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November 26, 2014 Newsletter November 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving...and Shopping Small!
As I write this newsletter on Wednesday morning, the wind is blowing and the snow is falling. Christmas weather for Thanksgiving! We come to you a couple of days early so the staff may enjoy a much-deserved long weekend. I am very grateful for all of them.

Cory is coming home tonight for the holiday; we have not seen him since September, thus I am looking forward to this! He texted last week that he has “a new radical haircut.” The only other thing I have heard about it is that it’s “very short.” I hope I recognize him! His being home means the vibe around the house goes way up as he and his friends meander around. I am looking forward to it and hope that the weather does not mar these plans or those of any of you who are traveling for turkey. We once again have a fresh-killed turkey for Thanksgiving, which Greg picked up last weekend.

Yesterday, as Greg and I drove into the city, there were 10 busses from Western Carolina University headed into the city. On the side of them, there was a sticker that said "Macy’s Parade." I did a quick Google check last night, and it turns out this will be the band that leads the parade tomorrow! We wondered why there were 10 busses, but I learned that “The Pride of the Mountains is one of 10 marching bands performing…it's also the largest band performing with 505 members.” The student body at the school has 10,000 students. You do the math on the percentage of students who are in the band!

The holiday weekend provides a couple of good opportunities for readers to connect with authors and get signed books for the holiday. First up, on Saturday, the American Booksellers Association’s “Indies First” campaign will be part of Small Business Saturday. More than 1,200 authors will be volunteering as booksellers at more than 400 independent bookstores, handselling books to customers and making recommendations. Here is a list of who will be signing where; it’s quite an impressive group! Wouldn’t it be fun to tell your gift recipient that Kristin Hannah (pre-order your copy of THE NIGHTINGALE, coming out February 3rd), Garth Stein (A SUDDEN LIGHT) or Chris Bohjalian (CLOSE YOUR EYES, HOLD HANDS) helped you pick out their gift? You can see a state-by-state listing of where authors will be appearing here.

By the way, I confess that I get emotional every time I watch the American Express commercial for Small Business Saturday and hear Paul Simon’s “America” swelling in the background. The Book Report Network is a small business, one of the companies that form the backbone of this country, and I relate to other small business owners who lay themselves on the line each day to find ways to sustain and grow their businesses without corporate safety nets. I encourage you to shop and support small business owners on Saturday --- and start that shopping by visiting the indie bookstore near you.

Also, we’ve learned that “100 prominent authors --- including Donna Tartt, David Mitchell, Dan Brown, E. L. James, Jeff Kinney, George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton --- each signed roughly 5,000 copies of their latest books for Barnes & Noble. The company will distribute the 500,000 signed books among its more than 650 retail stores.”

Beginning on November 29th, Penguin Random House will launch #GiveaBook, a social media campaign designed to promote books as gifts this holiday season and give back to U.S. children in need. Every time someone uses the hashtag #GiveABook on Facebook or Twitter before December 25th, Penguin Random House will donate a book to the Save the Children organization, up to 25,000 times. To learn more, check out #GiveABook on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. There is also a #GiveABook video challenge, encouraging people to name a book they are giving to a friend and challenge three friends to create their own videos.

Something else to note with the holidays in mind: There will be a special version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, created by Jesse Kornbluth (you know him as the co-founder of and illustrated by Paige Peterson. I love the story behind this. Here’s how A CHRISTMAS CAROL originally came about: “In 1843, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated writer in England. But his wife was pregnant --- and he was broke. He needed a bestseller…fast. And he knew just what that might be: a holiday story. Two months before Christmas, he set to work. Six weeks later, he was done. By Christmas Eve, every copy of A CHRISTMAS CAROL had been sold. In more than 170 years, it’s never been out of print.” Jesse tried to read the book to his daughter, but she was bored. He went on to learn “that when Dickens read the story on stage and he performed it 127 times --- he didn’t read all of it.” So Jesse took on the task of cutting the 28,000 words down to 13,000 and hired an illustrator to work with him to re-cast the story for a great read-aloud for today. Learn more about it and get a copy here. And watch a video where Jesse shares more of the backstory here.

