Archive for March 2011

The Most Wanted List Heats Up

While erotica titles have made an occasional appearance on the BookLending.com 25 Most Wanted list of most-requested books from time to time, this week saw not one, not two, not three, but FOUR erotica titles make the cut! These books are marked with a “NSFW” (not safe for work) in the list below.

The BookLending.com 25 Most Wanted

Week of March 14, 2011

1. Water for Elephants (mass market e-book) by Sara Gruen

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

4. Freedom: A Novel (Oprah’s Book Club) by Jonathan Franzen

5. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

6. Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1) by Amanda Hocking

7. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

8. The List by J.A. Konrath, Jack Kilbor

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

10. [NSFW] Magical Ménage by Crissy Smith

11. Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, #3) by Amanda Hocking

12. Saving Rachel (A Donovan Creed Crime Novel) by John Locke

13. [NSFW] Highland Dragon by Kimberly Killion

14. [NSFW]Lord Ruin (Sexy Regency Historical Romance) by Carolyn Jewel

15. Silent Tears: A Journey Of Hope In A Chinese Orphanage (AmazonEncore Edition) by Kay Bratt

16. [NSFW] Down and Dirty by Desiree Holt

17. Torn (Trylle Trilogy, #2) by Amanda Hocking

18. Hex Hall Book One by Rachel Hawkins

19. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

20. Highland Barbarian by Hannah Howell

21. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

22. Twice Upon A Time by Emilie Richards

23. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

24. Calling Home by Janna McMahan

25. KILLER by Stephen Carpenter

Meet the Author Podcast: Cathy Sultan, Author of “A Beirut Heart”

Cathy Sultan is an American woman raised in DC who ended up living and raising her family in Beirut in the 70s and 80s, including spending eight years during the cival war that began in 1975. She wrote a memoir about her experience, A Beirut Heart. Cathy writes:

“For six years I led the life of my dreams. My home was a rooftop apartment with a terrace full of flowers and a breathtaking view of the city. I was accepted and loved as a Lebanese. My husband had a successful medical practice and my children were growing up speaking English, French and Arabic.

But in April 1975, my life was abruptly turned upside down. On a quiet Sunday afternoon, the Christian Phalange militia attacked a bus full of Palestinians in a neighborhood not far from mine in East Beirut. This singular incident set off an infamous civil war that eventually engulfed the whole city. My tranquil treelined street, a block off Damascus Road and two blocks from the National Museum, became a deadly territorial divide: the infamous Green Line, separating East from West Beirut. Despite the constant danger, my feelings for my lover-city were slow to change. Instead of fleeing, my love affair with Beirut clouded my otherwise clear judgement and we stayed through the first eight years of Lebanon’s bloody civil war.

I spent my days caring for my family, racing under the bombs to rescue my children from school and comforting my physician husband who spent his days treating wounded civilians. I kept my sanity during the war in large part because I loved to cook. I entertained family and friends constantly, trying as much as possible to incorporate some normalcy into our lives. Little by little I acquired the coping skills necessary to resist and survive in the absurd dysfunction of war. Eventually, though, war took a huge toll on my family and in 1983 we abandoned our beloved Beirut and returned to the States.

It took a number of years for all of us to regain our sanity. And it wasn’t until when my son, by then a junior at Harvard, asked me to record our adventures in Beirut that I began to think about writing my story. What began as a project for my children quickly became my way to mourn the loss of my beloved Beirut. Another reason had to do with the attitude of people I met when my husband and I settled down in the mid-West. They seemingly could not relate to my war stories and quickly became disinterested. This painful experience was the impetus that stimulated me to write, to pour my heart out, to clease my soul of the traumas of war. A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War is a memoir of my fourteen years in Beirut.”

Cathy is a remarkable woman with a remarkable story. When I talked with her, we discussed:

A Beirut Heart – Cathy’s story, a tribute to women living in war;

How Cathy came to live in Beirut as a young American mother in 1969;

Cathy’s book, Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006;

The civilian experience of the war in Beirut and the struggle to maintain some sort of normalcy;

The difficulty of re-entering the “normal world” of the United States in 1983;

The development of empathy through a common experience;

What the individual do to understand conflict in the Middle East;

How conflict traps the least privileged and the plight of refugees from Libya;

Whether the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt will result in a better reality for ordinary people;

The Internet and social media in the current protests and revolutions in the Arab world;

Cathy’s work with the National Peace Foundation to give voice to the voiceless;

Cathy’s work in progress, her first novel;

Cathy’s book, Israeli and Palestinian Voices;

What ordinary Americans and Canadians can do to promote peace in the Middle East;

Cathy and her family’s Beirut reunions and the beauty and challenges of a rebuilt Beirut.

Links and Resources:

Cathy Sultan’s website

The National Peace Foundation

The BookLending.com 25 Most Wanted, Week of March 7

1. Water for Elephants (mass market e-book) by Sara Gruen

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

4. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

5. Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1) by Amanda Hocking

6. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

7. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

8. Poke the Box by Seth Godin

9. Freedom: A Novel (Oprah’s Book Club) by Jonathan Franzen

10. Secrets of Eden by Leslie DuBois

11. Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov

12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

13. Saving Rachel (A Donovan Creed Crime Novel) by John Locke

14. Water for Elephants : A WikiFocus Book (WikiFocus Book Series) by George Andersen

15. Facebook (The Social Network) by Stevie Thompson

16. Torn (Trylle Trilogy, #2) by Amanda Hocking

17. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

18. Wild Conquest by Hannah Howell

19. The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

20. According To Jane by Marilyn Brant

21. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

22. Called: “Hello, My Name is Mrs. Jefferson, I Understand Your Plane is Being Hijacked?” by Lisa Jefferson, Felicia Middlebrooks

23. Winter Garden: Enhanced Special Edition by Kristin Hannah

24. The Corrections: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen

25. The Cruelest Cut by Rick Reed