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Warm up with a holiday beverage station

Holiday entertaining means longer evenings. Friends and family gather and linger over conversation and dessert, and early sunsets make it seem cozier inside than out. A holiday beverage station is a decorative way to keep your guests — or your own family — comfortable and warm this season. Whether you’re focusing your energy on a cocoa bar or a beverage station with a variety of warm options — plus dessert — a few simple additions can take your beverage and dessert station from practical to perfect.

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A hot cocoa bar can become part of your holiday decorating tradition

The Christmas Home Tour at Unexpected Elegance shows how a hot cocoa bar can be incorporated into your holiday decorating. With all of the fixings for hot cocoa — and enough mugs for friends — the dining room is a welcoming, cozy place during the holiday season. The framed chalkboard art makes the beverage station a focal point of the room. Download chalkboard art prints for the holidays to keep your Christmas decor consistent through your home.

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Mighty Leaf Tea is a fantastic addition to your beverage menu

Hot cocoa and steaming coffee are always represented on holiday beverage menus, but Mighty Leaf Tea is a welcome addition to a hot beverage bar. Their whole tea leaves are delicately sewed into compostable pouches large enough for the leaves, herbs, and spices to unfurl in the hot water. The tags note the caffeine level and brew time for each type of tea, guaranteeing you won’t inadvertently over-caffeinate before bedtime. Try the Holiday Collection Tea Chest to sample some of their seasonally-appropriate teas.

 

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Add to the festive spirit with a hot beverage station

Hot apple cider turns a hot chocolate station to a holiday beverage table at Cre8tive Designs. The details on this festive holiday drink station are exquisite, and all of the tasty toppings can turn your hot cocoa into dessert. In addition to hot cider, chai tea is another way to infuse your warm drink with the seasonal flavors and spices that feel festive during the holidays. Mighty Leaf Tea offers two delicious tea recipes to impress your guests.

Hot Apple Chai from Mighty Leaf Tea
  • 1 Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai tea pouch
  • 2 cups apple cider, not from concentrate
  • ½ tsp whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1 ½ broken cinnamon sticks
  • 1 small orange
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Steep tea pouch in 12 oz hot water for 4 minutes. Pour tea into medium sized pot. Add the apple juice, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cinnamon sticks. Muddle the orange into the pot then drop in the orange peels too. Simmer on stovetop for 15 minutes for richer flavor. Serve.

Vanilla Bean Tea Latte from Mighty Leaf Tea
  • 6 oz Mighty Leaf Tea Vanilla Bean
  • 6 oz milk or soy
  • ½ agave nectar/sugar (optional)

Steep one Vanilla Bean Tea Pouch in 6 oz. of boiling water for 5-6 minutes. While tea steeps, froth 6 oz heated milk or soy. Add agave nectar/sugar to taste. Stir and enjoy! Substitute Mighty Leaf Tea Organic African Nectar or Bombay Chai for a twist on this recipe.

What is your favorite part of holiday entertaining?

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with barkTHINS

Rich, decadent chocolate makes the best kind of snack, and barkTHINS are going to find a home in your cabinet as soon as you try them. Made with fair trade chocolate and natural ingredients, barkTHINS are a treat you can welcome into your house while feeling confident you’re supporting a company dedicated to fair labor practices. The Dark Chocolate flavors are even verified by the Non-GMO project.

Bark Thins

barkTHINS caters to any flavor craving

Holiday “bark” candy is one of my favorite seasonal treats, but barkTHINS improved on even your favorite recipe — not to mention it’s so much easier to pick up a bag at the store than to make your own. The snacking candy is thinner than traditional bark recipes, and each of the varieties are crammed full of delicious ingredients — from coconut to almonds, with fruit, pumpkin seeds, and pretzels in between. No matter how you like your chocolate — from traditional nuts to a fruit flavor explosion — there’s a scrumptious barkTHINS flavor you’ll immediately love.

Bark Thins

Seasonal flavors make barkTHINS the perfect party addition

As fall shifts to winter, flavor enthusiasts are volleying back and forth between pumpkin and peppermint — both are flavors in the barkTHINS family of snacks. Holiday party hosts can add barkTHINS to their party plans. Post-dinner coffee will be even better when accompanied by a little barkTHINS buffet. The Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel with Sea Salt is a Limited Edition Flavor for the 2014 holiday season, and I can’t wait to try it. Pick up a few extra bags to savor throughout the year — barkTHINS can be stored, unopened, for up to 12 months.

Bark Thins

 

Take a snack break with barkTHINS

Some afternoons just call for something sweet, and barkTHINS are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack break. The Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty — and my favorite barkTHINS variety. The balance of chocolate and other flavors, whether it’s coconut or blueberry, is perfect. barkTHINS have more than enough chocolate to satisfy any chocolate craving, but the thinness of the bark makes sure the treat doesn’t feel too heavy or overwhelming. The only thing to worry about with this treat is making sure I only take a piece or two and then put the bag away for another day!

Which flavor of barkTHINS would you love to try?

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Staying cozy and stylish with Pure Jill

Pure Jill

While I’m hardly new to J.Jill (my mom is likely their biggest fan!), admittedly this was the first time that I’d ventured onto their website to look for something for myself. Going straight to their newest collection, Pure Jill, I found myself swimming in cozy sweaters, classic silhouettes and soft, natural colors that had my mind racing with outfit ideas. I automatically paired one of their sweaters with their leggings, knowing I could take my new outfit in a million directions — maybe with my tall riding boots and a long necklace or my favorite studded flats and my biggest knit scarf? Endless fashion possibilities… even a few that my J.Jill loving mom would approve of!

I love the philosophy that J.Jill has about their collections, that they strive to make getting dressed uncomplicated. Does that mean that their clothes are boring? Not in the least. Using only the best materials, fabrics and finishes, the Pure Jill collection is uncomplicated, for sure, but also timeless and easy-to-wear and just plain gorgeous.

Every single piece in this collection are the ones that you will have in your wardrobe for years. They are the pieces that will outlast trends as they come-and-go and that you’ll pull out of your closet, after months of not wearing them, and get that comforting feeling as you slip it on, just like grabbing coffee with an old friend.

Psst! I found that J.Jill runs a bit larger than other brands I wear. I’d suggest ordering down a size!

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Pure Jill

These pieces from the Pure Jill collection are going to be your new go-to outfit starters because they can be styled so many different ways, just by changing up your shoes, jewelry, accessories and bag. Make them edgy with some cool motorcycle boots. Make them sweet with some pretty flats and a soft scarf. Make them casual and fun with some on-trend wedge booties and a printed tribal-print purse. Or, mix-and-match these pieces to make a look of your own!

Pure Jill Ultrasoft Open Cardigan, J.Jill, $89
Pure Jill Ankle-Length Leggings, J.Jill, $39

Eye Candy Necklace, Stella & Dot, $49
Craft Fair Cute Scarf, ModCloth, $20
Millie Printed Oversize Tote, Sole Society, $60

Biker Boots, J.Crew, $238
Tieks Silver Screen, Tieks by Gavrieli, $235
TOMS Desert Suede Wedge Bootie, Nordstrom, $89

Pick up some Pure Jill for yourself

Do we have you hooked on J.Jill’s Pure Jill collection yet? Use the online code MOPJ30 to receive 30 percent off of full-priced items from the Pure Jill collection, valid through November 30, 2014.

What’s your favorite winter fashion pick from the Pure Jill collection?

J.Jill provided pieces from their Pure Jill collection for the purpose of this post.
All sassy opinions are my own.

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Dressing up the Carpool with Lee Curvy Fit Fashion PLaid Scarf
Dressing up the Carpool with Lee Jeans

We are super excited to bring back “Dressing up the Carpool” for the fall and winter season!  This is a feature we love to share because it helps inspire Moms get out of their clothing funk and step it up a bit. Whether it’s your day for the carpool, driving to playdates or attending the PTA meeting we want you to do it in comfort and style.

Lee Curvy Fit Collection

Jeans are essential and are pretty much my mom uniform, with so many varieties in cuts, shades and styles you can literally have a pair for every day of the week (and I do).  So when Lee Jeans asked me to give their curvy fit denim a try I jumped at the chance. Lee Curvy Fit is for women who know how to embrace their curves. Designed with a modern low-rise front and higher back rise, adding a little curve appeal to your wardrobe has never been easier.

I chose the Curvy Fit Alanna BootCut, these are a more casual everyday look that look great with your fall sweaters, jackets and scarves. What I liked the most about these jeans is that they did not gap in the back.  I have a small waist and a little booty in the back so gaping is an issue for me. These are gap free and they stretched a bit after wearing them a few times. Now they fit like a glove when I put them on!

