  September 10, 2007
Oh...oh! Remembered another fun thing, especially for a book club. We read and enjoyed Honeymoon With My Brother by Franz Wisner. They have a website and the brother even came out to our book club.  http://www.honeymoonwithmybrother.com  Debbie Wolf 


Date:  September 13, 2007
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

Date:  November 10, 2007
Hello to everyone at Mom's Reading!  Autumn is in full swing – which means you’re probably starting to plan your book club picks for next year. I’d be thrilled if you would take a minute and consider my novel, The Birth House as one of your reads. Now out in trade paperback from Harper Perennial, The Birth House has already been a #1 national bestseller in Canada, winner of three 2007 CBA Libris Awards, (Author of the Year, Fiction Book of the Year and Book design of the Year), and a runaway favorite with book clubs around the world.  Book clubs hold a special place in my heart…Since the initial release of The Birth House, the thing I’ve loved the most has been connecting with readers. In an effort to foster that connection, I designed my web site with book clubs in mind. It features a discussion guide, recipes, a place to request free signed bookplates and more. There’s even an online “hysteria” quiz that’s sure to get the group talking. http://www.thebirthhouse.com
Synopsis: Set during the turbulent years of the WWI era, The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, a young midwife in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia. As changes and conflict challenge her small village, Dora must fight to protect the traditions and rights of the women in her community. A tale with deep resonance for today - filled with history, magic, and the friendship of The Occasional Knitters Society - The Birth House brings to light the struggles women have faced to control their own bodies and to keep tradition alive in the face of modernity.

Here’s what readers and book groups have to say about The Birth House:
Yesterday I dragged myself to work, sleep-deprived, yet rather energized, from having read The Birth House through all of the evening and far too many wee hours about the provocative, yet common exploits of a community of women at the fin-de-siecle. Coming to know Dora, Ginny, and Hart, Judith and Rachael in Boston, and Mrs. B in Scot's Bay feels to me like the celebration of receiving a long-anticipated gift. I can think of no contemporary woman who would not find a great deal to love about this book.""
- Gayle (Bend, OR)

Your book was a success in Bermuda! We all thoroughly enjoyed the narrators voice, her story and her relationships. I also made the “Groaning Cake” for our meeting using the recipe from your web site. Another hit! And we were all touched by the personalized bookplates. Thanks so much for providing fodder for a wonderful evening with the gals.
- T. (Bermuda)

The book club I attend read your book, The Birth House. We are a group of six women who have different opinions and very different likes/dislikes about books. We all enjoyed your book and gave a thumbs up!
- Peterborough Book Club

Thanks so much for your time and consideration. I hope you’ll visit my web site and get in touch. I’m always happy to hear from readers!  Happy Reading,  Ami McKay     Get in touch via -My Blog - http://amimckay.blogspot.com  
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2499221501    My Space:http://www.myspace.com/amimckay

 

Date:  September 30, 2008
I’m Debi Silber, a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Whole Health Coach, Lifestyle Expert-just for moms and the author of The Lifestyle Fitness Program: A Six Part Plan So Every Mom Can Look, Feel and Live Her Best (released 5/08). I’ve been branded “The Mojo Coach” because for nearly 20 years, I’ve inspired and empowered unfit, overweight and overwhelmed moms to “get their mojo back” through gradual lifestyle change.  I’d love for you to consider my book for discussion and review.
For more on me/my book and what I do, please visit www.LifestyleFitnessInc.com.
Thanks and looking forward to your response,
Debi    debi@LifestyleFitnessInc.com

Date:  October 20, 2008
Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill or  Somebody knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.  A fantastic read!!!!    Alyson

Date:  January 4, 2009
Princess Emily and the Secret Library  by Mary Balfanz.  This is a great bedtime story for kids ages 4-8!


Date:  January 27, 2009
Princess Emily and the Secret Library by Mary Balfanz

 

Date:  February 5, 2009
Turbo-Mom's Guide to Saving Money Without Wasting Time by Kristin Delfau  Written in a Q&A format for moms on the go, it is a perfect change of pace for a mom's book club. In a fun and informative way, it covers both "the everyday stuff" (i.e. beauty, coupons, home repairs) as well as "the big stuff" (taxes, investments, insurance) from a fellow mom and financial planner. It can be found on www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, and www.turbo-mom.com.   Hope you like it!    Kristin   kristin@turbo-mom.com  

