Thursday, July 8, 2010

Message from Kathy Patrick and Official book List for 2010

Thought you would be interested in seeing the rest of the official book list for 2010 although we have selected all our books for the year.  I have highlighted those in red.   Kay

Dear Readers,
On this page you will find all my Official Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Book Club Selection authors and their books listed. I also have listed my Official Splinters Book Club Selection authors, Splinters books are for those recommended for high school and up and listed are the Official PineconesBook Club Selection authors. Pinecones are for junior high school age and down.
Great thought goes into each book I select for Official Book Club Selections. Here is the criteria for book club selection!

1) First, I have to have read the book! Most of these books are sent to me by the authors themselves, a family member or friend, or a publicist. Send a book for review to:
Beauty and the Book
608 North Polk Street
Jefferson, Texas 75657
I check out all books personally that are sent to me but due to massive amount of books, I cannot return the book to you.

2) The book must be well written. It does not matter to me if it is self-published or published by one of the major publishing houses, or somewhere in between, but if it has not been properly edited, sorry, I will have to pass.

3) The story must be from a viewpoint that I have not heard before, a good example is "The Sunday Wife" by Cassandra King. This story was written from the view of a minister's wife. Growing up right next door of the parsonage of my church, I felt that the minister's wife never really had a voice, I found that book fascinating and subject for discussion which brings me to my next point of criteria.

4) The book must be discussable. I read a lot of books that are great books, uplifting stories that make me happy, to books that give great information, such as cookbooks. But if there is not a conflict or a story to discuss, I'll save those great reads to be featured more at perhaps the two book festivals I run. The twelve books of the year that I select must be ones that's story lends itself for discussion because unless you have a conflict, not much to say about a book at a book club meeting other than, "We loved it!" I have found the best books to discuss are often times the ones that certain book club members hate. The meetings get really lively!

5) I love to select books from first time authors or authors who perhaps have never really received the proper attention for their book or books. Somebody has to champion the first time author and I get a big thrill from discovering those authors who a good deal of the time go on to super stardom. Some of those books that we have selected that have are: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, oh, I could go on and on.

The TWELVE books of the each month, are the mandatory books to read each month. The BONUS Book Club Selections are for our voracious readers, those book club members who cannot get enough books to read each month. They are also the books of all authors that come to visit my shop, for author events, or our book festivals.

Each year, no later than December 15, each chapter votes individually for their Pulpwood Queen Book of the Year, (voting from 12 books listed), Pulpwood Queen BONUS Book of the Year, (of the Bonus books listed), for Pulpwood Queens Splinters Book of the Year, and Pulpwood Queens Pinecones Book of the Year. The winners of these categories are announced at our annual book club convention, Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza, this coming year, January 13 - 16, 2011!

And to help get our Official Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Book Club Selections get the word out in a really big way, I now post The Pulpwood Queens' TOP TWENTY BESTSELLING Books based on the sales from my Hair Salon/Book Store, Beauty and the Book, see May 2010 list below.

Perhaps, you too will join our book loving party and crown yourself Queen or King! We are dead serious when it comes to authors, books, literacy, and reading but we at the same time believe that, if it's not BIG TIME FUN, we aren't doing it!
For more on joining The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys, please go to our Official website, and click on Pulpwood Queens! Email me any questions at and I will be more than happy to help you!
Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Pulpwood Queens!

Tiara wearing and Book sharing,
Kathy L. Patrick
Founder of the Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Clubs, the largest "meeting and discussing" book club in the WORLD!
"where tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the RULE!"

Official 2010 Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Book Club Selections
January – The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells
Bonus - Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

What Difference Do It Make? By Ron Hall, Denver Moore, & Lynn Vincent
Splinters – The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander
Pinecones – Poppy's Pants by Melissa Conroy

February – The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Town that Raised Them
Bonus - Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz
Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
Splinters - The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
Pinecones: Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

March – The Lakota Way by Joseph Marshall III
Bonus – Do-Over by Robin Hemley
Splinters: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Pinecones: The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

April – The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Bonus - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kampkamba with Bryan Mealor
Splinters – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Pinecones: The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass

May – Spoon: A Novel by Robert Greer
Bonus – Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Splinters – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvader
Pinecones – The of Nicodemus Annie by Angela Bates

June – Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Bonus – The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Seeds: A Memoir by Sasha Vukelja, M.D.
Splinters – Eli the Good by Silas House
Pinecones – Jenny & the Cat Club by Jenny Linsky
Or Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen

July – The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel
Bonus – Man of the House by Ad Hudler
In Pursuit of Other Interests: A Novel by Jim Kokoris
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker
Splinters - Outcasts United by Warren St. John
Pinecones – Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt

August – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Bonus – Not Between Brothers: An Epic Novel of Texas by David Marion Wilkinson
The Year Before the Flood by Ned Sublette
Yazoo Blues by John Pritchard
Splinters – Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper or A Cat Named Squeeky by Vic Reskovic
Pinecones – Dewey: There's a Cat in My Library by Vicki Myron

September – The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees
Bonus – Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins
Splinters – The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
Pinecones – Keeper by Kathi Appelt

October – Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Bonus - My Name is Mary Sutter: A Novel by Robin Oliveira
A Separate Country by Robert Hicks
Pinecones – Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Splinters – 13 Words by Lemony Snicket

November – My Orange Duffel Bag by Sam Bracken with Echo Garrett
Bonus – The Pirate Queen – Patricia Hickman
Walking in the Deep End by Susan Parker
The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen
Splinters – Chasing Lilacs – Carla Stewart
Pinecones – The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

December – The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Bonus – The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove:A Novel by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Burning Bright by Ron Rash
Splinters – The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
Pinecones – Alabama Moon by Walt Key