Book Club Feature: The 13th Gift

The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith

We’re finishing up the month with The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith for our next October book club selection. With the upcoming holiday season, it’s easy to become sucked into the materialist frenzy. Smith’s memoir reminds us what is the most important gift should be:

After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne Huist Smith had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children–especially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their “True Friends.” As the Smiths came together to solve the mystery of who the gifts were from, they began to thaw out from their grief and come together again as a family. This true story about the power of random acts of kindness will warm the heart, a beautiful reminder of the miracles of Christmas and the gift of family during the holiday season.

After reading the book, you might even be inspired to give someone the pleasure of these 13 gifts.

Learn more about the author and The 13th Gift  on its website. You can even see photos of Smith’s family and pictures of the cards she and her family received from their “True Friends.”

Pre-order the book now and join us on October 28 as From Left to Write members discuss the book!

Book Club Discussion: The Goddess of Small Victories

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Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have dinner with Albert Einstein? In the novel The Goddess of Small Victories (Other Press) by Yannick Grannec, we get a glimpse into mathematician Kurt Gödel who was good friends with Albert Einstein. Gödel’s colleagues are immortalized in the history books, but Grannec gives the scientists and mathematician humanity through the eyes of Adele, Gödel’s wife.

Join our The Goddess of Small Victories book club discussion by taking a look at what From Left to Write members had to say about the novel:

Learn more about  The Goddess of Small Victories the book and author in this great interview about the novelYannick Grannec is a graphic designer, freelance art director, professor of fine arts, and enthusiast of mathematics. The Goddess of Small Victories is her first novel. She lives in Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

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What’s On Your Nightstand: Joelle Herr

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I had so much fun with Joelle Herr’s irreverent William Shakespeare Rewritten by You, I just had to know what books she had on her nightstand. My to-be-read list has gotten longer thanks to her list. Read on to find out what book has been sitting on her nightstand for several months and why! The Paying […]

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Review: The Wonder of All Things

The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott

I loved Jason Mott’s debut novel The Returned so much that I hunted down an elusive galley of his second  at Book Expo America. The Wonder of All Things has been sitting patiently on my shelf until closer to its release date, when I released it from my self-imposed ban. I even cleared my schedule in order to read it […]

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Book Club Feature: The Goddess of Small Victories + Giveaway

Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec

Staying in theme with our first book club selection, our second pick for October is also about numbers. The Goddess of Small Victories (Other Press) by Yannick Grannec (translated by  Willard Wood) is a fictional account about brilliant mathematician Kurt Gödel as told from his wife’s perspective. Adele, a former cabaret dancer, was shunned by the scientific community, […]

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Book Club Discussion: Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

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It’s not often you find me sneaking time to read a book full of data and statistics by Christian Rudder, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think We No One’s Looking) is different.  OKCupid co-founder Rudder uses extensive data from the dating site and other sources to discover facts such as couples who have less mutual connections on Facebook […]

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