January Book Club Selection

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We’re back! And we hope the last few weeks have been as restful and restorative for you as they have been for us. We read. We napped. We baked lots of ridiculously fattening goodies with sticky-fingered little people. And as glorious as our time off has been, the entire She Reads team is ready to get back to business. We’re craving structure. We’re eager to introduce you to some amazing novels this year. And with all the coming book-love we have a few surprises as well. We’re redesigning our website from the ground up. A bit of the design is on display today but there’s much more on the way. All of these changes will help us better serve YOU.

So without further ado, let us step into a new year of books…

Our first book club pick of 2014 became known around our (virtual) office as “the book that got away.” We first read LOVE WATER MEMORY by Jennie Shortridge in April of last year. And we loved it. But our selections had already been chosen for the next six months. So we invited Jennie to write a guest post and we set the novel aside with deep regret. That happens sometimes, I’m afraid. So many beautiful novels, so little time. Yet it was one of those novels that we kept thinking about. A traumatized woman. A secret buried within the folds of her unreliable memory. A man desperate to hold onto her, even as she slips away. And above all, the tender hope of second chances and genuine healing. There was nothing neat and tidy about this novel. It was real and gritty and beautiful. We walked with Lucie and Grady through every aching, authentic step of their journey. So we are jumping at the opportunity to choose it as our January book club selection. Newly released in paperback, we are confident that you will find LOVE WATER MEMORY not only as delightful and compelling as we did, but also the perfect book to begin 2014–the year of epic reading.

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* * * Love Water Memory

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose him?

At age thirty-nine, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.

Add LOVE WATER MEMORY to your Goodreads to-read list.

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Jennie Shortridge

Jennie Shortridge

Seattle author Jennie Shortridge’s latest novel, LOVE WATER MEMORY, released in April 2013. She has published four other acclaimed novels: WHEN SHE FLEWLOVE AND BIOLOGY AT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSEEATING HEAVEN, and RIDING WITH THE QUEEN. Her nonfiction work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, and her one-and-only published short story, “Simpatico,” launched her novel writing career in 1997. When not writing, teaching writers workshops, or volunteering, Jennie stays busy as a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a collective of authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects and to raising awareness of Northwest literature. In her previous lives she has been a plumber, a cook, and a working musician. No, she cannot fix your toilet, but she is hard at work on her next novel. 

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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68 Responses to January Book Club Selection

  1. Denyalle January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a very intriguing book, definitely added to my never-ending to read list!

  2. Susan S January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I love all the books you recommend. So many I wouldn’t have heard of if not for She Reads. Thanks!

  3. Cori January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Welcome back! Thanks for another great book to add to my list.

  4. Michelle January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Already on my to read list. Happy New Year!

  5. Melanie Backus January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I am intrigued by this one. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  6. Tracy January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I always love the books you choose, but they rarely carry them at my local library. This sounds like a great one!

  7. laurielyn January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    this book sounds very interesting. I will add it to my read list for sure.

  8. Paula January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great – thanks for a chance to win!

  9. Margaret January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I love a good mystery and this looks like a good one.

  10. Sabrina January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a really good read! Would love to win a copy.

  11. Sherri January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like an amazing book. I hope I win a copy!!

  12. Linda in Maryville January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a great read! Looking forward to viewing the new look too.

  13. Carol January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to win something! Love reading!

  14. Cindy January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds great! Would love to win!

  15. Tasha Seegmiller January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like such a great book. I added it to my to read list as soon as I heard about it. Can’t wait to get to it!

  16. Beth January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This REALLY sounds like a great book! Can’t wait to read it!

  17. Debbie D January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This book has been on my “want to read” list for a long time! Would love to win it to spur me into reading it! :)

  18. Evelyn H January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!

  19. Janet K January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like you picked another good one!

  20. Rhonda January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Love the new look !book selection sounds perfect.

  21. Marla J. January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win…..

  22. Marie January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds fabulous. I’d seen this book before, but almost didn’t recognize it with the new cover!

