November 03, 2012

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

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Tom Wolfe

The literary institution paints a vivid tableau of wildly diverse Miami characters in his latest opus, Back to Blood, about a police officer thrust into the limelight.

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Karen Marie Moning

The urban fantasy queen begins a new trilogy with Iced, a paranormal adventure filled with lethal faeries run amok and set in the world of her best-selling Fever series.

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Richard Russo

In his first memoir, Elsewhere, the novelist writes about how his vivacious but volatile mother and his small hometown of Gloversville have shaped his career.

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BEST BOOKS OF 2012

Nominations Are In!

It's time to choose the best books of the year! Based on statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads in 2012, we've nominated 15 books in 20 categories. You have three chances to vote during the month of November for Best Fiction, Mystery, Memoir, Young Adult Fantasy, and many more.

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GOODREADS LIVE

Barbara Kingsolver

On November 9, join the celebrated author of The Poisonwood Bible for a live chat about Monarch butterflies, rural Tennessee, and her new novel, Flight Behavior.

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Jasper Fforde

The fantasy writer will answer your questions on November 13 in a live chat about The Woman Who Died A Lot, the latest book in his whimsical Thursday Next mystery series.

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GOOD MINDS SUGGEST

Jon Meacham's Favorite History Books

The Pulitzer-winning author of the new biography Thomas Jefferson picks his favorite works of historical scholarship.

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Colm Tóibín's Top Novels About Religious Figures

A spiritual icon is reimagined in his new novel, The Testament of Mary, and in these recommended works of fiction.

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DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Karen Engelmann

In the historical debut The Stockholm Octavo, a fortune-teller gives a gambler in search of a wife a special "octavo," eight cards for the eight people who will lead him to his fate.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

Sweet Tooth

MI5 recruits a beautiful Cambridge student in this provocative espionage novel set during the Cold War. Serena struggles to maintain a double life as she falls in love with her target, a writer whose trust she must earn.

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Heads in Beds

by Jacob Tomsky (Goodreads Author)

From bizarre guest demands to the housekeeping shortcuts you don't want to know about—hospitality worker Tomsky reveals all in this memoir of ten years working in hotels, rising through the ranks from valet to front desk concierge.

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The Confidant

Camille receives letters from a stranger with an unknown motive that tell the unusual story of his sweetheart, Annie, a woman in World War II-era Paris who became a surrogate mother for a wealthy childless couple.

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A Free Man

To write this work of narrative nonfiction, Sethi shadowed the life of impoverished laborer Mohammad Ashraf for years. He relates life on the jammed streets of modern Delhi and the outlook of the working poor.

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The Shortest Way Home

by Juliette Fay (Goodreads Author)

Sean has zigzagged the world working as a nurse among survivors of natural disasters and victims of war. At age 43, he returns to Massachusetts, where he rekindles an old love but fears he may have Huntington's disease.

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Meant to Be

by Lauren Morrill (Goodreads Author)

In this romance for young adults, love blossoms on a school trip to London. Straight-edged student Julia is dismayed to learn she's partnered with annoying jokester Jason but excited to be receiving texts from a mysterious boy.

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DO GOOD WITH GOODREADS

Asha for Education

Taking its name from the Hindi word for "hope," this nonprofit creates opportunities for underprivileged children in India through a variety of educational programs.

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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST

Want your words to reach 9 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 November winner!

Four Rooms

I had a room
made of lilac sprays,
fireflies, bed ruffles
and rows of eyes
that fastened
me to my
future.

I had a room
made of pond water,
where duckweed leaned
above me like a fort
and on the surface
possum nails clicked
the sandstone path
like falling jacks.

I had a room
made of lyrics
scrawled on the slanted eaves
of my adolescence
and they demanded
immediate
and euphonious
justice.

I have a room
made of worry,
king snakes and coatimundi
and I'm here to tell you
that from the inside
these saguaro ribs
look like bars.

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With love,

Jessica, Elizabeth, and the Goodreads Team

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TRIVIA

In A Wrinkle in Time, what is the "wrinkle" by which the characters travel through time?

  1. a tesseract
  2. a piece of toast
  3. a hypercube

FIRST READS: Win prerelease books!

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

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FEATURED AUTHOR GROUPS

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The Room Quiz

Question 1 of 5:
What is the name of Ma and Jack's kidnapper?

  1. Tom
  2. Old Nathan
  3. Old Nick

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