Pair these jeans with a field jacket, plaid scarf and a great pair of ankle boots and you’re ready to go!

Shop the Look

Field Jacket ($91), Oversized Sweater ($54), Lee Curvy Fit Jeans ($34), Plaid Scarf ($25), Shoulder Bag ($18), Ankle Boots ($89)

Dressing up the Carpool Lee Jeans Cardigan

Curvy Fit Benefits

 

  • Tilted rise that is lower in the front and higher in the back keeps you covered confidently
  • Unique pattern shape gives the appearance of a slimmer silhouette.
  • No-gap Waistband bends with you while hugging your curves.
  • Shape Memory denim adapts to your body and keeps its shape all day.

Lee Jeans has a variety of dark denim washes and they’re always a favorite of mine because they slim you down and you can easily dress them up. I chose the Lee Curvy Fit Paxton Jeans and I went down a size, but I should have stayed with my true size. (These have stretch but by going down a size they were a little too tight;) I love the overall cut of these jeans the softness of the Shape Memory fabric, they really hug your curves!

Shop the Look:

Striped Cardigan ($92), Long Sleeve Top ($34), Lee Curvy Fit Jeans ($34), Statement Necklace ($25), Lorraine Tote ($69), Ankle Boots ($89)

Lee Jeans Fall Look SSM 1

The Lee Curvy Fit jean can be purchased online at Lee.com or can be found at your local Kohl’s, JCPenney or Sears stores and Platinum Curvy Fit at your local Macy’s.

Get Social with Lee Jeans

Lee Jeans Blog  / Lee Jeans Website / Lee Jeans Facebook /
Lee Jeans Twitter  / Lee Jeans Instagram

 

Disclosure: I am currently working as a brand ambassador for Lee Jeans. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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Faux fur is hot, hot, hot for winter

And, we’re not talking about how warm they’ll keep you! We’re loving that the faux fur outerwear trend is popping back up for winter fashions and we’re happily embracing this trend for our wardrobes. The perfect way to add some faux fur to your closet this year is with a faux fur coat or vest and we’ve hunted down our favorites.

How to wear faux fur coats and vests

The best part about faux fur coats and vests is that you can dress them up or dress them down, just by what you pair them with.

To dress up with faux fur styles — which are especially on-trend for the holidays — pair them with your favorite little black dress to hit up holiday parties, evenings at the Nutcracker and your office’s big seasonal bash. Just be prepared to use it as an outer-layer only… even faux fur gets warm when you’re in a crowd! Be sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple, as the faux fur coat or vest is truly your statement piece.

Dress a faux fur coat or vest down with lived-in jeans — try rolling them up at the bottom — and pair them with wedge ankle boots and an easy-going tee or a casual blouse. This look will take you everywhere this winter, from winter concerts at your kids’ schools to running Thanksgiving errands.

Feeling a little too plain jane, even with a punch of faux fur? Add a statement piece of jewelry or a hint of leopard print to offset a solid-colored faux fur coat or vest.

9 Faux fur coats and vests to tryFaux Fur Coats

1. BB Dakota Tierra Faux Fur Jacket, ShopBop, $120
2. Sabine Faux Fur Animal Coat, Piperlime, $198
3. Long Fur Vest, ZARA, $100
4. Xhilaration Open Faux Fur Vest, Target, $30
5. Faux Fur Knit Bomber Jacket, C.Wonder, $148
6. Cute and Hirsute Vest, ModCloth, $70
7. Mixed Fur Jacket, ZARA, $100
8. Faux Fur Jacket, H&M, $60
9. Topshop Faux Fur Bomber, Nordstrom, $136

 Which faux fur coat or vest is your pick?
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as you plan your menu, prepare all those delicious desserts and get your house in order, don’t forget to take inventory in your closet for what you’ll wear!

Sure it’s all about the food on Thanksgiving Day but we want you to have a fashionable Thanksgiving too, so we rounded up a few looks to help get you inspired. Whether you are more of a casual girl or like to dress up for the occasion we picked out some things that will be great pieces to last you all season long. Sometimes just a new pair of shoes, coat or a statement necklace can help create a whole new look.

