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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Book Club Discussion: Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

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Today we’re talking about  Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas, our second September book club pick. For Dan, the novel’s main character, life is divided in before prison and after prison. A powerful swimmer, he once had a chance at the Olympics, but throws it away in an act of violence. The novel is a powerful story about our definitions of success, failure and redemption.

From Left to Write members had plenty to say about Barracuda. Head over to their sites to join our discussion:

The novel is on sale now, so grab your copy of Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas, and join our discussion!

Follow news from Aussie Christos Tsiolkas via his website.

Book Club Discussion: 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas

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After a slightly relaxed summer, we’ve jumped right back in our book club reading. This month we’re discussing  2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajama by Marie-Helene Bertino, a novel about the seemingly unconnected lives in a small Philadelphia neighborhood. Thanks to the The Cat’s Pajamas jazz club, the characters discover how music intertwines their lives and those around them.

From Left to Write book club members loved the novel. Head over to their blogs to read their stories inspired the novel and join our book club discussion of 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajama’s.

Want to see what books are on Marie-Helene’s nightstand? Learn more about Marie-Helene Bertino at her website, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Did you read 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajama? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Book Club Discussion: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  I asked From Left to Write members to reread this classic and/or to introduce their children to this childhood classic.  Many of our members enjoyed the bonding time as they read the books aloud or along with their kids.

Take a look at what our bloggers had to say as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Some even had their children join the discussion! Then make sure you enter the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes (see below for details on how):

Now that you’ve read our discussion,  celebrate along with us!  To celebrate this milestone, Penguin Young Readers Group, in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world-famous candy emporium, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books for children from low-income families, is launching a year-long international celebration.

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Enter the National Golden Ticket Sweepstakes (Ends on August 15th)

Don’t wait to enter because the contest ends August 15th! Plus, for each  each sweepstakes entry received, Penguin will make a donation First Book. For sweepstakes entry forms, or download your form here.

Inspired by the Golden Ticket Competition in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which provided Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregard, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket with golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s mysterious Chocolate Factory, Penguin Young Readers Group will grant FIVE lucky winners the Golden Ticket trip of a lifetime to New York City that includes:

  •   A VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar
  •  Tickets to Matilda the Musical
  •  A year’s supply of chocolate
  •  A visit to the Empire State building
  •  A library of Roald Dahl books
  • And MORE!

In partnership with First Book, a non-profit that provides books for children from low-income families.  Penguin Young Readers provides:

  •  A monetary donation and one brand new Penguin trade children’s book for every national sweepstakes entry received.  The book donation will include copies of the anniversary edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which will be distributed by First Book to registered programs and schools serving children in need throughout the United States and Canada.
  • A donation of a full set of Dahl Penguin titles (17 in total), 50 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory books, and a bean bag to each school selected by First Book’s Advisory Boards in 20 markets as part of the First Book Golden Ticket Giveaway.

Book Club Day: Those We Love Most + Win Video Chat with Lee Woodruff!

Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff

We’re starting off our first summer book club read with Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff. The books’ family members whose lives are forever intertwined not just by blood and marriage but by a tragic accident. You’ll be able to relate to at least one, if not many of the characters in the book.

I’m also very excited to announce that you can win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff so you and your book club (or friends) can talk about Those We Love Most!

First, take a look at how our From Left to Write members were inspired by our book club selection this month:

Wow, right? Make sure you pick up a copy of Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the book.  Make sure you keep up with Lee Woodruff and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Ready to enter the giveaway? One lucky winner will win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff, author extraordinaire, so you and your book club (or friends) can talk about Those We Love Most!  To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below. (If you’re using a feed reader, you’ll have to click through to the site to enter.)

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Book Club Day: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra


Living in a war torn land brings out  the best and worst out of humanity. In his novel  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra beautifully captures his characters’ hopes, dreams, and loss. The novel is not about life in Chechnya, but how strangers bond over challenging times. Though not strangers, Akmed rescues little Havaa after her father is taken away and her home is burned down. Akmed comes to Sonja for help, even though he only knows her through her reputation as a doctor. Together, they find ways to survive, both physically and spiritually.

Today is book club day for our June pick.  Join our book club members as we discuss A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Head over to their sites and read what themes resonated for them:


Don’t forget to grab your copy of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.You can also follow Anthony Marra on Twitter.