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Calling All Book Clubs!

Welcome to Reading Group Central at The Overlook Press. Reading groups offer book lovers the opportunity to meet new people who share their interests, enjoy stimulating discussion about intriguing topics, and best of all, read great books! Whether your group is an intimate gathering organized with friends or a large event run by professionals, The Overlook Press is always happy to help you find the right book for your readers.

We have created the Overlook Reader's Guides to enhance your group's discussion of some of our favorite titles. They include a description of each book, sample questions, and discussion topics to focus and inspire thought in any reading group or book club.

Get started to by just clicking on the cover of the titles featured below. We'll be adding new titles frequently, so stay tuned. From brand-new releases to classic works from the past, we hope that your group will find something for everyone. And if you have a favorite Overlook book you'd like for your book club, drop us a line!

Don't forget to visit The Winged Elephant, blog of The Overlook Press, for contests, giveaways, and special offers for your book club!

True Grit by Charles Portis

Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost writers. True Grit, his most famous novel, was first published in 1968, and became the basis for the movie starring John Wayne and now the film by the Coen brothers starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.

True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.

True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true status, this is an American classic through and through.

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Best Friends Forever by Irene Levine
Available in Paperback


Written by journalist and psychologist Irene Levine, Ph.D., Best Friends Forever is an uplifting self-help book for women seeking solace during during a friendship breakup. Dr. Levine draws from the personal testimonials of thousands of women to provide anecdotes and groundbreaking solutions to these complicated situations. Offering tools for personal assessment, case stories, and actionable advice for saving, ending, or re-evaluating a relationship, Dr. Levine shows that breakups are sometimes inevitable.

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Enlightenment by Maureen Freely
Available in Paperback


An investigative journalist unravels the strange and politically-charged disappearance of an American woman who first came to Turkey in the 1960's in this tense and complex thriller.

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Repeat After Me by Rachel DeWoskin
Available in Paperback


Aysha is a twenty-two-year-old New Yorker putting the pieces of her life back in place after her parents divorce and her own nervous breakdown when a young Chinese student named Da Ge flips her world upside-down. In a love story that spans decades and continents, from the Tiananmen Square incident to 9/11, New York City s Upper West Side to the terraced mountains of South China, Repeat After Me gives readers an alternately funny and painful glimpse of life and loss in between languages.

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The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte by Laura Joh Rowland
Available in Paperback


Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of plagiarism, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte Bront sets off for London to clear her name. But when she unintentionally witnesses a murder, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a dangerous chain of events that forces her to confront demons from her past.

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The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
Available in Paperback


Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of plagiarism, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte Bront sets off for London to clear her name. But when she unintentionally witnesses a murder, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a dangerous chain of events that forces her to confront demons from her past.

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From Away by David Carkeet
Hardcover


Carkeet's first return to the mystery genre since Edgar-nominated Double Negative, From Away follows Denny Braintree, a wisecracking loner devoted to model trains, who finds himself stranded in late-winter Vermont. A mystery of mistaken identities, From Away is a brilliant comic novel that is also a finely wrought mystery.

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Double Negative by David Carkeet
Available in Paperback

In this Edgar Award-nominated mystery classic, a colleague suddenly turns up dead in the office of the genius linguist Jeremy Cook. Accusations fly at the Wabash Institute, the linguistics think tank where he works, and when a second body turns up, Cook must rely on his with to save himself.

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The Forever Marriage by Anne Bauer
Hardcover


Carmen wishes Jobe, the husband she never loved, dead --only to fall in love with him after he is gone. As she helps her three children grieve, she discovers, after a tryst with her most recent lover, that her own life may be in danger. Her emotions reeling, Carmen reflects on the fateful days of her youth that made her the person she has become: privileged suburban wife, unfaithful widow, mother of a child with Down syndrome, fierce friend. The Forever Marriage is at its heart a mystery, and the mystery is what, exactly, the nature of Carmen and Jobe's marriage might have been.

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