Fashionable Thanksgiving

Fashionable Thanksgiving Burgundy and Leopard Fashion

Classy and Comfortable

We love the rich color of burgundy in the Fall and oversized knit sweaters are right on trend. Layer a blouse with a collar under a chunky sweater and make it really pop with a statement necklace. Don’t be afraid of leopard, it’s practically a staple now. A pointy toe pump will help dress up your denim in a second. This look is super comfortable but

1. Lyocell Blouse $49
2. Pull Over Sweater $31
3. Short Statement Necklace $39
4. Sara Designs Wrap Bracelet Watch $262
5. Lee Jeans Curvy Fit $35
6. French Connection Opulence Clutch
7. Jolie Pointy Toe Pump $129


Fashionable Thanksgiving Casual and Cool Savvy Sassy Moms

Casual and Comfortable

If you are will be in the kitchen cooking or chasing toddlers it is always better to go with a comfortable outfit with no fuss. Keep it simple with a flowy blouse, some chandelier earrings and a great pair of ankle boots. This outfit is simple and sweet with room for an extra piece of pumpkin pie!

1. Oversized Pattern Coat $49
2. Glitz Top $49
3. Stella Dot Reverie Chandeliers $39
4. Vince Camuto Riley Tote $278
5. Lee Jeans Curvy Fit $31
6. Erlina Ankle Boot $89

Fashionable Thanksgiving Romantic Lace

Fancy & Comfortable

If you are heading to church and and like to get dressed up for the Holidays then go for a beautiful lace dress, some heels and a great coat. This Stella Dot Fleurette Statement Necklace against the lace adds another interesting layer and adds a pop of color and sparkle! This lace dress could also be worn more casual with a pair of tights or leggings, riding boots and a cardigan.

1. Felted Coat $60
2. Admirable Octaves Dress $70
3. Fleurette Statement Necklace $198
4. Tory Burch Metallic Brushed Clutch $350
5. Steve Madden Suede Strappy Heel $67 {on sale!}

Which outfit would you wear?


 

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Southwestern Style Fashion Trends Savvy Sassy MomsAdd some Southwestern style to your closet

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the hottest fashion trends for fall and Southwestern style keeps popping up, again and again. With tribal fashion inspiration, filled with cool, graphic prints and hints of soft, yet bold, colors, we can’t resist these styles and we’re guessing you can’t either. From over-sized Aztec sweaters to funky fringed accessories and these to-die-for TOMS Nepal Stripe Boots, we’re all-in on this trend for fall.

Our top 12 Southwestern style picks for fall

Take a peek at our favorite Southwestern style pieces for fall. Pair these looks with your favorite jeans to keep it casual, or add one of these tribal-print accessories to an outfit that’s plain and simple to give it a punch of style. Just remember, when you’re wearing Southwestern styles, a little goes a long way — pick one piece for an outfit and leave it at that!

1. Negeen Coat by BB Dakota, Ruche, $115
2. Fair Isle Scarf, Sole Society, $35
3. Southwestern-Patterned Mini Clutch, Forever 21, $6
4. Rule of Thirds Necklace, ModCloth, $19
5. Brick Oven Lunch Date Top, ModCloth, $40
6. Durango Kachina Fringe Bag, Zappos, $150
7. TOMS Nepal Guatemalan Stripe Boot, Nordstrom, $98
8. Lawn’s Early Light Cardigan, ModCloth, $60
9. Fundamental Footwork Flat, ModCloth, $43
10. Celina Printed Tote Bag, Sole Society, $55
11. Leather and Stone Deco Necklace, Sole Society, $45
12. Southwestern Woven iPhone Case, rue21, $5


Do you like the Southwestern style trend? Which is your favorite item?
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Add apple recipes to your must-try fall menu

Fall trips to the apple orchard mean pounds and pounds of apples. No matter what your favorite variety — we adore snacking on the Honeycrisp — there are apple recipes galore to use before your apples go bad. Try one of these recipes that will have your kitchen smelling like fall, no matter what the temperature may be.

If you can’t get enough apples this fall, consider creating your own apple orchard birthday party.

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Savory apple recipes bursting with flavor

Maple glazed acorn squash with sausage, apple, and sage from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen — With protein sources and vegetables, you can absolutely justify having a glass of white wine to go with the splash needed for this fall beauty.

Stovetop apple bacon mac and cheese from Savory Nothings — One pot, bacon, and your choice of cheese make for the ultimate fall comfort food. If you’re unsure about which cheeses make the best mac and cheese, Nora has a few suggestions!

Turkey cheddar apple butter panini from Running to the Kitchen — Every lunch should be as lovely as this melty, cheesy panini paired with crisp apples. This is the perfect fall sandwich — and it’s simple to make.

