A House Without Windows – new from book club favorite Nadia Hashimi

The House withut windows

Readers fell in love with The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon is Low, and now Nadia Hashimi is back with a new novel, A House Without Windows, on sale August 16th.

A House Without Windows is an unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood and a powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture. Zeba’s quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death, and barely escaping a vengeful mob she’s arrested and jailed. Awaiting trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells. For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood.

Start reading an excerpt of A House Without Windows now and pre-order your copy today … Thenile.com.au , Fishpond.com.au , Book Depository , Amazon

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting – Man Booker winner – “The Sense of an Ending”

An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness – The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult – with a free excerpt, discussion notes and recipes

storyteller

The Storyteller 

Jodi Picoult

An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from #1 “New York Times”-bestselling author Picoult.
Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him.
Some stories live forever . . .
We also have a free excerpt, book club discussion notes, an interview with the author, and two of Misha’s recipes. => http://bit.ly/ZDoSd6

For your book club – The Confession by John Grisham

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The Confession

John Grisham
An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him. 
Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row: his fate had been decided.
Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis faces a fate of his own: an inoperable brain tumour will soon deliver the end. Reflecting on his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right. After years of silence he is ready to confess. 
But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?
Includes book club notes

For your book club – Water for elephants

Water for elephants

Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen

 As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate travelling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
Remember the movie with our trailer, read an excerpt and download book club notes

“Best mystery of the decade” Book Club suggestion – Case Histories

Case Histories

Kate Atkinson

Called the best mystery of the decade by Stephen King, this novel from award-winner Atkinson is a breathtaking story of families divided, love lost and found, and the mysteries of fate.

Includes book club discussion questions … http://bit.ly/10gPjvZ

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie  

by Kate Di Camillo

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer–and learning to love what you have.

Discussion notes, trailer, teacher lesson plans & more => http://bit.ly/TwLZCR

At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney – book club discussion

At Home with the Templetons

by Monica McInerney

When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From Australia’s top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet – a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family => http://bit.ly/WJrgUH (includes book club notes)

Film Trailer released for “The Help”


Set during the 1960s in America’s racially divided Deep South, ‘The Help’ is a beautifully handled story of a white society girl, two black maids and a dangerous secret they share. Here’s a first look at the film trailer for ‘The Help’ coming soon.

For your children’s book club – a new slant on an old fairy tale

The Goose Girl

by Shannon Hale

She can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother.

More about the book, discussion notes, excerpt, and where to buy the book => http://bit.ly/e321wJ