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PBS Local Book Club Chapter News

Friday, April 30th, 2010

New Local Chapter Leaders:

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS NIckname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills…check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.

More Great Book Recommendations…

Friday, April 30th, 2010

And check out these great books you may have missed! All of the books below are available for swapping right now:

Sleep Toward Heaven An intimate portrait of three women whose lives collide during a brutal Texas summer:  Karen Lowens, who awaits her execution with a host of convicted serial killers on death row; Dr. Franny Wren who is resisting the urge to run from her fiance and her carefully crafted life; and Celia Mills, a once-vibrant librarian, who mourns her murdered husband. It’s a luminous story of murder and desire, solitude and grace…  See other general fiction books currently available for swapping.

A Wicked Snow Hannah Griffin was a girl when tragedy struck on her family’s farm. She still remembers the flames reflected against the newly fallen snow and the bodies the police dug up—one of them her mother’s. It was the nation’s worst murder scene in decades and the killer was never found. Two decades later Hannah is a CSI investigating a case of child abuse when an anonymous message turns her blood cold: Your Mom called... Browse other Police Procedural mysteries currently available for swapping.

Stargirl.    From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.”  The students are enchanted.  At first.  Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different… In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.   See other Young Adult selections currently available for swapping.
Last Seen Alive Chyna Greer was sixteen when her best friend, Zoey, disappeared. The two girls shared a bond that was stronger than blood.  Chyna’s search for answers becomes a desperate race to uncover a chilling secret that strikes at the heart of everything she holds dear–and reveals the remorseless evil that has been hiding in plain sight… .   See other Thriller books currently available for swapping.

Where the Heart Is Seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. She’s about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwestern town – a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people who will come to love her more than she loves herself, and start her on a moving, warmhearted and unforgettable jourey  See other Oprah’s Book Club selections currently available for swapping.

Dear Librarian; Story Time with Soldiers, Wrapping Books Better

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Dear Librarian-  I am so thrilled to give to the Story Time with Soldiers program!  Why don’t you have a program to send books directly to the soldiers, though? I would love to give credits for that. – Patriot in Patalaska

Dear Pat,

We’d love to make that available!   Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to source the right type of books (our current sources are for children’s books) and the costs of buying books and shipping them overseas are just prohibitive.   We are working on it, though, and maybe someday we will have a solution.  In the meantime, folks who want to get books to soldiers can check out Books for Soldiers – they are doing a great job!

And thanks for giving to Story Time, Pat – we know that by doing that you have made a real difference in the lives of these children, who are truly our country’s littlest soldiers.

Dear Librarian –  I got a book that barely made it through the mail!  The packaging was hanging off the book and the sender used Scotch tape.  The wrapping job was appalling.  It is sheer luck that the book got to me and wasn’t lost or severely damaged.  How can we tell people to wrap better?   – Determined in Detroit

Dear Troy,

We have all that info in the Help Center about wrapping, and the information about not using Scotch tape right on the wrapper itself!  What you may not realize is that the package probably looked pretty good when it started its journey, but along the way the tape peeled off and the wrapper tore.  We can tell folks all day long in the Help Center (and we do) about wrapping, but nothing brings the message home like a helpful word from a member who actually got the book at the other end.  Just let this sender know that the USPS journey was tough on this wrapping, and that Scotch tape doesn’t hold up very well in general, and we bet that your advice will have more effect than a zillion reminders from us.

Please be gentle, if you do have to give feedback about wrapping to a sender.   Remember that the person was trying to get the book to you and was doing his or her best.  Even if it looks like their best was “appalling,” it probably did not start out that way, and if the sender knew that the wrapping would fall apart, he or she would have done better.  Give him or her a kind and positive helping hand to know how to do better next time.  It will make the club experience better for everyone – including the books!


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New Overstock Books available in the PBS Market!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

NEW overstock books are added to the Market every hour, so don’t forget to check often.  Remember that you can use a credit to make the discount on these bargain books even greater!  Available in The Market right now, these sure-to-be-new-favorites:

John: A Novel In the tradition of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent,  this is a stunning, lyrical reimagining of John the Apostle in the final years of his life, by the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Four Letters of Love. Niall Williams’s extraordinary and masterful novel reveals a universally appealing message of hope and love. See other historical fiction offerings currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $24.95

Purchase this NEW Hardcover for $6.49 (save 73%) or $3.09+1 credit (save 87%) from PBS Market

Tethered After surviving the car accident that killed Clara Marsh’s free-spirited mother, she was raised by a grandmother who beat her with a brush and tore out her hair. When Clara finally escapes her grandmother’s clutches, she enrolls in mortuary school and lands a job at a New England funeral home. She finds herself drawn to the cold case of “Precious Doe,” an unidentified teen found murdered in the nearby woods… Browse other Teen books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $24.00

