Under The Covers and Reading

March 20, 2009

In which I try out B&N’s First Look Book Club

Filed under: Uncategorized — by underthecoversandreading @ 6:42 pm

I’m trying something new.  I’ve decided to see what all the fuss is about at Barnes & Noble’s First Look Online Book Club.  Their next title looks appealing to me– what’s not to love about Salem, witches, and historical fiction?  Remind me to say how much I hated The Lace Reader, but that’s a topic for another day.

I’m including the BN blurb introducing the April read written by the moderator, Maria.  I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes.  I’m fascinated by the whole on-line anonymous book club idea so I’ll blog about my experience here.  I’ll also give my review of the book. I think I’m due back online with them by March 30th.  I’ve already introduced myself online but I’ll be anxious to see how long it takes to GET the book and read it.  It took them @9 days to respond to my request to join and I clocked in soon after the title was announced.  I wonder how many folks get ARCs?  We’ll see!

In the meantime, Drood continues to thrill me. 🙂

Katherine Howe and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Title: The Physick Book of Deliverance

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key secreted within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest to find out who this woman was, and to unearth a rare colonial artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge of herbs and other, stranger things. As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past then she could have ever imagined.

About Katherine Howe:

Katherine Howe is completing a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies, and is a descendant of Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the Salem witch trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not. The idea for this novel developed while Howe was studying for her doctoral qualifying exams, and walking her dog through the woods between Marblehead and Salem. She lives in Massachusetts, with her husband.


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