Fall Book Club Sweepstakes!!

We know it’s only August, but for those of you who like to plan ahead, Simon & Schuster Canada is giving you the opportunity to win 10 copies of the book of your choice from the titles below and a cheese basket for your first book club meeting of the season!

Click here to enter!

First place wins 10 copies of their book of choice and a cheese basket. Second and third place winners will receive 10 copies of their book of choice.

What better way to kick off your book club season than with good books and yummy treats!

For reading group guides, author videos and more info click on the titles. The Memory Palace, Wildflower Hill, The Red Queen, Left Neglected, The Hundred-Foot Journey, The Distant Hours, A Mountain of Crumbs

I’m over it!

Shirley MacLaine is one of the most recognized and admired Hollywood actresses (Steel Magnolias is still one of my favorite movies EVER! Who can forget Shirley as the fiery and cynical character Ouiser!), and undeniably one of the most fearless. Whatever the topic –show business, aging, politics, family, or the future of mankind and the universe– Shirley has never shied away from sharing opinions that are as fascinating as they are honest.

In I’m Over All That, her first collection of essays, Shirley shares her insights on all the things that drive her crazy, inspire her to action, and keep her firmly in the public eye. The pithy, perfectly formed essays include:

  • I’m Over Being Concerned About What I Shouldn’t Do
  • I Am Over Being Polite to Boring People
  • Aging in Hollywood?!? Get Over It!
  • Can’t Remember if I’m Over Memory Loss
  • I’m Trying to Get Over Anger
  • Sex Got Over Me

Along the way, she recalls stories of some of the true greats she has known—Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, the two Jacks (Lemmon and Nicholson)—and ruminates on the state of Hollywood past and present. She recollects her relationships and romances with politicians (including two prime ministers), scientists, journalists, and costars.

I’m Over All That is MacLaine at her acerbic and irreverent best.

Take a look inside the book

MacLaine will appear on Oprah for the full hour on April 11th, The Today Show on April 12th and The View on April 15th.

Leave a comment about what you’re over below, then send your name and mailing address to audrey@simonandschuster.ca with the subject line Over It! and you could win a copy of I’m Over All That. Contest closes April 15th. Cnd addresses only.

I’m Over All That is in stores April 5th.

Skipping a Beat

Sarah Pekkanen, author of Opposite of Me, returns with her second novel Skipping a Beat.

What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship?

Julia and Michael meet in high school in their small, poverty-stricken West Virginia hometown. Both products of difficult childhoods they find a sense of safety and mutual understanding in each other. Shortly after graduation they flee West Virgina to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarefied life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. From the outside it all looks perfect–Julia has become a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has launched a wildly successful flavored water company that he sold for $70 million.

But then one day Michael stands up at the head of the table in his company’s boardroom and silently crashes to the floor. More than four minutes later, a portable defibrillator manages to jump-start his heart. Yet what happened to Michael during those lost minutes forever changes him. Money is meaningless to him now–and he wants to give it all away to charity. A prenuptial agreement that Julia insisted upon back when Michael’s company was still struggling means she has no claim to his fortune, and now she must decide: should she walk away from the man she once adored, but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before his near-death experience – or should she give in to her husband’s pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?

Read the first chapter

Visit the author’s website

What would you do if you were in Julia’s shoes? Comment below, then send your name and mailing addresss to audrey@simonandschuster.ca with the subject line Pekkanen and you could win a copy of Skipping a Beat! Contest closes March 22nd.

The Panic Virus

Seth Mnookin’s upcoming book The Panic Virus couldn’t deal with more timely subject matter. The book discusses how vaccine opponents have used the media to spread their message of panic regarding the link between autism and vaccination, despite no scientific evidence to support them.

In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist with a history of self-promotion, published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and, in the process, helped to launch one of the most devastating health scares ever. In the years to come Wakefield would be revealed as a profiteer in league with class-action lawyers, and he would eventually lose his medical license. Meanwhile one study after another failed to find any link between childhood vaccines and autism.

However, just this week, the British study that linked autism to vaccines has been found to be a fraud.

Yet the myth that vaccines somehow cause developmental disorders lives on. Despite the lack of corroborating evidence, it has been popularized by media personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Jenny McCarthy and legitimized by journalists who claim that they are just being fair to “both sides” of an issue about which there is little debate. Meanwhile millions of dollars have been diverted from potential breakthroughs in autism research, families have spent their savings on ineffective “miracle cures,” and declining vaccination rates have led to outbreaks of deadly illnesses like Hib, measles, and whooping-cough. Most tragic of all is the increasing number of children dying from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Read an excerpt here.

The Panic Virus is in stores January 11th.

Why weight?

Simon and Schuster has two new books that can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

First off is Geneen Roth’s Women, Food, and God. If you suffer about your relationship with food — you eat too much or too little, think about what you will eat constantly or try not to think about it at all — you can be free. Geneen’s basic concept is that the way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. But it doesn’t stop there. Geneen shows how going beyond both the food and feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul to the bright center of your own life.

Check out Geneen’s fantastic interview with Oprah in O Magazine.

Visit the author’s website.

And on a different note is a book featuring the updated diet that has helped millions shed their excess pounds. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Atkins, think again. In The New Atkins for a New You, the Atkins plan is totally updated and easier than ever! Powerful, flexible, healthy, and backed by science, you’ll find out why Atkins is more than just a diet–it is a healthy lifestyle plan that will help you keep the weight off for good!

Browse inside the book.

Learn more at www.atkins.com