Purchase this NEW Hardcover for $5.99 (save 75%) or $2.59+1 credit (save 89%) from PBS Market

Don’t Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World’s Greatest Chefs Over forty of the world’s greatest chefs relate outrageous true tales from their kitchens. From hiring a blind line cook to flooding the room with meringue to being terrorized by a French owl, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing.   See more books about Cooking, Food and Wine currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $24.95

Purchase this NEW Hardcover for $5.99 (save 75%) or $2.59+1 credit (save 89%) from PBS Market

Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression.  “I tell of a time, a place, and a way of life long gone. For many years I have had the urge to describe that treasure trove, lest it vanish forever…”   So begins Mildred Kalish’s story of growing up on her grandparents’ Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression.   See more Biographies and Memoirs, currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $22.00

Purchase this NEW Hardcover for $5.99 (save 72%) or $2.59+1 credit (save 88%) from PBS Market

The Blue Zone (Large Print). Kate Raab’s life seems almost perfect: her boyfriend, her job, her family . . . until her family’s placement in the Witness Protection Program. In a flash, everything Kate can count on is gone….   See the Large Print selections available in the Market now.

Retail Price: $25.95

Purchase this NEW Paperback for $5.99 (save 76%) or $2.59+1 credit (save 90%) from PBS Market

PBS News: MSN top 100, Shop Amazon, Gracious Granny Memorial

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

MSN.com thinks we’re tops! Not to brag or anything, but… PaperBackSwap made MSN.com’s top 100 most useful sites on the internet! MSN.com reporter Liz Pulliam Weston compiled her list of “top sites for finding deals and freebies, the best advice for tackling financial problems and tools to make your life simpler and easier.”  We agree that swapping is an easy, economical and green way to get books (and DVDs and CDs).   See the whole list.

Shop at Amazon?  We’ll hook you up. At the top of every page on the site now this familiar icon is there to remind you that any of your Amazon purchases will support PBS if you start on our site and get to Amazon that way.  If you are going over to Amazon to shop, just click the link at the top of the PaperBackSwap page, and support the club with any Amazon purchase you make (excluding e-books).  If you start at PBS and put items into your cart, they will “count” if and when you eventually buy them.   So start your shopping trip with us; every little bit helps!

Gracious is the word! Thanks to all of you who have donated to the Gracious-Granny memorial.   We all miss LeAnne, who was one of our wonderful Tour Guide Assistant Coordinators.  The family of LeAnne has chosen the recipient of the books – a very rural small school in Shamrock, Texas.  If you haven’t donated yet, be sure to drop by the page!  You can also check out the new photos of LeAnne and her family, and leave well-wishes for the family, there.

Club Member of the Month

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Melanie  D. (melanied)

So many members have written in to tell us about Melanie.  She’s been a member for nearly three years, and is a terrific Tour Guide. Even before she became a Tour Guide, she extended herself to offer help to others in Forums.  Her friendly voice has improved the bookswapping experience for many! Some of their comments:

“…she is always willing to help other members (both as a Tour Guide and in the forums) and comes up with helpful FRIENDLY advice, complete with Help Center references in order to better assist others!”

“…Her answers are…clear, concise, with the right info and right amt of detail. Please add my vote to your files on Melanie!”

“I was confused about how to cancel a swap and Melanie explained it all so it was easy!  Many thanks!”

Melanie, you have gone above and beyond to help others enjoy Paperbackswap.  You are our Member of the Month for April.  Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us here.  Your nomination will not “expire”–anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who’s helped you in the Forums, who’s been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows–one of them might be YOU!

Dear PBS Members,

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Happy Spring!

Things are blooming and the birds are singing; nature is coming back to life.   Time for spring-cleaning and yard cleanup, looking forward to outdoor fun with the family.   It’s a wonderful time of year.   And we have wonderful news to go with it!  We’ve been able to expand our donations program with a new program for military families.   We are happy to announce Story Time with Soldiers in co-operation with United Through Reading.

United Through Reading is a nonprofit organization devoted to uniting families by the simple yet important act of reading together.  Their military program, as featured on NBC Nightly News, focuses on families separated by military deployment.  How it works : Prior to deployment, soldiers read a storybook for their children while being videotaped. Then a DVD is sent to the family along with the book, and the family can watch the DVD and read the book with the children.  Through Story Time with Soldiers, Paperbackswap will be providing new children’s books for the soldiers to read aloud – every credit a member donates will get a book for this purpose!  You can also donate PBS Money to offset the cost of buying and shipping the new books.  Your donations can really make a difference in the lives of our military families as they protect and serve our country.   You can read more/donate here.

We hope that everyone is having a terrific Spring!
and the PaperBackSwap Team