Summer Reading List 2016

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Memorial Day weekend may be widely regarded as the kickoff to summer, but we’ve been dreaming of those hot, lazy days for months now. Dreams of reading on the beach, reading by the pool, reading on the boat, reading in the hammock…the possibilities are endless! Fortunately, all you have to do is pick your reading spot and pour a cold drink. Bas Bleu has your reading list covered with our Summer 2016 issue, which is moseying its way to your mailbox right now.

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Read, White, and Bleu 2016: Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin

In January, we announced Bas Bleu would be hosting our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. We’ve narrowed your nominees down to six teams, and in the months leading up to Election Day in November, we’ll be presenting you with the candidates’ biographies, platform issues, and a schedule of campaign events.

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On Men’s Book Clubs

Many of Bas Bleu’s readers (and editors, too!) can list “avid book-club member” on our reading resumés. But whether your monthly meetings focus on the books themselves or the wine and conversation served alongside them, chances are good your book club is primarily (if not entirely) composed of women. That’s the statistical norm, it seems: According to the Pew Research Center, twice as many women than men are involved in book clubs or other literary groups.

But on May 4, an article in the Men’s Style section of the New York Times proclaimed “Men Have Book Clubs, Too,” and the online reading community promptly exploded. Continue reading

When Books Went to War: Q&A with Molly Guptill Manning

When Books Went to WarAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2016 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus material about our Bluestocking BAM selection to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Every day at Bas Bleu, we celebrate the extraordinary power of books to shape the lives of those who read them. So is it any wonder we fell in love the moment we read our May Book a Month selection, When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II? It’s the fascinating true story of the influence of books on the U.S. armed forces during World War II, and includes an inspiring account of the lengths the American government, local libraries, and private citizens went to provide inspiration, entertainment, and solace to our fighting forces. This week in the Bluestocking Salon, author Molly Guptill Manning explains how she uncovered this heartwarming story, what it teaches us about war that history textbooks can’t, and the novels she fell in love with along the way. Continue reading