March 06, 2013

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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!


Elizabeth Strout

The Pulitzer winner for Olive Kitteridge returns to small-town Maine in her new novel, The Burgess Boys, about a family indelibly changed by tragedy.


Harlan Coben

A professor endangers life and limb as he doggedly searches for his vanished lover in Six Years, the latest stand-alone thriller from the best-selling master of suspense.



Lawrence Wright

Church or cult? On March 11, join the Scientology expert for a live chat about the secretive Sea Org, its Hollywood supporters, and his controversial book, Going Clear.



Mohsin Hamid's Favorite Rags-to-Riches Stories

Fortunes fluctuate in his new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and on this author's top list for the archetypal plotline.


Nalo Hopkinson's Favorite Folklore-Inspired Fiction

Find age-old tales made new in these picks from the fantasy author of Sister Mine, who writes about troublesome mythological gods.


Christa Parravani's Favorite Books About Duos

A twin relates the emotional bond she and her sister shared in the debut memoir, Her, and offers five recs about close-knit pairs.



Kristopher Jansma

An unabashedly unreliable narrator baldly bluffs his way around the globe in The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a debut novel about...writing a debut novel.



A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki (Goodreads Author)

When a Canadian novelist discovers a Hello Kitty lunch box washed up on the beach, she becomes engrossed by the diary she finds inside, written by a suicidal Tokyo teen who hopes to tell the history of her centenarian grandmother.


Contagious: Why Things Catch On

From the latest YouTube craze to best-selling products, marketing expert Berger demystifies what makes ideas "go viral." Blending psychology and business strategy, this nonfiction work explains the potency of word of mouth.


Lessons in French

by Hilary Reyl (Goodreads Author)

In this coming-of-age novel, naive American painter Kate drinks in the bohemian glamour of 1989 Paris by working as the assistant to a famed photographer. Eager to please, she becomes mired in her host family's toxic schemes.


Between Man and Beast

This true account follows explorer Paul Du Chaillu's 1856 adventure in the jungles of West Africa. As the first outsider to study the then-mythical gorilla, he caused a furor among scientists just as Darwin's theories emerged.


Ordinary Grace

Thirteen-year-old Frank and his stuttering brother, Jake, investigate a series of deaths that shock their small town—including the disappearance of their talented big sister—in this atmospheric mystery set in 1961 Minnesota.


If You Find Me

by Emily Murdoch (Goodreads Author)

After being abducted by her meth-addicted mom, Carey and her nearly mute baby sister lived in a camper hidden in the woods for ten years. Discovered by authorities, the sisters rejoin civilization in this suspenseful novel for teens.



Building Tomorrow

Find out how you can help build primary schools in East Africa with this nonprofit, which forges special partnerships with local communities in rural Uganda.



Want your words to reach 11 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group and vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our March winner!


Last week I watched my beagle run, spine-
Spring, paw-patter, vertebrae unwinding
In an arc, and the biologist in me could think
Of nothing but our origins, lives before domestication.
The canine skull is crested by a blade of bone
On which thick masseters insert
So jaws can rend muscle, silence
Lung-rhythms. The human cranial capacity is 1000 cc,
Three times greater than the next closest primate,
So we harden the tips of sharpened sticks
On embers, pull them against taut resin-
Slick string, kill from afar.

You can't simplify mythos to anatomy,
Wolf and man to differences of marrow—
The lupine surge of fur and sinew
As the pack traced deadly geometry,
Gnashing teeth sparking thunder,
Paw prints volcanic; two-legs spinning flame
From air, carving fangs from stone, multiplying
To drink rivers dry. Imagine the day they joined our fire,
Union of Lupus and Orion. Oh, how the beasts
On Earth trembled before us,
How they cowered in our wake.

But none of this explains the wick of water
From my lashes, the strain of my too-tight chest
As I knelt on asphalt beside my dog's broken body,
One hand on the receding tide of his chest,
The other cupped to cradle his muzzle.
None of this explains how, even as his breath
Misted my palm red, he licked my curled fingers,
Tried, but couldn't find the strength to nuzzle
Against my knuckles. Why can't I find peace
In the drop of his eyelids, the twitch of one calf
As he leapt away into dream-dust,
A hunt that I could not follow.

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In The Little Prince, what is the subject of the narrator's first drawing?

  1. a hat
  2. a boa constrictor eating an elephant
  3. a bow tie

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Josh Ritter
Author of Bright's Passage
Monday, March 11 Join discussion
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Author of Matched series
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Maisie Dobbs series
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The Life of Pi Quiz

Question 1 of 10:
Richard Parker is...

  1. a tiger
  2. Pi's brother
  3. the ship's captain

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—Edward Gorey

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