Nine months ago, at our very first meeting to chat about what would become The Everygirl, we discussed our goals for the site. We quickly agreed upon the mission: create a website that would help shape well-rounded, creative, career-driven women. Dozens of ideas were thrown around over the course of those few hours, many of which we are happy to say we’ve seen come to fruition (in-depth career profiles, attainable style inspiration, downloadable handbooks, job postings, top-notch photography, and original content). But there was one idea in particular that we haven’t been able to get off the ground. Until now.
Thanks to a partnership with world-renowned publishing firm Random House, we are thrilled to announce our newest project: The Everygirl and Random House Book Club!
We are tired of hearing friends, colleagues, and quite frankly, ourselves bemoan, I wish I read more, but I don’t have time. Well, ladies, as we’ve heard over and over again, it takes time, effort, and work to become the woman you want to be. And if you’re on this site, the woman you want to be is likely a well-read, well-spoken, cultured individual who reads more than just her inbox and Facebook newsfeed. So we are making time (yes—the entire Everygirl team will be reading along each month! one intern actually flew through the book this past weekend!) and hope you all join in!
Want to hear the best part? Because of our partnership with Random House, we’ll be able to organize a live video conference discussion with the author at the end of the month! So you’ll be given a chance to ask the questions and find out the author’s thoughts behind plot twists and character development. Not many book clubs can offer that! Excited? So are we!
The Club: Each month, Everygirl readers and book clubs around the globe are invited to participate in our online book club. We’ll likely be switching between fiction and nonfiction, but readers will be able to suggest and then vote on three titles published by Random House.
The Schedule: Check back on The Everygirl blog every Monday to leave comments and questions and chat with other book club participants. At the end of every month, we’ll host a formal book club meeting! The live chat conference will include a video feed with the author, Everygirl editors, a Random House representative and an honorary Everygirl, as well as discussion among readers. Treat it like you would any other book club meeting: pour yourself a glass of wine, kick your feet up, have questions and notes prepared, and sign in. Or better yet—we encourage you to meet up with other readers in your area! (more details to follow)
The Book: We thought a great way to kick off the book club would be with the newly released Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, since she was the first author we featured on the site! We especially love the plot, where the heroine’s online life dramatically affects her real life. Read the excerpt here:
“Maybe it was the five pounds I’d gained that I couldn’t seem to lose. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.
But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101).
And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.
61. Chet Baker on the tape player. He was cutting peppers for the salad. I looked at those hands and thought, I am going to have this man’s children.
67. To not want what you don’t have. What you can’t have. What you shouldn’t have.
32. That if we weren’t careful, it was possible to forget one another.
Before the study, my life was an endless blur of school lunches and doctor’s appointments, family dinners, budgets, and trying to discern the fastest-moving line at the grocery store. I was Alice Buckle: spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions.
But these days, I’m also Wife 22. And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn. Soon, I’ll have to make a decision—one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life. But at the moment, I’m too busy answering questions.
As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiac.”
Have you been itching to read more and want to join us? Leave a comment below and let us know you’re signing on for the first month! And feel free to leave any suggestions or questions! We want this to be fun and encouraging for all of you, so as always, your feedback is valued.