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Sue Monk Kidd’s touching novel The Invention of Wings, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, is about self-discovery and a striving for freedom that overcomes heartbreak, rejection, and societal restrictions. It is based on the true story of nineteenth-century abolitionists and women’s rights activists Sarah and Angelina Grimké.
The Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide (51 pages) includes complete coverage of the characters, themes, symbols, historical background, and writing style, plus discussion questions to get your book club or classroom buzzing.
About the novel: Ten-year-old Hetty “Handful” Grimké is an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston. She is given to the Grimké’s daughter, Sarah, on Sarah’s eleventh birthday. Sarah, however, has a mind of her own and does not want to “own” another human being. She believes she is meant to do something big and important in life. When she tries to free Hetty, her parents intervene and the two girls become bonded in a relationship that will span thirty-five years. Sarah defies her parents and her society by becoming an abolitionist. In this, she is joined by her younger sister Angelina. Together they become pioneers in the abolitionist and human rights movements.
The story is based in part on the historic figure of Sarah Grimké. Kidd uses the character of Hetty and Hetty’s servitude in juxtaposition to Sarah’s liberal leanings. Hetty’s mother, Charlotte, is a fearless and cunning woman who records her family’s history on a quilt that she keeps hidden from her masters while her lover, Denmark Versey, a free black man, plans a slave uprising that ends in disaster.
Today is the official launch of the Novel Notes Mini-Guide for Steven Galloway’s haunting, beautiful novel The Cellist of Sarajevo.
In a city under siege, four people whose lives have been upended are ultimately reminded of what it is to be human. In this novel, Steven Galloway has painted a portrait of the Siege of Sarajevo (1992–1996) that will not be soon forgotten.
Click here to buy the PDF guide now for just $5.50.
The Bookclub-in-a-Box Mini-Guide (37 pages) includes complete coverage of the characters, themes, symbols, historical background and writing style, plus discussion questions to get your book club or classroom buzzing.
Dear Bookclub-in-a-Box readers,
An important announcement about changes to our website: due to the increasing preference for PDF discussion guides over the print versions, and the costs associated with printing, Bookclub-in-a-Box will be discontinuing print versions of all guides after May 31, 2014. The good news: For the rest of May, all print discussion guides ordered through our website will be on sale for 50% off! That means all print titles are only $7.49 each, no coupon code necessary. If you were planning to stock up on a few of your favourite titles, now is the best time to do so.
We will continue to sell all 65+ of our titles as PDFs, the format that more and more readers have been choosing over the past several years. Many of our guides are also available as ebooks through Amazon and Kobo, if you search for our name through their online stores.
You will also notice a change to the payment system through our website: while credit card payments have gone through a system called Moneris in the past, after May 31, our payment system will be switching to Paypal only — credit cards are still accepted securely through Paypal, and creating a Paypal account is not necessary to use this method.
We hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to order any print guide for 50% off while it lasts. Thank you for your continued support, and happy reading!
25% off all guides for one week only!
August 21-27 • Coupon code: SUNSHINE
More than 65 discussion guides to get your book club or classroom buzzing, including our newest releases:
• The Sisters Brothers (Patrick deWitt)
• To the End of the Land (David Grossman)
• The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
And our backlist bestsellers:
• Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
• Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
• Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)