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SITS Book Club: Amazing Announcements!

By Mar 21, 2011May 13th, 201285 Comments

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Our SITS Book of the Month Club back!  And it is going to knock your socks off!

A few weeks back, Andrea from Great Thoughts got in contact with us about our languishing Book Club.  The idea was great, but we weren’t doing enough to make the group as dynamic and active as it could be.  Lucky for us, Andrea stepped in and has infused a new energy and vision that only someone as passionate about books as she is can do.

We’ve asked Andrea to help us to co-lead this effort, posting regularly both on SITS and in our Book of the Month group in the forum.  In addition to this, Andrea is working to get authors involved in our monthly Twitter chats going forward.  Can you believe it?  We’re becoming an online book club that has the opportunity to discuss a book live with the author.  Amazing!

Let’s learn a bit more about Andrea…

andrea katzAfter 20 years in high pressure sales, Andrea retired to spend time doing what she loves – hanging with her family, reading good books and enjoying good travel. She is always looking for the next great read and the next great beach or warm locale. Her blog, Great Thoughts, was born in an attempt to share books and trips she loves and to find out what she should read next and where she should travel next. A graduate of last spring’s Bloggy Boot Camp in Phoenix, she’s putting all the skills she learned to great use.

We are thrilled to welcome Andrea to the helm of the SITS Book of the Month Club! Get ready for our upcoming Book Club chats on Twitter by following Andrea on Twitter, @gr8thoughts.

Before we move onto announcing our latest book pick, we first want to wrap up what we started with The Help…

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

We will be having our discussion for The Help by Kathryn Stockett on Tuesday, April 5.  Even if you haven’t yet read The Help, join us so that you can see what the SITS book club is all about.  We will have have tons of amazing prizes to give away to all participants, so you won’t want to miss out!

The Details:

  • When: Tuesday, April 5 from 8-9 p.m. CST (9-10 EST, 7-8 MST, & 6-7 PST)
  • Where: Twitter
  • Who: YOU, @gr8thoughts and @SITSGirls

New Book Club Pick

We are SO excited to introduce our book club pick for April/May.  The book is…

Gayle Tzemach LemmonThe Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe.

This wonderful book is the story of Kamela, an amazing woman in Afghanistan who figured out a way, despite overwhelming obstacles, to create a business and support her family during Taliban rule.  She invites other women into her business and runs her own cottage industry in her home, while continuing to obey the harsh rules on the land.  This unsung heroine teaches survival and entrepreneurship in a place where women are literally meant to be unseen and unheard.  This is a TRUE story but reads like the juiciest of fiction.

The author, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, worked as a journalist for 10 years with ABC News and since has been covering women entrepreneurs in conflict afflicted areas including Bosnia, Rwanda and Afghanistan.  Notably Angelina Jolie, who is funding a school for girls in Afghanistan, and Greg Mortenson, the amazing author of Three Cups of Tea, both write fabulous reviews on the back of the book.

To read more about the book, check out Andrea’s review on Great Thoughts.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Best Part: Part 1

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, is THE hottest book hitting the book scene right now.  Pick up the April issue of The Oprah Magazine and flip to page 148.  You’ll see that Gayle’s book tops their list of “Titles to Pick Up Now”.  It’s also # 1 for People magazine.

What’s more, you can find one of Gayle’s most recent articles, The Hillary Doctrine, on the cover of the March 14th issue of Newsweek.  Regardless of your politics (and we do not espouse any political views here), you, as strong women,  will value the theme of this article that basically states that until the worth of girls and women are realized, there will always be a human rights battle.

As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace everywhere in the world, as long as girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last, overworked, underpaid, not schooled, subjected to violence in and outside their homes- the potential of the human family to create a peaceful, prosperous world will not be realized.

The Best Part: Part 2

Harper Collins, the publisher of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, is helping us kick off our next Book of the Month by providing us with 20 copies of the book to give to our community.  If you are interested in receiving a copy and participating in our discussion, simply leave a comment on this post!  We will select 20 responses at random and then notify the lucky winners via e-mail on Friday, March 25.  Copies will be mailed directly from Harper Collins.

The Best Part: Part 3

On Thursday, May 5 from 8-9 p.m. CST (9-10 EST, 7-8 MST, & 6-7 PST), we will be hosting our live Book Club discussion on Twitter using the hashtag, #SITSBooks.  Joining us will be none other than Gayle herself!

Let us repeat that for you in case you missed it.

The author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana will be joining us for the discussion on her book.  Live.  On Twitter.


We are out of our minds excited.

The SITS Book of the Month Club is something that you simply cannot miss.  Join us as we morph into the most dynamic online book club for women on the planet.

The fine print:
Please enter the giveaway only if you are able to participate in the Twitter chat on Thursday, May 5 and pop into the discussions on SITS.  If you don’t have the time to dedicate, consider joining us during an upcoming month.  We’ll be kicking off each new book announcement with a giveaway and all new forum posts.