Apple, bacon, and leek stuffed sweet potatoes from Shared Appetite — Besides bursting with fall flavors — and everyone’s favorite topping, bacon — these stuffed sweet potatoes are made using a slow cooker. Nothing is better than coming home to food that’s waiting for you.

Beet, butternut squash, and apple soup from Red Nails Green Veggies — Beets aid in digestion, and they provide the beautiful color of this warm, fall soup. Alena suggests topping with cashew sour cream, which sounds divine.

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Maple glazed acorn squash
Apple bacon mac and cheese
Turkey cheddar apple panini
Apple bacon sweet potatoes
Beet soup
Light Waldorf salad
Autumn wellness salad
Autumn harvest salad
Welcome fall harvest salad
Red wine apple bread
Caramel apple cake
Caramel apple pumpkin muffins
Apple streusel oatmeal bars
Caramel and chocolate dipped apples
Caramel apple cinnamon rolls
Crisp apples are perfect in salads

Light and fresh Waldorf salad from Edible Woman — Fall is known for comfort food, but sometimes you need something a little lighter on your menu. This salad is a fresh version of your favorite fall flavors.

Autumn wellness salad from Foolproof Living — Kale, pomegranate, and chia seeds are some of the autumn super foods in this flavorful salad. Adding super foods to your diet can help counter some of the sickness that seems to hit everyone each fall.

Autumn harvest salad from Little Spice Jar — This hearty, fall salad will keep you full for hours with its protein-packed ingredients. With the sweet dijon vinaigrette dressing, it’s a meal bursting with flavor.

Welcome fall harvest salad from Whole Foods Real Families — Butternut squash might be a bit tough to chop, but its fall flavor is worth it in the Welcome fall harvest salad. Add herbed chicken for a filling, complete meal that includes many of fall’s favorite flavors.

Apple recipes for sweet lovers

Red wine apple quick bread from Pretty/Hungry — This recipe had us at red wine. This simple bread uses red wine to add a spicy warmth to quick apple bread — and we can’t wait to try it!

Caramel apple cake from Sift & Whisk — Dense, moist, and bursting with flavor, this cake is the perfect dessert for your fall party. If you try it, we wouldn’t mind an invitation — we’re not going to turn down the chance to nosh on caramel swiss meringue buttercream.

Caramel apple pumpkin spice muffins from The Kitchen McCabe — Muffins are an acceptable breakfast food, even with the deliciousness of the salted caramel glaze atop the pumpkin spice muffins. Apples baked in caramel? Yes, please!

Apple streusel oatmeal bars from Whole Pure Recipes — Bursting with fall flavors, these granola bars combine the sweetness of streusel with apples, flax, and oatmeal. As a snack or quick breakfast-to-go, these bars will quickly become a family favorite.

Caramel and white chocolate dipped apples from A Million Moments — The crispness of apples pairs perfectly with caramel, and the addition of white chocolate make these a must-try dessert this fall. We fell in love with Jess’s gorgeous presentation of her dipped apples.

Caramel apple cinnamon rolls from Little Spice Jar — Marzia might keep things healthy with her Autumn harvest salad, but she knows how to find the sweetness of fall, too. Serve these cinnamon rolls warm for a special, fall breakfast treat.

Looking for an easy way to bring fall to your table decor? Try one of these 12 Gold fall decor DIY ideas.

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What’s hot in holiday cards for 2014

Every year, we see some fresh, new trends in holiday cards and, this year, as always, Minted hits them all. If you’re still deciding on your holiday card style, these sassy favorites will get you started. But, don’t wait too long to order them… it won’t be long until holiday cards from your loved ones will start popping up in your own mailbox!

Golden tones that sparkle and shine

 

Minted Holiday Cards

1. Watercolor Bunting Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards
2. Pebble Dot Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards
3. Bright Border Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards
4. Banner Wings Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards
5. Spirited Holiday Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards
6. Modern Dot Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards
7. Shine Like Gold Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards

Gold is in for holiday, in every way you can imagine, including for holiday cards. Minted takes gold and silver — and even rose gold — to the next level, offering pretty foil-pressed cards that truly sparkle and shine. At $198 for 100 cards (most foil-pressed holiday cards, not including extra add-ons), they are an investment, but one that you’ll be very proud to mail to family and friends this holiday season.