I have spent the last few months listening to audiobooks. During my “test drives,” I came up with a list of 20 that I think have good storylines and appealing narrators. It took me time to come up with this list as I confess there are some narrations that I just could not wrap my ears around (witty, eh?). This list includes the winners in my eyes --- audiobooks that gave me a chance to expand my reading horizons as I listened to titles that I have not had time to read in print. My commute has been a lot more fun for discovering audiobooks. Please note that with the exception of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, much of this material is toooo adult for young ears, thus listen with discretion! I currently am listening to BIRD IN HAND, an earlier novel by Christina Baker Kline, who many of you know as the author of the mega-bestselling book club favorite, ORPHAN TRAIN. This is a very different book for her, but I am thoroughly enjoying it!

And speaking of audiobooks, if you have not yet answered our Audiobook Survey, we encourage you to do so. It's open to both listeners and non-listeners. It closes this Monday, December 1st at noon ET! Answer it, and you will be eligible to receive prizes. Click here to voice your opinions!

Although this week is abbreviated, our update certainly isn’t!

Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline invites readers back to the Rosato & Associates law firm with BETRAYED. In this installment, nonconformist lawyer Judy Carrier investigates the suspicious death of Iris, her aunt’s housekeeper and best friend. Meanwhile, her life at Rosato & Associates experiences turbulence when she does not get along with her boss, crushing her opportunity to make partner. In her personal life, her best friend’s wedding leaves her feeling forgotten and makes her question her own relationship. Setting all of this drama aside, Judy throws herself into investigating Iris’ murder --- until a shocking truth puts her quest for justice in great danger.

Kate Ayers has our review and says, “When you open this book, settle in for a bumpy ride and keep an open mind…you’re going to need it. Judy has more than a bunch of unwanted cases to untangle. And, at the end of the case, she has a lot of rethinking to do. But maybe it was time for a fresh start anyway. As for Lisa Scottoline’s readers, well, they will find a lot of satisfaction with this one.”

Master crime and thriller writer James Patterson reunites readers with Detective Alex Cross in HOPE TO DIE. Continuing where CROSS MY HEART left off, HOPE TO DIE finds Cross separated from his family and stalked by a psychotic genius, hell-bent on destruction. Desperate to save his family, he must negotiate with the wild mastermind in his deadliest case yet. With the stakes higher than ever before, Cross needs to sacrifice everything to save the people he loves.

According to Joe Hartlaub, "HOPE TO DIE is full of surprising revelations, twists and turns, as well as heart-stopping suspense and sharp-edged violence. There is something for nearly everyone here. Those who haven’t picked up an Alex Cross book for a while by all means should read CROSS MY HEART and HOPE TO DIE, both of which demonstrate that Patterson...retains the ability to surprise, excite and scare the heck out of you."

Our Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight on Jane Green --- whose upcoming novel SAVING GRACE releases on December 30th --- continues. Grace and Ted Chapman appear to be the perfect literary power couple, but Ted’s hidden rage worsens when his longtime assistant quits. Grace feels trapped by Ted’s mood swings and her own dark secrets until a new assistant, Beth, shows up. But she may have to save herself when Beth proves that she is too good to be true. There is still time to enter our contest that will give 25 readers the chance to win a copy and share their comments on it. Click here to enter. As a special added bonus, if you purchase the book, you will be eligible for a free eBook of HAPPY FOOD, Jane's latest cookbook. You can preview of some of the holiday-friendly recipes from HAPPY FOOD here.

This week in our Holiday Cheer contests, we gave away DOLLBABY by Laura Lane McNeal and MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber. Next week’s prizes will be A BUNCH OF PRETTY THINGS I DID NOT BUY by Sarah Lazarovic, LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult, THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION by Darcie Chan, and UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. We’re sending a special newsletter to announce each day's title; if you’re not signed up yet to receive the Holiday Cheer newsletter, please do so here. If you have problems signing up, please send a note to and he will handle this for you. Our first prize book of the week will be announced on Monday, December 1st at noon ET.

We’ve updated our Young Adult Books You Want to Read feature, reviews we’ve posted recently on our site that we think you’ll enjoy. This month’s selections are GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky and POISONED APPLES: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann.

