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Book of the Month Selection Time for March + $10 Coupon!

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The March selections for Book of the Month have been released! (Subscribers can add up to 2 additional books for $9.99)

If you haven’t signed up for Book of the Month yet, use invite code BOOK10 to save $10 off of a 3-month subscription, bringing the cost down to $34.97 ($11.65 a box). If you sign up now, your first month will be for the March selections!

Subscribers can now pick out their book for March:

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All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage – Retail Value $26.95 (On Amazon for $18.36)

Book Summary from Amazon:

A dark, riveting, beautifully written book—by “a brilliant novelist,” according to Richard Bausch—that combines noir and the gothic in a story about two families entwined in their own unhappiness, with, at its heart, a gruesome and unsolved murder

Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife killed and their three-year-old daughter alone—for how many hours?—in her room across the hall. He had recently, begrudgingly, taken a position at a nearby private college (far too expensive for local kids to attend) teaching art history, and moved his family into a tight-knit, impoverished town that has lately been discovered by wealthy outsiders in search of a rural idyll.

George is of course the immediate suspect—the question of his guilt echoing in a story shot through with secrets both personal and professional. While his parents rescue him from suspicion, a persistent cop is stymied at every turn in proving Clare a heartless murderer. And three teenage brothers (orphaned by tragic circumstances) find themselves entangled in this mystery, not least because the Clares had moved into their childhood home, a once-thriving dairy farm. The pall of death is ongoing, and relentless; behind one crime there are others, and more than twenty years will pass before a hard kind of justice is finally served.

A rich and complex portrait of a psychopath and a marriage, this is also an astute study of the various taints that can scar very different families, and even an entire community. Elizabeth Brundage is an essential talent who has given us a true modern classic.

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The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami – Retail Value $15.95 (On Amazon for $9.49)

Book Summary from Amazon:


A New York Times Notable Book
A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the Year
An NPR Great Read of 2014
A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year

In these pages, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida. Within a year, Estebanico is one of only four crew members to survive.
As he journeys across America with his Spanish companions, the Old World roles of slave and master fall away, and Estebanico remakes himself as an equal, a healer, and a remarkable storyteller. His tale illuminates the ways in which our narratives can transmigrate into history—and how storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival.

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The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World by Sally Denton – Retail Value $30 (On Amazon for $19.23)

Book Summary from Amazon:

From the bestselling coauthor of The Money and the Power (which the Los Angeles Times called “one of the most important nonfiction books published in a half century”)—the inside story of the Bechtel family and the empire they’ve controlled since the construction of the Hoover Dam.

The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a classic American business story. It begins with Warren A. “Dad” Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to “build the world,” from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha, to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe, to mining and energy operations around the globe.

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A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard – Retail Value $25 (On Amazon for $15.62)

Book Summary from Amazon:

A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe.

In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life—his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm—one of blood, violence, and amazing grace.

Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people’s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”

Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery—a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.

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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee – Retail Value $28 (On Amazon for $19.01)

Book summary from Amazon:

Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer’s chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all.

As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris. In order to survive, she transformed herself from hippodrome rider to courtesan, from empress’s maid to debut singer, all the while weaving a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue.

Featuring a cast of characters drawn from history, The Queen of the Night follows Lilliet as she moves ever closer to the truth behind the mysterious opera and the role that could secure her reputation — or destroy her with the secrets it reveals.

If you haven’t signed up for Book of the Month yet, use invite code BOOK10 to save $10 off of a 3-month subscription, bringing the cost down to $34.97 ($11.65 a box). If you sign up now, your first month will be for the March selections!

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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  1. The Moor’s Account sounds interesting but it’s already in paperback, so I’ll buy it from a bookstore for less than $10. I’m having a hard time choosing between the others!

  2. I always swap my books as I usually don’t feel a need to keep them unless I have a friend or family member that I think would enjoy it. Sometimes I also get additional books at the library so I don’t have to pay extra for a second book. You have a wait a bit sometimes if it’s on hold but I am kept busy already by the one I get per month.

  3. Does anyone ever swap books on here? Otherwise I would be the lady that lives with all of her beauty sub boxes AND books!?!

    • I have swapped for books on MSA before. People usually post them after they read them or in the case of boxes like owlcrate post them if it was not to their taste.

      As for the books I get they usually make the loop through all of my friends and the office – then I just donate them.

  4. When the Queen of the Night spoiler came out I was like perfect already done this will be the book I get. But a Thousand Naked Strangers keeps speaking to me. I think I may just have to get two books this month!

  5. Are these “book club (aka cheaper) editions” or are they exactly the same as what you’d get on Amazon or B&N? I’m really tempted to give this sub a try, but don’t want to end up with cheaper quality books.

    • They are exactly the same as what is at the store. Hardback editions. I have been getting this about 5 months now and I have noticed no difference from what I buy at the store or get at the library.

      • Great, thanks for confirming that! 🙂 I think I’m going to give this one a try then!

  6. Good luck cancelling this sub!

    I contacted them in January to cancel my subscription, got a reply back right away (almost within that same hour) saying my auto renewal was turned off and that my subscription was cancelled. Then last night I got an email saying my subscription renewed for another 3 months, immediately I emailed them! It’s a good thing I kept that original email with my request to cancel and their response. I have yet to hear a response so I contacted them via Facebook messenger because it says they are “very responsive” to messages. I can see that they read my message but have not responded to me. So I may phone them later on today as well as my bank. Just beware. Seems funny they were so quick to help me out but now they are basically ignoring me.

    • Figures, right after I post this I heard back from them, lol 🙂

      But then again, I always “jump to conclusions”.

    • Hi Heidi,

      So, so sorry for this cancellation processing error. We’ll have our customer service team on sorting this out, and making sure you receive a full refund.

      Jay @ Book of the Month

    • I didn’t have that problem at all. The guy answered my call immediately, and it says for this month that my subscription is inactive. Hopefully that was just a fluke. I found their response times to be amazingly quick!

  7. Wow, I don’t really read books at all anymore but I’m seriously tempted to sign up for this sub. Books 1, 3 and 4 look really good!
    Are prior months books available to choose every month? Or is there a limited number and when they sell out, then they’re gone? I’d probably do a 3 month sub and then could pick one of these each month if they’re available (or as add-ons if there’s other books that catch my eye) if these books will be available as choices for the next few months.

    • Yes, they are always available as add ons. You will have to pick one of the current months but can add additional books from other months for $10 each. It’s a great deal!

    • You can pick prior month’s books as additional $9.99 add-on books. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Yes, thank you Liz and Amanda! That helped (and kinda didn’t since I’m supposed to be trying to cut back a little and save some money) – I went ahead and signed up for 3 months. And just decided I might as well add 2 extras this month 🙂
        Can’t wait! It’ll be good for me too start reading books again.

  8. Want every single book. Already have The Moors and it is a thoughtful very well written novel.

  9. Ditto, signing up for the “Queen’s Night” but they all sound so great!

  10. I have heard the BEST things about A Thousand Naked Strangers! Yay!!!

    I love that they keep coming up with such a diverse and amazing selection every month. I max out on their 2 additional choices every month thus the backlog of ones I still want is growing longer and longer. I keep waiting for them to offer a blah month so a can get a few from prior months but they just keep knocking it out of the park! Hats off to Book of the Month.

  11. I want 4 of the 5! How will I ever decide?!

    • I opted for the one they chose for me…The Moor’s Account.

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