About Francesca

Francesca has an extensive background in content marketing, public relations, and social outreach. She oversees all Operations at Sway Group, including our robust metrics capabilities. Prior to joining the online world, Francesca oversaw viticulture and oenology at various wineries in both California and Italy, and managed regulatory affairs and facility approvals at the biotech company, Genentech. Francesca has been featured on CBS Sacramento and Food Blogger Pro’s podcast. She has also hosted an AMA webinar and spoken at Social Media World.


  • Tricia Pierce says:

    Looking forward to reading…participating with and learning all about the wonderful SITSwomen! I’ll be running out to get it as it’s most definitely something that I would love to read. Love the book club idea~ the fact that you started with The Help (the BEST book I have read in the past couple of years) and have now chosen The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, tells me this book club is right up my alley! I would love to win a copy of this book!

  • Karen says:

    Oh so glad book club is in effect! Cant wait to read this book!

  • lisa fogarty says:

    got the book…. got my calendar marked.. read chapter one.. and now.. I have to figure out twitter LOL

  • Sonia Barton says:

    Got my book – off to have a Saturday of Reading.

  • raine says:

    I hope Im not too late for.the contest

  • I LOVE books as well and would Love to join in on this next selection of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. I have heard some great reviews about it and have want to read it ever since!

  • Alie says:

    Yay! So excited. I read The Help and was wondering what was going on with the group and kept checking the forum. This is great news. I am so happy to be part of an online group and the next read looks amazing!

    Can’t wait for the discussions.


  • I am so excited about this book selection! I’ll be running out to get it as it’s most definitely something that I would love to read. And it’s so thrilling that the author will be participating as well! Fantastic!!!

  • Myne Whitman says:

    I would be happy to be part of this and look forward to reading the book!

  • KeeKee says:

    This sounds like fun…I feature books of the month on my blog but nothing like this. I am very proud of your success. I am so going to join this book club. I love love love to read. Peace & Blessings.

  • I would definitely love this book! Sounds amazing.

  • juliagoulia4 says:

    Looking forward to this~ Have been looking for a book club to join!

  • julia says:

    Looking forward to it…have been looking for a book club for a while~

  • Came across this site via my best friend and it is fast becoming one of my FAVORITES! Love the book club idea~ the fact that you started with The Help (the BEST book I have read in the past couple of years) and have now chosen The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, tells me this book club is right up my alley! Looking forward to reading…participating with and learning all about the wonderful SITSwomen!

  • I would LOVE to win one of these books and I can participate!

    This book sounds amazing. Great pick and I look forward to reading it with the ladies!

  • Connie says:

    I’d love to start off joining your book club with a free copy!

  • Sarafree says:

    I would love to join in on this one, looks good!

  • Jayme says:

    I loved The Help- and I can’t wait to read this one!

  • Mrs. Jen B says:

    OMG how exciting!!!! I’d love to win a copy and participate in the chat WITH THE AUTHOR! How cool is that???

  • Marie Cole says:

    Great idea. 🙂

  • Maggi says:

    How fun! I would love to win a copy of this book!

  • I am very excited about this idea! I haven’t tried an online book club yet- but I am IN! I will read The Help and participate in the 4/5 twitter party- and I would love to read this book too (I had already added it to my amazon wish list after seeing it in Oprah!)
    Thanks for organizing this!

  • Kari says:

    I have heard a lot of buzz about this book and have wanted to read it. Sounds like the book club is really kicking in and going to be a lot of fun

  • Cate says:

    Would love to be a part of this discussion! Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Junebug says:

    I love book clubs. I can’t wait to get started reading.

  • Eileen says:

    Yes! I’d love to participate! Can’t believe I had not heard of this book. I need to get back into good reading habits again.

  • Pattyann says:

    I can’t wait for this. The book sounds amazing and I am going to have to go to the library and hope it is in. Hope to see you all there!!

  • adrian says:

    This looks like awesome book choice. Hope I win it!

  • Penelope says:

    I’ve heard that this is a great book. Would love to join your book club.

  • lisa fogarty says:

    I LOVE BOOK CLUBS and this is a great idea

  • Mama Mary says:

    I love Andrea from Great Thoughts! Met her at last year’s Bloggy Boot Camp in AZ. I am bringing the Help with me on vacay next weekend as I have wanted to read it for so long! And the new book sounds fascinating. GTL (can’t spell her name full out this early in the morning) followed me on Twitter awhile back and ever since then I have wanted to read her book. So I REALLY HOPE I WIN! : ) Love the Twitter Book Club party idea, btw. Can I be drinking wine while book club tweeting like I do at my IRL book club? xo

  • Mellisa says:

    Just ordered the book plus my favorite coffee at Amazon. I was a little disappointed to see that the first book chosen was one that I already read. But since it was such a great book – I am glad that everyone else got to read it. Looking forward to this read and to seeing what the book club turns into! Have a great week!

  • I am so looking forward to this, I was hopeful that the book club hadn’t disappeared – it sounds like such an interesting book and it’s a new one for me which is great!

    Great work girls! So looking forward to hearing the author’s view as well – thanks for sorting this out Andrea – look forward to hearing from you!

    Have a lovely day all,

  • Jinny says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one since a long time…it would be amazing if I actually won a copy. Fingers crossed! 😉