February Book a Month: Glimpses of the Moon

GlimpsesoftheMoonAs part of our 2014 Book a Month program, we’re offering discussion questions about each month’s featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Saving the best for last? Edmund Crispin wrote our February selection, Glimpses of the Moon, a jaw-dropping twenty-six years after The Long Divorce, which until that point had capped his series starring the delightfully smug, compulsively quipping, crime-obsessed Professor Gervase Fen. Continue reading

January Book a Month: The Girls of Atomic City

GirlsofAtomicCityIn Bas Bleu’s Holiday 2013 catalog, we debuted our 2014 Book a Month series, an eclectic collection of twelve carefully selected titles for discerning readers. Each month here in the Bluestocking Salon, we’ll offer discussion questions about the featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Our January selection is The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan. Bas Bleu reviewer KG tells us why she devoured this fascinating book:

I grew up in east Tennessee, about a hundred miles south of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. My grandparents hailed from a tiny town just down the road from where the Clinton Engineer Works (CEW) was built. Yet for most of my life I’ve known little about the place other than that it played a crucial role in the development of the atomic bomb. Not only did Denise’s book provide a ‘local’ with an in-depth look into the history of the place, it gave me an inkling of what must have been a tremendous upheaval for my grandparents’ native community. Continue reading

A Book a Month for 2014

We’ve long believed that books make the best gifts…so we figured there couldn’t be a more perfect present than a whole year full of books! In our Holiday 2013 catalog, we launched our inaugural Book a Month program, which allows you to treat your favorite bibliophile—or yourself (you deserve it!)—to an eclectic collection of books for bluestockings. We’ve carefully chosen a top-notch mix of fiction and nonfiction, sure to please all kinds of bookworms.

Here’s how it works: Continue reading