Minibook Cards: Not your average holiday card

 

Minted Holiday Cards

Not to be missed in the selection of Minted holiday cards are their Holiday Minibook Cards. We love this option for families who have recently had a baby and want to combine their birth announcement and holiday card into one. Or, if you just have too many fantastic photos of your sweet kiddos for a single holiday card!

Minted Holiday Cards

There is plenty of room in the Minted Holiday Minibook Cards to add the details about your family’s happenings over the past year or to include a little blurb about what each kid is up to. Go ahead and brag… these cards were made for it.

Pictured: 
Herringbone Holiday Minibook Cards

Give your envelopes a holiday makeover

 

Minted Holiday Cards

In true fashion of trying to make our lives as easy as possible during the holidays, Minted has introduced matching envelope designs for their holiday cards. The process is simple, as it always is with Minted — after you choose your Minted holiday cards, you select the “Printed” option for envelopes and pick your favorite design. From there, upload your address list and Minted takes care of the rest. Your cards will arrive on you front door already addressed. Just add a stamp, pop them in the mail and get back to what’s most important about the holiday season… your family!


Dish it! Have you ordered your holiday cards yet?
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Book club picks for even the most indecisive book clubs

Spike your apple cider and settle in for a fantastic book club discussion this month. November book club picks get in the autumn spirit with everything from books about the supernatural to stories about dysfunctional families that will leave you feeling a little better about the upcoming holiday stress.

book club picks

Stay awake at night with suspense stories

The Returned by Jason Mott gives a family a second chance at the life they imagined, when an older couple finds their eight-year-old son on their doorstep — a son they’d come to terms with losing many, many years ago (Barnes & Noble, $14). Jacob isn’t the only one who has returned, and families find themselves curious about what seems to be a miracle, even as events bring the world around them into chaos. If it sounds familiar, you may have seen the television series based on the novel, which premiered this fall.

The Hunger Games Trilogy isn’t supernatural, but the landscape of Panem offers a lot to fear in Mockingjay, the third novel in Suzanne Collins’ iconic books (Barnes & Noble, $8). Katniss Everdeen didn’t expect to be alive after she’s thrust into the Hunger Games for the second time. She made it through the worst the games could throw at her, only to find something worse looming outside of the arena.

The action-packed book is rife with political commentary, as Katniss realizes the role she needs to play in District 13’s rebellion against the Capitol. If you’ve already read the trilogy, re-read it before Mockingjay, Part 1 comes to theaters this month. Fans are already trying to guess at which point the movie will end, with the second part slated to come out in 2015.

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All families have their own brand of dysfunction

Your family’s summer vacations might not have the advantage of a private island, but E. Lockhart shows even the most privileged families have their issues inWe Were Liars (Barnes & Noble, $12). When Cadence returns to her mother’s summer home, after a summer spent with her dad in Europe and with a spotty case of amnesia arising from an accident that happened her last summer on the island, everything is different.

Her beloved cousins — and a close friend of the family who shares a rocky, romantic past with Cadence — won’t even spend time with their grandfather, or “the aunts”, at the family patriarch’s estate. Cadence struggles to reclaim her memory, and the secrets she might have learned about her family prior to her accident. A quick, mesmerizing read, We Were Liars will appeal to readers who love young adult lit — and readers who will love it after reading Lockhart’s novel.

If your book club loved This is Where I Leave Youmine definitely did! — you’ll love Jonathan Tropper’s One Last Thing Before I Go (Barnes & Noble, $11). Silver’s fractured family is about to get even more complicated. His ex-wife is getting re-married, and even Silver can’t quite decide to hate her new man, and his daughter announces her pregnancy on the cusp of her enrollment at an Ivy League school. Tropper does family dysfunction in the best possible way — couching heartbreak and cringe-worthy moments in the humor that makes families bearable.

book club picks for fall

Get empowered with a new memoir

Amy Poehler is the kind of mom you’d love to have in your book club. Funny, intelligent, and not afraid to laugh at herself, she gives off the impression that she’d be a fabulous addition to your wine-drinking, book-reading, belly-laughing, girls’ nights in. Since she’s not exactly easy to contact, you’ll have to make due with Yes Please (Barnes & Noble, $18). Like you might expect, Yes Please isn’t simply your typical memoir: there are lists, haikus, and stories running the gamut from her childhood to frank discussions about when she’s made a mess of things — and I don’t mean her kitchen.

If you don’t have a book club at the moment, consider our five tips for starting a book club

What are you reading this November?
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