I discovered the First Look Book Club last year when I was exploring the Barnes & Noble website. Every few months or so, they host these First Look Book Clubs. The membership is not set but they do make advance announcements to previous members alerting us to sign up at noon on a particular day. Then you email your desire to join and your address which you must do quickly because they run out of slots fast. If you're among the lucky ones, you get a confirmatory email and your book arrives in a few days!
I'd joined the discussions for "The House at Riverton" by Kate Morton and "The Sister" by Poppy Adams. I loved Riverton, it reminded me of Rebecca and of Atonement - a Gothic sort of suspense centered around an old aristocratic family and an ancient home in England. I wouldn't have found or read the book ordinarily, but it was a wonderful escape.
I'm very excited about this new book - it's more along the lines of something that I would have found myself. I've never read Amy Dickinson's column "Ask Amy" or heard her on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" but the first chapter is reminiscent of Fannie Flagg.
Here's the blurb on the back of the book:
"Five years ago, after an exhaustive nationwide search, the Chicago Tribune announced Amy Dickinson as the next Ann Landers. They wanted a contemporary voice and they found it. Bracingly witty and candid, Amy is not your mother's advice columnist. Readers love her for her brutal honesty, her small-town values, and the fact that her motto is "I make mistakes so you don't have to." Her advice column, "Ask Amy," appears daily in more than 150 newspapers nationwide, read by more than 22 million people.
In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson takes those mistakes and spins them into a remarkable story. This is the tale of Amy and her daughter and the women in her family who helped raise them."
More to come!