Date:  April 6, 2009
Hi! I just ran across info on your club and wondered if you would enjoy a free copy of Dawn Meehan’s hilarious book on motherhood, Because I Said So…and Other Tales from a Less-Than-Perfect Parent.   Dawn loves talking with book clubs and, if you like the book, I’d be happy to set that up for you. It’s free, too.  I’m a mom of two – three-year-old Anderson and five-month-old Ella – and I laughed so hard my sides hurt while reading this book. I called my sister and mom and read parts of it to them, too! I kept having to stop because they were laughing and couldn’t hear me.  I totally get why Martha Bolton and Patsy Clairmont endorsed Dawn’s book. It’s as funny as those women are!  Let me know if you’d like a copy. The publishing house asked me to help get the word out, so I’ve got some copies here at the office.  Thanks – and happy mothering!    Rebeca Seitz  rebeca@glassroadpr.com

Date:  April 26, 2009
I have written a memoir about my family and I would like you to consider it for your book group.  Are you anyone famous, you might ask? No I am not and my story isn't particularly unique but, most of us will go through what I did, or know someone who will.   Broken Birds, the Story of My Momila explores that sad all too often occurrence.  My memoir begins with both my mother’s and father’s harrowing Holocaust stories, as their childhood experiences provide the crucial framework for everything that follows. It then goes on to describe how my parents met and started a family in the United States. It covers our move to Los Angeles and my own childhood, as well as those of my four siblings. The turning point in the story comes when my beloved mother dies. The final section of my story reveals how the choices she made in her will contributed to the fracturing of my family.   It has been endorsed by Vikki Stark, Author of My Sister – My Self and Michael Berenbaum, Director of the American Jewish University.   Please visit www.BrokenBirds.com to see chapter samplings.  I hope you enjoy it.   Jeannette Katzir   thebrokenbirds@aol.com

Date:  May 19,2009
Like Brothers by Dave Giffels.   I think your club will love this book. I originally wrote it for middle school aged kids but I am getting great feedback from the moms. They love it as much as their kids!  Funny, heart wrenching, insightful, and warm. Check it out on the following site:  www.lulu.com   Thank you, and I hope you all enjoy.   Dave Giffels   dave.giffels@boschrexroth-us.com

Date:  June 14, 2009
Hi Ladies! Have you thought about reading the Twilight series?  I was a serious skeptic, but have recently renewed my love of reading and read all 4 books in 3 weeks (on my new Kindle my husband bought me)! I couldn't put them down - best ones are the 1st and 3rd!  Bonnie VanderZouwen 

Date:  July 5, 2009
The Wet Nurse's Tale, due in August from Putnam, by Erica Eisdorfer. This is the story of a young woman who nurses babies for her living. The main character is a sassy, street-smart girl who twists her employers' foibles to get what she wants, that being, her baby, safe and sound.  This is a self-serving note. I'm the author of course, and am glad to talk about my book to any clubs that are interested. Thanks for your time. eisdorfer@unc.edu 

Date:  September 16, 2009
Book by Book: Your Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs, by Cindy Hudson (October 2009/ Seal Press) Eva Zimmerman  eva.zimmerman@perseusbooks.com

Date:  October 23, 2009
Our book club just read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  Everyone loved it.  Another one we all liked was The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Over the years we've read, to name a few, Shadow of the Wind, Water for Elephants, Snow in August, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wau, and Three Cups of Tea. I really like some of your ideas and will jot them down for my bookclub. We're also located in Mass.  ptmcoronite@verizon.net

Date:  January 13, 2010
You might want to read A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz--shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2008.  What a wonderful group you are.   Paulette Field paulette.field@gmail.com

Date:  January 30, 2010
Book:  Corporate Mom Dropouts
Author: Lucinda Cross
Web: www.corporatemomdropouts.com  Lucinda Cross  virtuallucinda@gmail.com  

Date:  February 1, 2010
Comments:  My group is celebrating our 10th year in Sept. Love your site! Our fave's not on your list are: A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson), Change Me Into Zeus' Daughter (Robinette Moss) Street Lawyer (John Grisham) The Good Earth (Pearl Buck) Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neal Hurston) In the Lake of the Woods (Tim O'Brien) Cold Sassy Tree (Olive Ann Burns), Peace Like a River (Leif Enger), Rocket Boys (Homer Hickham), East of Eden (John Steinbeck), The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls) Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry), Frankenstein (Mary Shelley).   Gayle  gaylegrey@verizon.net 


Date:  February 1, 2010
Comments:  Our best book club party each year is called "The Ritas" (after Oscar). In the beginning we painted a Barbie Doll gold and nailed her feet to a plaque as the Rita Award given to the best book of the year. You can take that theme and run with it. Sometimes we dress as our fave book character, once had a hollywood theme party complete with paparazzi and sun glasses favors, dressed formally, and gave out prizes associated with stars (i.e. a can of chicken and stars soup, body glitter, star shaped candle). Once we did a survivor style party with games like the show. Prizes are given for best characters, best hostess, best book etc. We have a ball!  Gayle gaylegrey@verizon.net 

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