At Bookreporter.com, we kick off the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. This year’s Holiday Cheer titles include books that you want to give and get, as well as a couple of “hot” 2015 titles. The contests kick off at noon ET on select days in November and December, and run for just 24 hours, so you will have to check the site to see what is being featured. As always, we’ll be sending our special Holiday Cheer newsletter on the days when there are contests.
Our next prize book will be announced on Monday, December 1st at noon ET.
We have 25 copies of SAVING GRACE by Jane Green to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which releases on December 30th, and share their comments on it. The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 4th at noon ET.
Special Offer! If you purchase SAVING GRACE, you are eligible for a free eBook of HAPPY FOOD, Jane's latest cookbook. For a preview of some of the holiday-friendly recipes in HAPPY FOOD, click here.
As we continue to explore the world of audiobooks, we bring you our newest Bookreporter.com feature, “Sounding Off on Audio,” where we interview listeners about their love of audiobooks. Find out what they listen to, who their favorite narrators are, why they enjoy audiobooks, and much more.
This week, we talk to Marlene Cole, who has been listening to audiobooks --- long and short --- since 1989 and shares with us some tips for the best experience. We also hear from Laura Hilger, who tells us about the series that got her hooked, along with the good narrators she can’t remember and the bad ones she’ll never forget.
In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. And at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak and a hideous death by piranhas.
No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. He is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final. He has also witnessed firsthand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life.
Two painters and an artist’s model make up the triumvirate of heroines in this vivid novel of 1910 Paris. Appealing characters, ingenious plotting and a page-turning pace make this story of uncommon women a splendid read. It’s also a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come in our fight for equality and independence --- and how far we still need to go.
The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his home with his hands severed. Adam’s sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will --- a convicted if unrepentant literary forger --- struggle to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible murder. But when Will begins receiving threatening handwritten letters, he understands that his own life is also on the line --- and attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meg.
Retired from the rodeo circuit, Rodeo Grace Garnet doesn't have much choice but to say yes when offered an unusual case. An elderly Indian woman from his own Reservation has hired him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she seems strangely uninterested in the results. Her attitude appears to be heartless, but as Rodeo pursues interrelated cases, he learns that the old woman's indifference is nothing compared to true hatred.
The debut novel from film blogger Farran Smith Nehme is set in New York City in 1987. Ceinwen Reilly is a clerk at a vintage clothier. Her downstairs neighbor is an elderly woman who may or may not have starred in a silent film, The Mysteries of Udolpho, that has been lost for decades. The focus of the book, which is enlivened by Nehme’s encyclopedic knowledge of classic cinema, is Ceinwen’s search for the film.
A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’ carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder if she ever really knew her daughter.
Jamey, an alleged high school student from a nearby town, has been pining after Perry from behind the computer screen for some time now. When Perry and her friend, Baby Girl, finally agree to meet Jamey face-to-face, they quickly realize he’s far from the shy high school boy they thought he was --- and they’ll do whatever is necessary to protect themselves.
Gillian is content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible future --- or so it seems.
As Union veteran Bobby Hale stumbles around the West, he finds meaning in the people he meets, and the violent history he both participates in and witnesses. FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people --- a white man and a mixed-race woman --- in the midst of such majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity.