December Book Club: The Mill River Redemption + Giveaway

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Since we coming upon a 4-day weekend for our Thanksgiving holiday, why not get a jumpstart on December? Our December book club selection is the perfect for curling up on the couch with a hot cup of chocolate or tea. From Left to Write book club members are reading The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan.

I think you’ll be charmed by the residents at Mill River, just like I was. Meet Josie and her daughters:

Josie DiSanti is starting over. Recently widowed, she has fled her New York City home with her two young daughters—spirited Rose and shy Emily—in tow. She takes refuge in Mill River, Vermont, to live with her only remaining relative, Ivy Collard, the local bookstore owner and a woman Josie barely knows. There, the young mother and her girls build a new life for themselves—until a shocking tragedy tears the sisters apart.

Years later, Josie’s still-estranged daughters return to the quiet town for the reading of their mother’s will, which stipulates that they must work together to locate a hidden key to a safe-deposit box containing their inheritance. Even from the great beyond, it seems Josie will do anything to bring about her daughters’ reconciliation. Having no choice but to go along with their mother’s final wishes, Rose and Emily move back to Mill River for the summer to begin the search—discovering that, in the close-knit community known for magic and miracles, an even greater treasure awaits them.

After you read The Mill River Redemption, make sure you read more about how Mill River began in The New York Times bestseller The Mill River RecluseWe’ll be back in a few weeks with a Q&A with Darcie. In the meantime, pick up your copy of The Mill River Redemption and join From Left to Write members on December 2 to discuss the novel.

The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

More about the author: Darcie Chan is the author of The Mill River Recluse, a debut novel that became a word-of-mouth e-book sensation. With nearly 700,000 copies sold, The Mill River Recluse appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for 30 weeks and became a heartwarming favorite of readers across the country.

Darcie was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the small towns of Brandon, Wisconsin, La Junta and Cheraw, Colorado, and Paoli, Indiana. Thanks to loving and supportive parents who are both educators, she learned to read and write at an early age. She has two younger sisters, with whom she is very close. 
Currently, Darcie lives just north of New York City with her husband and son. 

Learn more about Darcie at her website. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Book Club Discussion: J by Howard Jacobson

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Today we’re discussing our second November book club selection J by Howard Jacobson. This multi-layered dystopian novel is set in the near future in a world that has been rocked by something apocalyptic that is only referred to as “WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED.” Both slow to trust others, Ailinn and Kevern seemed to have found each other in their greatest hour of need.

What do From Left to Write members have to say about this Booker Man Prize finalist? Head over to their sites to read our book club discussion of by Howard Jacobson:

If you haven’t read yet, check out an excerpt.

Have you read any of Howard Jacobson’s other works?

November Book Club: J by Howard Jacobson

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For our second November book club selection, we’re reading  J by Howard Jacobson. A finalist for this year’s Booker Man Prize, is a character driven novel about a dystopian universe where no one is allowed to own an object older than 100 years old. We’re excited to dive into the novel:

Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying. Kevern Cohen doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinn’s guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them together—whatever the cost.

J by Howard Jacobson

Join From Left to Write book club members on November 20 as we discuss  J by Howard Jacobson. Make sure to grab your copy so you can join us!

What are you reading this weekend?

Book Club Discussion: A Letter to My Cat

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Last week I went away for a conference and was gone for 5 days. Is it bad to confess that I might have missed my cat Pixie as much as my kids? Luckily, I’m not alone when it comes to love for our pets. Today From Left to Write members discuss  A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer, where celebrity cat lovers pen letters to their beloved pets.

A Letter to My Cat

Grab your copy of A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer and share your cute cat photos with us. Don’t forget to check out the A Letter to My Cat website and and send out a tweet to your cat!

November Book Club: A Letter to My Cat

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We’re starting our November with a fun book club selection. As a cat owner, I’m excited to announce A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer as our first book club for November.

When I first became a cat owner, I was surprised at how much I came to love that 10 pound ball of fur. In A Letter to My Cat, celebrity cat lovers write odes to their beloved pets. The book couldn’t be complete without large glossies of their adorable cats. My 9-year-old daughter stole my copy of the book and wouldn’t return it until she read it cover-to-cover, oohing and aahing over each photograph.


Our cat Pixie is a book lover too. Can’t you tell?

A Letter to My Cat

Grab your copy of A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer and join From Left to Write on November 10 as we discuss the book, and hopefully share gratuitous pet photos.

Check out the A Letter to My Cat website and and send out a tweet to your cat!

Book Club Discussion: The 13th Gift

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As soon as the Halloween candy has been stashed away, I’m in full holiday mode. I eagerly plan my menu for Thanksgiving, imagining the bliss on my friends’ faces as they taste each dish. That happy feeling continues throughout December. Which brings us to our last October book club selection The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith.

Today is the publication day for Smith’s memoir and join From Left to Write members as we discuss the holidays, loss, grief, and gifts of all kinds:

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.”

Have you ever secretly given gifts?