What types of books do you typically give over the holidays? Let us know by answering our latest poll, which closes on Friday, December 5th at noon ET.

Let us know what books you’ve finished reading, and you’ll have the opportunity to be a winner in our Word of Mouth contest. Enter between now and Friday the 5th at noon ET for a chance to be awarded the aforementioned BETRAYED: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel, along with THE CINDERELLA MURDER by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke and DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin.

Although I sadly was unable to attend this year’s Miami Book Fair International, reader Cristina Vazquez was kind enough to give us her thoughts on the event, which you can read here. Her comments made me feel like I was there, and I so wish I had been! Many thanks to Cristina for taking the time to share! Also, Miriam Kassenoff attended by herself (so she could move around freely) and shared that her favorite panel was “Is There a Monster in Your Laptop,” which addressed the issues of “losing the art of reading hardbacks and browsing in bookstores.” She moderated a panel that presented three Holocaust-themed books, and the turnout was amazing --- 75 attendees with standing room only! She is most looking forward to reading Roger Rosenblatt’s THE BOOK OF LOVE, out January 2015.

Last week, the New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society announced the finalists for the 19th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards. The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony hosted by Meredith Vieira in New York City on March 23rd. Click here for all the nominees.

And now our television watch. “Homeland” last week was brilliant --- so much unresolved, which keeps the suspense high. I would have made a different plot twist in last week’s episode of “The Good Wife” and had Cary have his phone tape his encounter in the car --- it would have been brilliant. “The Affair” has many plot issues and editing holes, but I continue to enjoy it. I am watching ahead on a preview account, and Noah’s way back to Montauk was clever. I find that people are on the fence about it, but they keep watching. I finally figured out what is not working for me on it: It’s like each episode is written without the person before consulting the book on what a character is doing. It would make for an interesting project to break down Noah and Alison to see these issues.

This coming Sunday the 30th at 9pm ET, Fox News Channel is set to air Killing Kennedy. Based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book of the same name, this Emmy-nominated film drew a record audience of 3.4 million viewers when it originally aired on the National Geographic Channel.

I am off to chop chop chop, which is the staccato beat of Thanksgiving prep. There will be a small gathering tomorrow with just my parents coming over, which I am happy about. As we have not seen Cory in a while, I am looking forward to just hanging out. Homemade pizza tonight!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! We give thanks for you and appreciate your reading each week. Read on, and have a great week!

Carol Fitzgerald (

P.S. For those of you who are doing online holiday shopping, if you use the store links below, gets a small affiliate fee on your purchases. We would appreciate your considering this!
Now in Stores: BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
BETRAYED: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery)
When Judy Carrier begins an investigation into the murder of Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, she discovers a shocking truth that confounds her expectations and leads her in a completely different direction. Before she knows it, she finds herself plunged into a shadowy world of people who are so desperate that they cannot go to the police. Judy finds strength within herself to try to get justice for Iris and her aunt --- but it comes at a terrible price. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

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Now in Stores: HOPE TO DIE by James Patterson
HOPE TO DIE: The Return of Alex Cross by James Patterson (Thriller)
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross' family --- his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children --- have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves? Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

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Now in Stores: THE JOB by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
THE JOB: A Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Mystery/Thriller)
The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox --- bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

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Now in Stores: NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: Choose Your Own Autobiography, by Neil Patrick Harris
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (Autobiography/Humor)
In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. And at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak and a hideous death by piranhas. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

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Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight & Contest: SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
We have 25 copies of SAVING GRACE by Jane Green to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which releases on December 30th, and share their comments on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, December 4th at noon ET.

Special Offer! If you purchase SAVING GRACE, you are eligible for a free eBook of HAPPY FOOD, Jane Green's latest cookbook. For a preview of some of the holiday-friendly recipes in HAPPY FOOD, click here.

Here is how to claim your free gift:

1. Order SAVING GRACE from your favorite bookseller between now and December 29th.
2. Email your proof of purchase to
3. You will receive an email response with a unique single-use code to redeem your free copy of HAPPY FOOD.

