Friday Morning Bookclub

May 21, 2010

The Memory Thief In Review!

Filed under: The Memory Thief — susanbright @ 9:01 pm

In May we had our first official author chat! Thank you Bonnie,for the following review of the meeting.

 It was a special treat to converse live with the author of our May book. Rachel Keener, author of The Memory Thief called in to discuss and answer questions about her 2nd novel.  Our group seemed very interested in her Holy Roller aspect of this story and as we all suspected, her grandmother was a religious zealot and her father was a Preacher. She also informed us that she lived in Coal Mining Country and gathered much of her inspiration from the poverty and neglect she witnessed around her. We all decided we disliked the mother in this novel, yet felt compassion for the father and future husband. We never did ask the author about her relationship with her own mother, which would have been interesting to know. Everyone enjoyed the novel even more after speaking to Rachel and learning about the process she went thru in writing this story. Thank you to Esther for hosting our meeting and supplying a lovely breakfast of bagels,scones, fruit and drinks!  I think it would be a fun twist to meet with another Book Club for one of our next meetings.

May 20, 2010

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Memory Thief By Rachel Keener 3 1/2 Omelets

Filed under: Rate The Book,The Memory Thief — susanbright @ 9:12 pm

Amazon readers gave The Memory Thief  5 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave The Memory Thief 4 1/2  stars

We were very forunate to be able to have a phone chat with Rachel Keener. This was our first author chat and it was very enlightening.  We look forward to reading Rachel’s first book The Killing Tree.

May 7, 2010

Rate The Book: The Memory Thief By Rachel Keener

Filed under: Polls,Rate The Book,The Memory Thief — susanbright @ 9:28 pm

All votes are welcomed! Help us rate our books!

April 21, 2010

Meet Rachel Keener, The Author Of This Month’s Book: The Memory Thief

Filed under: The Memory Thief — susanbright @ 6:00 am

Rachel Keener was born in Virginia and grew up in Tennessee. Although she always liked to read and write, her focus in college was Political Science. After graduating from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, Rachel attended law school. It was in her 1st year of law school that she really began to write.  By year three  Rachel found herself working on her novel during class. In 2001, with the help of her husband Rachel began to work on getting her 1st book published. Six years later, she was offered a contract and in 2009 The Killing Tree was published. Keener’s second book The Memory Thief  was published April 2010. Rachel Keener lives in the Winston- Salem area with her husband and two sons.

March 31, 2010

Exciting News! We Have A New May Book! The Memory Thief!

Filed under: The Memory Thief,What is next?? — susanbright @ 8:06 pm

Today when I arrived home after a long exhausting day, I found a large box of books on my front porch! Our copies of The Memory Thief have arrived from Hachette Book Group. We were lucky enough to win copies for each of our official members through ReadingGroupGuides.  I also recieved an email asking us when we would like to schedule our phone chat with author Rachel Keener. A first for The Friday Morning Bookclub!  The Memory Thief is about two girls from very different backgrounds.  Angel is the victim of an impoverished abusive family. Hannah is the daughter of missionaries, born into a strict religous sect. The Memory Thief is about these two young women and how their lives become intertwined. It looks like a fascinating read. Please read along with us!

March 19, 2010

Exciting News!

Filed under: Literary Tidbits,The Friday Morning Book Club,The Memory Thief — susanbright @ 11:22 pm

 Fifteen groups won an authors chat with Rachel Keener and 12 copies of her book, The Memory Thief through ReadingGroupGuides and we are one of them! ReadingGroupGuides is  a newsletter for book clubs and has all kinds of wonderful book recommendations as well as giveaways. The Memory Thief was published in March 2010 and is Keener’s 2nd novel. Her first novel The Killing Tree earned 5 stars among Amazon readers. I guess I will be finding a box of books on my front porch any day now! Depending on when the books arrive, we may have found a new May or June book!

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