Book of the Week: My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding by Wendy Wax

I met Wendy several years ago when she agreed to come for the best book club my neighborhood group ever had!

She has a new book coming out this month and I was lucky enough to be on her list for a pre released copy!  I started it yesterday and am LOVING it!  

In My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding, due out May 14, a wedding dress passed down through generations unravels the tangled threads of three women’s lives in a novel of friendship, family and forgiveness. … Read More »

The Ink Penn’s Books of the Week: Meet the authors who will be at Lemonade Days (Part 2)

by Kathy Manos Penn (The Ink Penn) for The Aha! Connection

Get acquainted with more of our local authors whose books will be available at the Local Authors Bookstore April 27-28. Imagine finding all the books you need for your summer reading without ever visiting Amazon.  

Peter Bein is the author of the memoir, “Maxwell’s Suitcase.” When Peter discovered a hidden suitcase, concealed for forty years in his Brooklyn home, it compelled him to make an appointment with his past, and he has taken a decade-long spiritual journey to find his way home.… Read More »

The Ink Penn’s Books of the Week: Meet the authors who will be at Lemonade Days

by Kathy Manos Penn (The Ink Penn) for The Aha! Connection

This week and next, I’ll highlight authors whose books you’ll find in the Local Authors Book Store at the April Lemonade Days Festival. Here in Dunwoody, this booth is the closest you can get to an independent book shop, and it’s only open for two days—April 27 & 28.… Read More »

Book of the Week: My rec plus tons of Aha! Subscriber Recommendations too!

I chose Where the Crawdads Sing as our “book of the week” last October.  I have since verbally recommended this book over and over and over again but just realized that I never WROTE about how much I loved it after reading it.   This book is one of my favorite books EVER!  After learning about it,  both my Aunt and my mother-in-law chose it for their book clubs. … Read More »

Book of the Week: Educated

This is my Meadowlake book club’s April choice.  I haven’t read it yet but here’s what Amazon has to say:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post O: The Oprah MagazineTime • NPR • Good Morning America San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian The Economist Financial TimesNewsdayNew York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal Simple Town & CountryBustlePastePublishers WeeklyLibrary JournalLibraryReadsBookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom.… Read More »

Books of the Week: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

My 11th grader’s ACT Tutor (Brad Daniell) recommended that my son choose a book from this list of 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers.   They plan to read it together and discuss….much like a book club for just the two of them.   The goal:   increase his ACT reading category score.  

Everyone who knows me, understands that I’m a book lover.  … Read More »

Book of the Week: (FIVE FEET APART)

Friday I watched the trailer for this week’s movie giveaway and thought to myself:  “I bet this book was good!”   On Saturday, I found myself meandering through Barnes and Noble and ran across the book.   I bought it, went home, sat in the gorgeous Saturday warm sunshine,  and commenced reading.   My husband MADE me put it down to leave for the Dunwoody Varsity baseball game. … Read More »

Book of the Week: Unstoppable: Step into Your Purpose, Run Your Race, Embrace the Future

I’m in a Christian women’s group studying this book together.  I’ve just finished chapter 5 and decided I needed to share the book as our book of the week.   We are reading one chapter per week but I’m having a hard time reading one chapter then stopping and waiting until the next week.  I have the actual paperback book AND the audio version.  … Read More »

Book of the Week: Originals by Adam Grant

I haven’t read this but it is the March choice for my neighborhood book club and Heather always chooses interesting books! 

The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B


Book of the Week: This is the Day by Tim Tebow

Click here to see why I chose this book!   Amazon says this:  Beyond Tim Tebow’s exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel “stuck”–unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams.Read More »

Audra’s Take on Tim Tebow’s Super Bowl Message

By Audra H Anders for The Aha! Connection

When I mentioned last week that Tim Tebow coming to Passion City Church was one of my top three fave things about the Super Bowl coming to town, I had no idea how many people would notice and reach out to me.   I saw SEVERAL people I knew at the 9:15 AM Sunday service and countless others have contacted me to ask how it was.  … Read More »

Book of the Week: The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

I’m so glad to be in the middle of a group  studying this book together.  I just finished Chapter 3 and am fascinated and prayerful that it will help me become healthier!

Here’s what Amazon has to say:

Revolutionize Your Health …

Once and for All

During an afternoon of baptizing over 800 people, Pastor Rick Warren realized it was time for change.… Read More »

Books of the Week: The Secret of Clouds, Good Riddance, and The Lost Girls of Paris

The authors of The Secret of Clouds, Good Riddance, and The Lost Girls of Paris will be coming to Dunwoody in February so start reading now and then buy tickets to go see them in person!




A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA is pleased to present two author events in February. The first features bestselling author Elinor Lipman on Wed, February 13 at 7:30 pm, and will be in conversation with Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author.… Read More »