SAVING GRACE by Jane Green (Fiction)
Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of 20 years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to...until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.

To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation and even her sanity. With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

-Click here to read an excerpt.
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-Connect with Jane Green on Facebook and Twitter.
-Click here to read more about Jane Green's latest cookbook, HAPPY FOOD.
Click here to read more in our Women's Fiction Author Spotlight and enter the contest.
2014 Cookbooks for the Fall and Winter
Cooking is a year-round hobby for many of us at The Book Report Network...we can "ataste" to our kitchen skills. We eat peaches every which way in the summer and whip up everything pumpkin during the fall --- any time is perfect for sharing delectable homemade creations with friends and family...and hungry co-workers. That's why we are presenting a staff-curated collection of the 20 best cookbooks from the latest season. We checked out some of these books in person, and trust us completely when we say that there truly is a recipe for every kind of at-home cook amongst these culinary gems.
Click here to see our "Fall/Winter Cookbooks 2014" bookshelf.
20 Audiobook Suggestions to Get You Listening

Whether you have listened to an audiobook before or are thinking of plugging in your headphones for the first time, we have 20 audiobook recommendations that Carol Fitzgerald is making after months of test listening. Before March of this year, she had not listened to an audiobook. Now she is sharing some of her favorites, with brief comments on each title as to what she noted while listening!

Click here to see our "20 Audiobook Suggestions to Get You Listening" bookshelf.
Voice Your Thoughts About Audiobooks in Our Survey --- Whether You Listen or Not --- and Enter to Win a Book or an Audiobook on CD!
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you have a smartphone, you can easily listen to an audiobook, so we want to know if you are tuned into them or not. We would like to hear from both listeners and non-listeners, so chime in with your thoughts in our Audiobook Survey. The questions have been designed so you can respond either way. Finish the survey, and you can enter a drawing for the chance to win one of 25 books or audiobooks on CD. There will be 25 prizes for listeners and 25 prizes for non-listeners.

The survey will be open until Monday, December 1st at noon ET. Please note that prizes are limited to respondents in the U.S. and Canada.

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Click here to take the survey.'s Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature
At, we kick off the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. This year’s Holiday Cheer titles include books that you want to give and get, as well as a couple of “hot” 2015 titles. The contests kick off at noon ET on select days in November and December, and run for just 24 hours, so you will have to check the site to see what is being featured. As always, we’ll be sending our special Holiday Cheer newsletter on the days when there are contests. Click here to sign up for these email alerts.

Our next prize book will be announced on Monday, December 1st at noon ET.

This year's featured titles are:

Click here to read all the contest details and see our featured titles.
New Guides Now Available on
The following guides are now available on

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt (Fiction)
THE GOLDFINCH is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

MISTER OWITA'S GUIDE TO GARDENING: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall (Memoir)
MISTER OWITA'S GUIDE TO GARDENING is the true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing --- and ultimately everything --- in common.

PROOF OF ANGELS by Mary Curran Hackett (Fiction)
From Mary Curran Hackett --- the critically acclaimed author of PROOF OF HEAVEN --- comes an unforgettable novel about hope, renewal and the gift of angels among us.

STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova (Fiction)
STILL ALICE is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, and captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind.

TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green (Fiction)
From the New York Times bestselling author of ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART comes a riveting novel about the events leading up to one woman's affair --- and its aftermath.

THREE MINUTES IN POLAND: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film by Glenn Kurtz (Memoir/History)
THREE MINUTES IN POLAND traces Glenn Kurtz’s remarkable journey to identify the people in a home movie he found in his parents’ closet --- that had been made by his grandfather during a 1938 European tour one year before the outbreak of World War II.

WANT YOU DEAD by Peter James (Thriller)
WANT YOU DEAD follows Red Westwood, a woman who is stalked by her ex-lover, and Detective Roy Grace, who tries to crack the case in this 10th novel in the Roy Grace series.

Please note that the following title, for which we already had the guide when it appeared in hardcover, is now available in paperback:

HILD by Nicola Griffith (Historical Fiction)
Hild is the king’s youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.
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More Reviews This Week
YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim (Sports/Memoir)
No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. He is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final. He has also witnessed firsthand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life. Reviewed by Miriam Tuliao.

THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen Robertson (Historical Fiction)
Two painters and an artist’s model make up the triumvirate of heroines in this vivid novel of 1910 Paris. Appealing characters, ingenious plotting and a page-turning pace make this story of uncommon women a splendid read. It’s also a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come in our fight for equality and independence --- and how far we still need to go. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman.

THE FORGERS by Bradford Morrow (Literary Thriller)
The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his home with his hands severed. Adam’s sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will --- a convicted if unrepentant literary forger --- struggle to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible murder. But when Will begins receiving threatening handwritten letters, he understands that his own life is also on the line --- and attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meg. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie (Mystery)
Retired from the rodeo circuit, Rodeo Grace Garnet doesn't have much choice but to say yes when offered an unusual case. An elderly Indian woman from his own Reservation has hired him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she seems strangely uninterested in the results. Her attitude appears to be heartless, but as Rodeo pursues interrelated cases, he learns that the old woman's indifference is nothing compared to true hatred. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

MISSING REELS by Farran Smith Nehme (Fiction)
The debut novel from film blogger Farran Smith Nehme is set in New York City in 1987. Ceinwen Reilly is a clerk at a vintage clothier. Her downstairs neighbor is an elderly woman who may or may not have starred in a silent film, The Mysteries of Udolpho, that has been lost for decades. The focus of the book, which is enlivened by Nehme’s encyclopedic knowledge of classic cinema, is Ceinwen’s search for the film. Reviewed by Michael Magras.

THE PERFECT MOTHER by Nina Darnton (Psychological Thriller)
A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’ carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder if she ever really knew her daughter. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

UGLY GIRLS by Lindsay Hunter (Fiction)
Jamey, an alleged high school student from a nearby town, has been pining after Perry from behind the computer screen for some time now. When Perry and her friend, Baby Girl, finally agree to meet Jamey face-to-face, they quickly realize he’s far from the shy high school boy they thought he was --- and they’ll do whatever is necessary to protect themselves. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

ALL DAYS ARE NIGHT by Peter Stamm, translated by Michael Hofmann (Fiction)
Gillian is content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible future --- or so it seems. Reviewed by Rebecca Munro.

FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE by Robert Bausch (Historical Fiction)
As Union veteran Bobby Hale stumbles around the West, he finds meaning in the people he meets, and the violent history he both participates in and witnesses. FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people --- a white man and a mixed-race woman --- in the midst of such majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity. Reviewed by Stephen Febick.
Young Adult Books You Want to Read
Our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Throughout the year, features adult books on, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we also spotlight a selection of titles each month from that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Here are our latest featured titles:

GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky (Fiction)
Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

POISONED APPLES: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann (Fiction/Poetry)
In 50 poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, POISONED APPLES explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.
Click here for more young adult books we recommend you read.
Our Latest Poll: Giving Books During the Holidays
What types of books do you typically give over the holidays? Please check as many as apply.

Children’s/teen books
Holiday-themed books
Gift books
Coffee table books
None of the above
I do not give books over the holidays.

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Word of Mouth Contest: Tell Us What You're Reading --- and You Can Win THREE Books!
Tell us your current reading recommendations with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. During the contest period from November 14th to December 5th, FIVE lucky readers each will be randomly chosen to win a copy of BETRAYED: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline, THE CINDERELLA MURDER by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, and DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin.

To make sure other readers will be able to find the books you write about, please include the full title and correct author names (your entry must include these to be eligible to win). For complete rules and guidelines, click here.

Please note: You must enter your full address, using correct capitalization and filling in all fields if you would like to be eligible to win this prize.

Also, we realize that many times, your opinion of a book will change as you get further along into the story. Thus, to ensure that your comments and ratings accurately reflect your entire reading experience, your review WILL NOT be posted if you have not finished the book.

One important technical note: If you're using an iPad or another iOS device to access the Word of Mouth page and you would like to enter the contest, you must wait for the page to fully load before you can rate your book. Only then will the stars be clickable.

-To see reader comments from previous contest periods, click here.
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