December Newsletter!

Posted by Elizabeth on December 8, 2009
The December Newsletter!

For the month of December we wanted to do a newsletter with a focus on giving. It’s a pretty obvious connection, but the fact that both author interviews ended up being about girls’ education was a surprise.

Greg Mortenson got the ball rolling. He agreed to speak to us only a few days after being discharged from the hospital and also put us in touch with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. I would argue that what makes Mortenson powerful as a motivator and speaker is his ability to use stories to express the urgency of an issue. In a way, it’s a literary approach to development. His tale about young girls who read the newspaper to their mothers painted a vivid picture for me about mothers and daughters and that special bond.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are crack reporters who seek to make a tangible difference. Their meticulous approach to journalism ensures that their conclusions are carefully researched and thoroughly thought out.

Please do check out Mortenson’s and Kristof/WuDunn’s charity organizations (Central Asia Institute, Pennies for Peace, and Half the Sky Movement) if you are interested in getting involved this holiday season.

On the engineering front, it’s been six months in the development phase, but we are thrilled to announce that we have launched Goodreads Bookswap! The new feature is a perfect complement to the holidays; our swap system is based on the enjoyment of seeing your books go to a good home. I for one would rather send the book I just finished reading (Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert) to someone who wants to read it instead of letting it collect dust on my shelf or dropping it off at the local Goodwill. The section is brand new, so please be patient with us and contact us about any bugs or feature improvements. Unfortunately, Goodreads Bookswap is only available in the U.S. at this time, but we are working as fast as we can to make global Goodreads Bookswap a possibility!

The rest of the newsletter is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We asked Garrison Keillor, host of the homespun radio show A Prarie Home Companion, to recommend his favorite “gift books” this month. For Lit for Lat we ventured to South America for a novel about the tribulations of war in Colombia. Our Author Snapshot is about Sheramy Bundrick, whose debut novel Sunflowers is about Van Gogh, and the winning Poem of the Month is The Parrot-Ox by Jane Ellen Glasser. Check it out!

On behalf of the entire team at Goodreads (Otis, Michael, Jessica, Ken-ichi, Louise, Dave, Ben, Leilah, Rivka, and Tessa), I’d like to say that we wish you a safe and warm holiday season. Hopefully you will find comfort among the people you care about, and enjoy a bit of rest, relaxation, and of course, good books!

Thanks again for being a part of Goodreads and enjoy the December Newsletter.

-Elizabeth

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Nat what is the seaonal reading challenge. because i want to do it


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message 6: by Carol (new)

Carol Thanks for the update. Happy Holidays to all at goodreads.


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Janeen-san MERRY CHRISTMAS, GOODREADS TEAM!!!!


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Natalie wrote: "what is the seaonal reading challenge. because i want to do it"

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message 13: by Dionisia (last edited Dec 09, 2009 06:03AM) (new)

Dionisia Natalie wrote: "what is the seaonal reading challenge. because i want to do it"

The Seasonal Reading Challenge

Great group! The challenge is so addictive.


message 14: by George (new)

George Maybe this might be interesting. Well, the challenge.


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message 16: by Minnie (last edited Dec 09, 2009 12:38PM) (new)

Minnie Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are crack reporters who seek to make a tangible difference. Their meticulous approach to journalism ensures that their conclusions are carefully researched and thoroughly thought out.

You said it far better than I. I live in Chicago and read Nicholas Kristof's columns often.



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Happy Holidays Goodreads!


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George hi.


message 19: by George (new)

George Um, what do you mean by "giving?"


message 20: by George (new)

George I already know much about Penies for Peace.


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