September 08, 2012

September Newsletter

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Hi Sitha,

Here's our monthly newsletter from Goodreads—giving you the latest and greatest in our quest to connect people through reading!


Michael Chabon

Humming with jazz and soul, an indie used-vinyl record store faces its fate in Telegraph Avenue, the latest novel from the Pulitzer winner and Berkeley resident.


Zadie Smith

The acclaimed author of White Teeth again taps into London's pell-mell rhythm in her new tragi-comic novel, NW, told in the city's multicultural vernacular.


Junot Díaz

The geek hero who gave us The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao returns with a new collection of linked stories, This Is How You Lose Her.



Salman Rushdie

Join the celebrated writer for a live chat on September 19 about his new memoir, Joseph Anton, which details his years spent in hiding from a fatwa death sentence.


Elle & Blair Fowler

The sisters and YouTube stars will answer your questions on September 20 in a live chat about beauty, fashion, and their new young adult novel, Beneath the Glitter.


Ned Vizzini

On October 6, join the young adult novelist for a live chat about The Other Normals, his new fantasy in which a socially awkward teen must become a heroic warrior.



Naomi Wolf's Favorite Books About Gender

The writer-activist shares her top five books in honor of her newest about female sexuality and identity, Vagina: A New Biography.


Irvine Welsh's Favorite Books About Addiction

The Trainspotting author revives his gang of Edinburgh heroin junkies in a new book, Skagboys, and offers five recs about addicts.


Louise Fili's Favorite Books About Typography

The art of lettering takes shape in these selections from this graphic designer with a new retrospective, Elegantissima.



Emma Straub

A callow young actress transforms into an alluring screen siren in the debut novel, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, set during Hollywood's lavish golden age.



The Cutting Season

Estate manager Caren Gray usually hosts weddings and school tours at Louisiana plantation Belle Vie. When she discovers the body of a young migrant worker on the grounds, she doesn't trust local police to solve the case.


My Berlin Kitchen

Food blogger Weiss pairs recipes with life events in this culinary memoir: a childhood split between parents in Berlin and Boston, recovering from heartbreak in New York, and making a home in Berlin with a new love.


The White Forest

In this gothic mystery set in Victorian England, a sheltered woman gifted with second sight searches for a missing friend—a man obsessed with her abilities and entangled with a dangerous London occult leader.


The Black Count

Novelist Alexandre Dumas modeled The Count of Monte Cristo after his father, whose daring exploits are captured in this new biography. Son of a slave, the senior Dumas rose to become one of Napoleon's highest generals.


The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

Three schoolgirls transition from small-town civilian life to compulsory military service in the Israel Defense Forces. The trio narrate days of target practice and guard duty while witnessing horrors in this literary coming of age.



by Jay Kristoff (Goodreads Author)

The ironfisted Shōgun rules a polluted island nation in this Japanese-flavored young adult steampunk adventure. Young telepath Yukiko must catch the legendary thunder tiger—part-eagle, part-tiger—or face certain death.



African Library Project

Take part in the ALP's newly launched Australian pilot program! This nonprofit seeks Australian book lovers to gather books and funds to found libraries in Malawi.



Want your words to reach 8 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group to vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our September winner!


by Mary Stone Dockery (Goodreads Author)
You tell her you are done with this farm,
with the old tractors rusting in the timber,
the flood lines etched on the tin shed.
You remember how each flood
crept to the steps of the porch
as the levy tore—
the floating picnic table,
tying the boat to the flag pole.

The way houses become islands
is routine for you.

You can no longer count
the number of buoys anchored
near your garage door.

She speaks of the lives of trees,
braced in their early years
with tarnished rods, how slowly
they seem to grow, how suddenly
they shade what was once
open space.

When you look at her hands,
you think of water receding,
all the cracked mud.
These acres are concrete slabs,
the river but bristles on a broom,
sweeping away all the seeds.

When you look at her hands,
you think of piles of things after,
in buckets and truck beds,
the way everyone stopped to look.

Read more poetry

With love,

Jessica, Elizabeth, and the Goodreads Team

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What is the name of the main family portrayed in The Grapes of Wrath?

  1. Joad
  2. Wainwright
  3. Small


Get ready, J.K. Rowling fans! Join our read-along group for The Casual Vacancy—with contests, chats, and more.

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FIRST READS: Win prerelease books!

Be the first to read new books. Enter a drawing and cross your fingers!



Laurie R. King
September 4-11 Join discussion
Emma McLaughlin
& Nicola Kraus

Saturday, September 8 Join discussion
Tess Gerritsen
Sunday, September 23 Join discussion

Persuasion Quiz

Question 1 of 14:
Who is the heroine of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion?

  1. Elizabeth Bennet
  2. Anne Elliot
  3. Louisa Musgrove

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at live dragons.

—J.R.R. Tolkien

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