Book Club Discussion: The Mapmaker’s Children

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Book club discussion days are my favorite days on this site. Today is even better because we’re discussing Sarah McCoy’s The Mapmaker’s ChildrenThis novel tells the alternating stories of two women–an abolitionist and one from present day- and how one doll brings past and present together.

Based on the chatter in our private forum, From Left to Write members couldn’t get enough of McCoy’s characters. Our book club members were truly inspired by The Mapmaker’s Children. Don’t believe me? Check out their personal stories inspired by the novel.

Intrigued? Grab a copy of The Mapmaker’s Children and see what the fuss is all about.

Don’t forget check out Sarah McCoy’s website or follow her on Twitter. She loves chatting with her readers and is super nice. Tell her From Left to Write sent you!

Giveaway: Deborah Harkness’ Book of Life Bundle!

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Let’s kick off Monday with a BANG! We’ve got an awesome giveaway for all you Deborah Harkness fans.

To celebrate the paperback release of The Book of Lifethe final book in the All Souls trilogy–Penguin is offering one lucky reader the ultimate The Book of Life Bundle! But first, more about the book.

The All Souls Trilogy Box Set

If you’re new to Harkness’ books (like me), you’ll want to clear your schedule for the trilogy (that’s what my friends told me). The best part about being a late adopter is that don’t have to wait for the next installment to be released. In fact, you can just pick up the All Souls Box Set and dive right in. Here’s some general info about the series:

The All Souls Trilogy follows the story of Diana Bishop, a historian and reluctant witch, as she solves the mystery of Ashmole 782, falls in love with a mysterious vampire named Matthew Clairmont, and learns how powerful it can be to accept who you are.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Of course the conclusion of the series is The Book of Life:

Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

I don’t have any plans this weekend, so guess what I’ll be reading? I can even listen to Deb’s The Book of Life Spotify playlist of the music that inspired her as she was writing it.

If you’d rather read via audiobooks, you can sample the trilogy as read by Jennifer Ikeda (listen to Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and Book of Life).

Make sure you follow Deborah Harkness via her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Book of Life Bundle Giveaway

Ready for the giveaway? One lucky winner will receive The Book of Life Bundle, which includes the following:

  • a copy of The Book of Life
  • a signed copy of Diana’s commonplace book
  • a  Book of Life mirror with ouroboros design
  • 6 All Souls alchemical buttons

What a fantastic bundle for a Harkness fan! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you’re reading this via email, click through to the post.) For U.S. addresses only–sorry to our Canuck neighbors. Don’t take it personally; it’s a shipping thing.

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4 Audiobooks For the Guys In Your Life

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This post contains affiliate links. Besides magazines and plays, my husband isn’t much of a reader. Yes, this book blogger’s husband isn’t a fan of reading.  Not that I haven’t tried. I’ve given him my copy of Gone Girl  and Dad Is Fat, but they just lay dusty by his nightstand. Then I introduced him to audiobooks and […]

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What’s On Your Nightstand: Eleni Gage

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We’re back for our latest gawk at an author’s nightstand! I’m glad to hear that Eleni Gage is also a promiscuous reader, because I jump from book to book too! She even sent me 3 photos of her nightstand, but I’m going to share the one that looks more like mine–but neater. I can totally […]

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Book Club Feature: The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy

I am so thrilled to feature another novel by Sarah McCoy as our second May book club feature! Our book club loved her The Baker’s Daughter and we’re excited about her new book! The Mapmaker’s Children tells the story of two women–an abolitionist and one from present day.  Here’s more about the book: When Sarah Brown, […]

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Book Club Discussion: Spinster by Kate Bolick

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Spinster is a loaded word and Kate Bolick dives right in with her book  Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own. Bolick’s research about being single and her quest to dive into the lives of famous spinsters provide plenty for our book club to discuss and debate. Head over to From Left to Write members’ blogs and read their […]

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