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Guest post: One reader's surprise meeting with Abraham Verghese

One of our readers contacted us recently to let us know that not only did she have the rare opportunity to meet Cutting for Stone author Abraham Verghese this September, but she made great use of her Bookclub-in-a-Box guide to prepare for her one-on-one meeting. We couldn’t resist sharing her story with you.

By Judy Shuhendler

While I was packing my suitcase for my impending trip to visit my son, Adam, and my daughter-in-law, Karey, in Palo Alto, California, I received a totally unexpected and mind-boggling e-mail. I had to read it several times before the message registered with me: I was going to meet Abraham Verghese in person! (more…)

Our first Bookclub-in-a-Box podcast: Discussing Cutting for Stone

At Bookclub-in-a-Box, we already offer our discussion guides to you as print books, downloadable PDF files, and in some cases — with Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, for instance — as ebooks, available from Amazon, Kobo, and the iBooks store. And as if that weren’t enough, now you can download our free monthly podcast from iTunes!

For our first podcast, which you can also listen to below, we discussed Abraham Verghese’s Ethiopia-based literary masterpiece Cutting for Stone, getting into everything from from the plot to the historical background to the title’s meaning and the author’s inspiration. To subscribe to our podcast, find it in iTunes by searching for “Bookclub-in-a-Box.”

Stay tuned next month when we discuss Kathryn Stockett’s The Help! Leave your thoughts about either of these books in the comments below.

Click here to purchase the full-length Cutting for Stone discussion guide.