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Dear Members,

We're very happy to announce our newest Books for Schools Campaign!

This will be our third consecutive year, and we'll kick things off on Monday November 14th, 2011.  We have chosen deserving elementary schools all around the country from the very many nominations sent in by our members (thank you!), and during the campaign PBS Members can donate credits toward each school's book goal. Once that goal is met, we turn those credits into new books! The schools use these new, early reader books to fill classroom libraries, as incentives for reading programs, or as gifts to students who have rarely had books to call their own. Thanks in advance for any credits you can spare for these budding readers.  They really appreciate it!

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We are featuring a school in Alaska this year, as well as 2 schools affected by the flooding in New York, and deserving schools from Louisiana to Wisconsin to Florida to West Virginia.  You can read more about previous campaigns (including letters from the students) here, and if you have a school to nominate for our next campaign you can do so here. If you nominate a school, please make sure you have spoken to the principal and he or she is aware of our program.  

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The PaperBackSwap Team

Did you miss these popular books?  They're all are available to order right now!

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  Fear Nothing by Dean R. Koontz. Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay - he's made his peace with a rare genetic disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light.  Until the night he witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery that only he can solve... See other suspense books currently available for swapping.

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Hypocrite in a White Poufy Dress by Susan Jane Gilman A funny and poignant collection of true stories about women coming of age that for once isn't about finding a date. See other Biographies and Memoirs currently available for swapping.

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The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann PearlmanEvery year at Christmastime, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies...and their stories. A riveting debut novel (including recipes) about rich and complicated friendships.  Browse all Christmas-themed books currently available for swapping.

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  Christmas Cookies by Katherine M. Eakin. They're all here - bar cookies, rolled cookies, drop cookies, shaped cookies, foreign cookies! When the season is over, this cookbook will serve as a valuable resource for delicious cookies that will give pleasure year-round.  Browse other cookbooks currently available for swapping.
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  The Camel Club by David Baldacci. The Camel Club. It's where the most influential businessmen and politicians wine, dine, and often change the course of history - until a homeless man stumbles upon a shocking secret...  See other highly-rated mystery books currently available for swapping.

Hot off the presses!  Try one of these newly published books, available in the PBS Market.

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Altered Shoes by Marty Stevens-HeebnerWith Altered Shoes, you can add sparkle to your stilettos, revive your favorite flats and personalize your pumps. Use the same techniques to turn new "off the rack" bargains into out-of-this-world creations!  Browse other crafting books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $22.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.09+1 credit (save 90%) or $5.49 (save 76%)

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Blood Feud  by Alyxandra Harvey It's been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she's made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire...  See more Young Adult books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $16.99
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $8.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $11.99 (save 29%)
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Stone's Fall  by Iain Pears  A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why financier John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.  It's an intricately plotted and richly satisfying puzzle - an erudite work of history and fiction that marks the triumphant return of one of the world's great storytellers. See other Thrillers currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $16.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $8.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $11.49 (save 28%)

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Angry Fat Girls: 5 Women 500 Pounds and a Year of Losing It...Again by Frances Kuffel. Frances Kuffel wondered: how could this happen again? She'd transformed her life by losing 188 pounds-but, like the vast majority of dieters, she transformed it again by gaining over half those pounds back. She meets four women online in the same situation - they call themselves the Angry Fat Girlz - in this book, Frances shares their story and their struggle to find their best selves along the way. See more memoirs currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $15.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $7.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.99 (save 26%)
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The Pretend Wife  by Bridget AsherA bighearted, funny, fiercely perceptive tale about a happily married woman and the little white lie that changed everything...   Browse other Contemporary Fiction books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $24.00
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $2.59+1 credit (save 89%) or $5.99 (save 75%)
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Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook by Debbie Macomber  We call her the "Official Storyteller of Christmas" -- now Debbie Macomber shares more than one hundred of her favorite Christmas recipes. You'll also find easy-to-follow instructions for crafts, decorations and gift wrapping -- everything you need to create a beautiful and festive holiday! See more books on Cooking, Food and Wine currently available in the Market

Retail Price: $29.95
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $15.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $18.49 (save 38%)


Books for Schools

PaperBackSwap wants to send you to the movies!  We know you’ve enjoyed reading and swapping Michael Morpurgo’s best-seller War Horse.  Now you have a chance to be among the first to see the new film about the extraordinary journey of a horse as he moves through the First World War, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets  A limited number of complimentary advance screening passes are available to PBS members in select cities.  Each pass admits two people.  Check the PBS Blog for the list of 25 cities, and to enter the drawing for tickets. Thanks to DreamWorks for making this possible!



Book Buyers Guide

It's beginning to look a lot like....you know.  We know it's early, but you need the tremendous savings in the PBS Market, and we need the lead time for shipping to get you your orders by Christmas or Chanukah.  Our Gift Buying Guide has something for everyone - so knock some items off your holiday To Do list, and then you can go back to dreaming about turkey and stuffing...