  23. casey January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I’m intrigued. I’ve never read with you all!

  24. Micki January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I’m intrigued! Would love to read this book.

  25. michelle h January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    looks like another great read, can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  26. Leslie January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book – can’t wait to read it!

  27. Joyce Elling January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds fascinating. Since I live in the Northwest, I like to read my local authors. I look forward to reading this one!

  28. Georgia Herod January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    So many books, so little time. For a long winter’s hibernation, this novel sounds like it’s the one!

  29. Kathleen Basi January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    A review like this definitely makes me want to read it. Count me in!

  30. Jennifer Huelsebusch January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a fantastic read!!!

  31. Valerie Doherty January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you! Happy New Year.

  32. Mary Beth January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This novel sounds fascinating – I love a mystery! Definitely want to read it.

  33. Kris Jackson January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Really looking forward to getting into this book!

  34. Bonnie K. January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I love a mystery. This book intrigues me. I’m adding to my wish list.

  35. Stacie January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Such an intriguing book. As a PNW transplant myself, I love books that are set in our new home.

  36. Kerry January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great book! Added to my list…

  37. Nancyr January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds fascinating! I’d love to win it

  38. Nise' January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This book is sitting on my stacks! Will read it in January.

  39. Gwyn January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow, I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the suggestion.

  40. Diana January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Adding the to the top of my TBR pile.

  41. Stacey LaPorte January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I find the books suggested here so good, so inpirational and different from my usual genre!

  42. Mary R - Spring Valley January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like the perfect story to start your year with. I would love to receive this book and be introduced to Jennie Shortridge’s work.

  43. Suzy January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    The book sounds absolutely wonderful. Thank you…

  44. Becky January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds great- thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Stephanie January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to win a copy of this book and start the new year by joining a book club. The book sounds interesting and seems like a page turner I will have trouble putting down! Thanks for the suggestion and introducing me to a new author to add to my list:) Happy New Year to all!

  46. leanne January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great read! I want to read it and recommend it for my book club!

  47. Ariel Price January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I LOVE the new look of the site!

  48. malina January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Excited for the new year off book club reads.

  49. Kimberley Ketterman January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I am looking forward to reading this book. It would be great to win a copy in this giveaway! Thank you…

  50. Judy January 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I am looking forward to reading Love Water Memory!

  51. Michele January 7, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I personally @ a few crossroads in my life. However I do remember all of them! I think we choose books based on what we are going through @ the time in our own lives. We are looking for answers, inventive ways to start or end things. Not sure what I am looking for, this book said “read me”. So, please, make the book and I both happy and introduce us!!!
    Thanks!

  52. Candee January 7, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the chance to win! I’ll recommend this to my book club in a couple weeks.

  53. Annie Hudson January 7, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I just found the January announcement for the January book club selection. I read reviews on this book, and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for choosing books with substance and books that help us to search inside ourselves and grow.

    As a high school teacher, I don’t have much time to read many books during the winter months. But this is a book that I would love and will make time to read and recommend to my students and our book club!

    Thanks for the opportunity to read this book!

  54. Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie January 7, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds amazing as well! Once again, great giveaway! Thanks!

  55. Tara January 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great book club read for my group. I’d love to win.

  56. Colleen Turner January 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  57. Terry January 8, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I’m new to SHE READS. Learned about thru Hedgebrook and look forward to reading recommendations!

  58. Cammi Hevener January 8, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Ready to start the New Year with a good book!

  59. Alice McGhee January 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading Jennie’s new book.

  60. Audra January 9, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I am so glad I didn’t delete this email! This book looks amazing. Adding to my list to get right now!

  61. Karen L. January 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    My daughter recommended this book to me. She and I share a need to read. I hope one of us wins it so we can both read it.

  62. Christine January 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds so interesting!

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