Posted on February 28, 2011 by rabookschallenge
Kate Atkinson’s newest book, STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG, is being released on March 21, and we’re so excited about it, we asked the fine folks at Hachette if we could host a read-along for it and they were kind enough to say yes! They’re offering a copy of the book to the first 10 Reagan Arthur Books Challenge participants to sign up!
We’ll post some discussions questions on April 12, 2011 and ask that everyone who receives a book come back to chat. We plan to keep it informal and hope it will be fun for everyone involved. Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:
Tracy Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective-a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.
Meanwhile, Jackson Brodie, the beloved detective of novels such as Case Histories, is embarking on a different sort of rescue-that of an abused dog. Dog in tow, Jackson is about to learn, along with Tracy, that no good deed goes unpunished.
If you’ve signed up for the Reagan Arthur Book Challenge (remember….it’s not too late to join) and would like a copy of the book so that you can participate, fill out this form. Anyone can join in the chat, but you must be a member of the challenge to sign up for a book.
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Posted on February 23, 2011 by rabookschallenge
There sure is a lot of positive buzz for 13, RUE THÉRÈSE by Elena Mauli floating around the blogosphere these past few weeks! Just check out a few of the raving reviews that Reagan Arthur Challenge participants have already written:
Jennifer of Rundpinne
Jen of Devourer of Books
Alison of Alison’s Book Marks
Now that we’ve got your interest, would you like to have your very own copy of 13, RUE THÉRÈSE?
The fine folks at Hachette have graciously given us a copy to share with one very lucky “new” participant in the Reagan Arthur Books Challenge. To be eligible, all you have to do is sign up for the Reagan Arthur Challenge before March 31, 2011. That’s it… pretty simple, right?
The Reagan Arthur Challenge is a perpetual challenge — that means no start or stop dates and no stress. We wanted to keep this challenge as fun and simple as possible because we truly believe that Reagan Arthur books are something special and deserve to be read! We hope you’ll agree.
April 2, 2011 update:
Welcome to all our new participants! We hope you enjoy exploring Reagan Arthur Books as much as we do. We’re happy to announce that the randomly chosen winner is Erin! Congratulations, Erin!
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Posted on February 4, 2011 by rabookschallenge
The newest release from Reagan Arthur Books, 13, RUE THÉRÈSE by Elena Mauli Shapiro was published on February 2, 2011. Be sure to check the reviews (under the reviews tab), because so far, the response to this book has been great!
About the book:
American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars.
As Trevor examines and documents the relics the box offers up, he begins to imagine the story of Louise Brunet’s life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Thérèse. The more time he spends with the objects though, the truer his imaginings of Louise’s life become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office in the first place, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.
About the author:
Elena Mauli Shapiro grew up in Paris, and currently lives in California with her husband. She has accumulated literature and writing degrees in and around the Bay Area (Stanford, Mills, Davis). Her novel 13 rue Thérèse will be published in February 2011. Visit her blog at emshapiro.wordpress.com
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