Book Giveaways

Don't miss the Book Grab Giveaways on the PBS Blog!  They're your chance to get a brand-new book from the list of Top 50 Wished for Books in the club, free - and you never know when they're going to happen. Most recently, we've given away a copy of The Hunger Games and The Help.  It's so easy to enter - just reply to the blog post - BUT you have to do it within 24 hours.  We’ll randomly draw a lucky winner from all entries.  Book Grabs can happen anytime - if you subscribe to the RSS feed, you won't miss the next one!


Book Come Sail With Us on the first PaperbackSwap Cruise, February 4-9, 2012! There is still time to register for the Carnival Cruise setting sail from Jacksonville, FL on February 4, 2012 to the Bahamas. There are still cabins available. Details are available in the Discussion Forum topic, or by contacting our Travel Specialist directly at 1-800-727-7601 ext. 229. For information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, send an email to pbscruise@hotmail.com or post in the Discussion Forum topicNote: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.   And don't forget your PBS Cruise T Shirt, available in the Kiosk. Snag one now, before they are all gone!


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PBS Local Chapter News

The North Texas Chapter will be meeting Sunday, December 11th at a location TBD to discuss The Stupidest Angel and do a cookie exchange. Check out their Book Club Meeting facebook page! Contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter will be meeting on Saturday, November 19th at 9 AM to discuss Room by Emma Donoghue, and on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30 PM to discuss The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.    Contact lisaparks for more information about the chapter, and check out their Facebook page!

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS Nickname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills...check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.


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Christa H. (flchris)

Christa F. is really active in the Historical Fiction Discussion Forum; we've gotten nominations for her before, but a landslide came in recently!  She's contributed to the PBS Blog, keeps track of the read-alongs and challenges in the HF Forum, and organized a very successful Historical Fiction Challenge that was, in one participant's description, "a feat of incredible time, energy, organization, and creativity."  We don't have room for all the praise we got, but here are some excerpts:

"She provides welcoming encouragement to new members and old."

"She is one of the reasons I have found a new interest in historical fiction!"

"She is friendly and helpful and always fun in the forum. I know she's active in other forums (besides HF) and I'm sure she is just as sweet and sparkling there!"

"Her posts in the forums are always polite, well worded, positive, and helpful."

"She's just one of those PBS members who makes me happy that I belong to PBS!"

Christa, you've had quite an impact!  We hope more people check out your Challenges - they sound amazing. Thanks for all you do in the club. You are Member of the Month for November.  Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour nomination will not "expire"--anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows--one of them might be YOU!


Dear Librarian - I wanted to tell you how great the Book Covers are for those of us with arthritis in our hands!  My mother's an avid reader but it's so hard for her to hold a book.  I got her one of the Book Covers - the soft cover means she hardly has to work at all - she is so happy to be able to read again!  -- Whee! in Wyoming

Dear Ming,

Thanks for writing in - we're so glad to hear this!  The Book Covers are great for keeping your books clean, too, and for keeping your reading choices private if you happen to be reading in public.  We have them in three paperback sizes and a size for hardcovers, and several patterns.  We really hope that others who are affected by arthritis will check them out! 

Dear Librarian - I mailed a book weeks ago and the other member got it but isn't marking it received!  I sent it with Delivery Confirmation that I bought at the PO and the USPS site says the book was delivered.  How do I get my credit?! --Broke in Branson

Dear Bro,

We're sorry that you are having this trouble - in order for swapping to go smoothly, the club does need members to mark books received conscientiously.  Sometimes, though, the member is away from home when the book arrives.  Sometimes the book really hasn't arrived, even if there was a "delivered" scan by USPS.  USPS does a great job but sometimes packages do get misdelivered, and a "delivered" scan can indeed indicate that the package was delivered - but to the wrong address. 

The first step here is for you to contact the other member, using the PM button on the request to send a Personal Message, and ask if she got the book.  Maybe she just forgot to mark it received and a polite reminder from you will jog her memory.  (The system does send automatic reminder emails too while a book is en route.)  If she is away from home, she can mark the book received when she returns.  If it has been declared "lost" by then, she can mark it received from her Transaction Archive.  You will have to wait for your credit until then, though - Delivery Confirmation (DC) purchased outside of PBS does not earn Quick or Guaranteed Credit.  If you want to use DC, PBS-DC is a great option - you get Quick/Guaranteed Credit and it's less expensive than buying it at the PO. 

If the member is at home and didn't get the book, you should both pursue this, since it was scanned "delivered" - her local PO might be holding the package for some reason, or perhaps it was misdelivered along the postal route.  Asking at the local PO and inquiring of the letter carrier is something she should do as soon as possible, while memories are fresh.  With any luck, the book will be found soon!

If the other member doesn't respond to your message within 4 days and the book is declared "lost in the mail" by the system, you can use the feedback button on the Contact Us page to ask us to help.

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