Book Club Selections



36529_10151196559186478_1476072028_n2015 Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selections, so far…

As the founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club all books are selected after reading stacks of books and are chosen with great care and deliberation. Our main selection each month is the book we are to read to be discussed.

Our backlist selection is also one I recommend to read that is a book that is not new but one that I feel did not get the readership it so deserved, or classic that should be read, thus I call this new reading initiative, A GOOD BOOK IS A GOOD BOOK!

Our Bonus book club selections are for our voracious readers and highly recommend you read all of them. I do!

Our Teen to Children’s books are selected as so many of our Pulpwood Queens as part of their literacy initiatives have started book club chapters for the younger set.

The way we see it, our future book club members.

The Pulpwood Queens are an inclusive book club. We welcome all to join. Our motto is “where tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the RULE!” Our sole mission and purpose is to promote authors, books, literacy, reading and help undiscovered authors get discovered in a big way!

A Lifetime Membership is $25 and includes your official certificate and membership card.

Beauty and the Book accepts all major credit cards but you may also send check payable to:

Beauty and the Book @ The Nail and Hair Shed
2501 S. FM 2869, Suite B
Hawkins, Texas 75765
Texas 75657





Peeing on Hot Coals by Pat Montandon

Backlist Book: Oh, The Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey

Bonus Book: More Curious by Sean Wilsey

Oh, The Hell of It All by Pat Montandon

A Long Time Gone by Karen White

Deliver Us by Kathryn Casey

Pinecones (Children’s Picture Book):

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover): Offsides by Kerry Madden



The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevon

Backlist Book: The Gravity of Birds by Tracey Guzeman

Bonus: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

The Vintner’s Daughter by Kristen Harnisch

Crooked Lines by Holly Michael

Pinecones: Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K.G. Campbell

Splinters: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black



Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

Backlist Book: The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganis

Bonus: Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy & Becky Hepinstall

Vengeance is Mine by Reavis Z. Wortham

O’ Africa by Andrew Conn Lewis

Pinecones: Dear Hank Williams by Kimberley Willis Holt

Splinters: Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder and



A Place Called Hope: A Novel by Phillip Gulley

Backlist Book: Just Shy of Harmony by Phillip Gulley

Bonus Book: Painting Juliana by Martha Louise Hunter

Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family by Swoozie Kurtz with Joni Rodgers

The Wedding Circle by Ashton Lee

Pinecones: Mary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Edition by P. L. Travers

Splinters: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson



The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate

Backlist Book: Be in a Treehouse by Pete Nelson

Bonus Book: Glamping with MaryJane by MaryJane Butters

Her Wild Oats by Kathi Kamen Goldmark

Mamma Mia: Americans “Invade” Italy: True Stories of The Americana in Italy by Stephanie Chance

Pinecones: Flashlight by Liza Boyd

Splinters: Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive



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Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford (new book)

Coincidence is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous by Gloria Loring (backlist)


Moonrise by Cassandra King

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat

Road to Happiness by Stephanie McAfee

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie by Kerry Madden Lunsford and Lucy Madden Lunsford

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover):  She, the Old Woman That Took Over My Life by Kathryn Tucker Windham


The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie (new book)

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston (backlist book)


Where the Mountains are Thieves by David Marion Wilkinson

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles: A Novel by Katherine Pancol

Girls of The Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women of World War II by Denise Kiernan

Splinters (Teen/Adult Crossover): When the Mountains Move: A Novel by Julie Perkins Cantrell

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): Locomotive by Brian Floca


Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and The Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul

Clark Newell, Jr. (new book)

The Fault in our Stars by John Green (backlist book)


Unremarried Widow: A Novel by Artis Henderson

The Lake House by Marci Nault

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover): Doll Bones by Holly Black

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): Journey by Aaron Becker


Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen (new book)

The Edge of Grace by Christa Allen

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (backlist book)


Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon

Love, Water, Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Heart Wide Open: Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover): One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown


The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel by Alice Hoffman (new book)

Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline (backlist book)


Somerset by Leila Meacham

Gemini: A Novel by Carol Cassella

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandell

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover): Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): The Dark by Lemony Snicket


The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy (new book)

The Great Santini by Pat Conroy (backlist book)


The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover): The Neptune Project by Polly Hollyoke

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): Noah Webster and His Words by Jeri Chase Edwards


Margarita Wednesdays by Deborah Rodriguez

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (backlist book)


The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins

The Southern Chapter of The Big Girl Panties Club: A Frankilee Story by Lynda Stephenson

Vow Unbroken: A Lone Star Novel by Caryl McAdoo

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover): Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywait and Oliver Jeffers


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker (backlist book)


A Good Man by Larry Baker

The Right Side of Wrong: A Red River Mystery by Reavis Z. Wortham

The Reading Circle: A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel by Ashton Lee

Splinters (Teen to Adult Crossover): Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Pine Cones (Children’s Picture Book): Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Lucky Us by Amy Bloom



The Promise by Ann Weisgarber



China Dolls by Lisa See



Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik.



Drum Roll! Our Summer Reads! Announcing the Official Pulpwood Queen Books of the Month for June – August 2015, as follows:


June – Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
Backlist Book: Black Like Me: 50th Anniversary Edition by John Howard Griffin
Bonus Book: How I Shed My Skin by Jim Grimsley
Splinter’s (Teen to Adult Crossover book) – The Wilder Boys by Brandon Wallace
Children’s Book – Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life by James Dean

July – Doll-Baby by Laura Lane McNeal
Backlist Book: Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams
Bonus Book: Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr
Splinter’s (Teen to Adult Crossover Book)- Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
Children’s Book – The Right Word: Roget and his Thesarus by Jen Bryant

August – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Backlist Book: Sissy Spacek: my extraordinary ordinary life with Maryanne Vollers
Bonus Book: Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Splinter’s (Teen to Adult Crossover Book) – What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Children’s Book – Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Congratulations to ALL our Authors, past, present, and future!


Kathy L. Murphy

Founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Clubs and Author of “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life”
Beauty and the Book
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Hawkins, Texas 75765
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