The LAST TRAIN to KEY WEST by Chanel Cleeton – GIVEAWAY

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The third time is the charm with Chanel Cleeton’s new and third novel, THE LAST TRAIN to KEY WEST (Berkley). Once again we’re in Florida, but this time it’s 1935 and one of the worst hurricanes of all time barrels toward the Florida Keys. Three women’s lives will be changed forever.

For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.

After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leaves Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in HavanaMirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to her new husband, his illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.

Elizabeth Preston’s trip to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles after the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.

Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

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CHANEL

Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana and When We Left Cuba. Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

http://www.chanelcleeton.com

Thanks to Berkley Publishing we have one digital copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about summer. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

** IMPORTANT TIMELY BOOKS ON RACISM **

We share in the outrage and sorrow that has been felt by people around the world these past weeks following the murder of George Floyd. For many white people racism, discrimination, inequality and a profound disregard for human rights are no longer mere theoretical wrongdoings. For the first time in history the suffering of blacks is coming home for ALL of America.

We’ve listed some books that you might want to check out and engage in the current dialogue.

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13 DAYS IN FERGUSON by Ron Johnson

CHOKE HOLD: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler

DAUGHTER OF THE BOYCOTT: Carrying on a Montgomery Family’s Civil Rights Legacy by Karen Gray Houston

DYING of WHITENESS by Jonathan H. Metzel

EVERYWHERE YOU DON’T BELONG by Gabriel Bump

HOW TO BE AN ANTI-RACIST by Ibram X. Kendi

MR BROTHER MOOCHIE by Issac J. Bailey

RACISM WITHOUT RACISTS by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett

WHAT IT IS: Race, Family and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues by Clifford Thompson

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin Diangelo

WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

*** Order a copy of these books at your favorite local independent bookstore.

HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing – SPOTLIGHT

Author Samantha Downing thrilled readers with her debut novel, THE LOVELY WIFE. It won the Edgar Award and was called a must read by nearly all magazines last year. Now she’s out with her second novel, HE STARTED IT (Berkley) and its called “The thriller we’re most excited to stay up with all night.” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

​When I was a kid, my mom brought me to the library every two weeks. I checked out a stack of new books and new worlds. The best thing was becoming so absorbed in a book I couldn’t put it down. I walked around with it in front of my face, I took it to the bathroom, the kitchen, the book came with me wherever I went. I tripped, ran into walls and stubbed my toes because I never watched where I was going.

This is why I write. I want to tell stories that make people walk into walls

YOU CAN’T CATCH ME by Catherine McKenzie – Review & Giveaway

Catherine McKenzie new novel includes two things that give me nightmares: being part of a cult and having my identity ripped-off. Her new novel, YOU CAN’T CATCH ME (LakeUnionPublishing) includes both premises and will have you ripping through the pages to the very end.

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Do you want to play a game?

Twelve years ago Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence—until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.

Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players—one by one—for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…

Who will pay the price?

First thing I did when I finished this novel, was check all my credit cards and bank statements. I suggest you do the same. And I don’t believe in coincidences – never have, never will.

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she’s the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I’LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

In 2019, I’LL NEVER TELL was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Globe & Mail and Toronto Star Bestseller, was shortlisted for the Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction and was optioned for a television series by Paramount TV.

http://www.catherninemckenzie.com

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. This is Catherine’s tenth novel. Tell us which is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.


Catherine McKenzie includes two things that give me nightmares: being part of a cult and having my identity ripped-off. Her new novel, YOU CAN’T CATCH ME (LakeUnionPublishing) includes both premises and will have you ripping through the pages to the very end.

Do you want to play a game?

Twelve years ago Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it all behind her. Then, at an airport bar, Jessica meets a woman with an identical name and birth date. It appears to be just an odd coincidence—until a week later, when Jessica finds her bank account drained and her personal information stolen.

Following a trail of the grifter’s victims, each with the same name, Jessica gathers players—one by one—for her own game. According to her plan, they’ll set a trap and wait for the impostor to strike again. But plans can go awry, and trust can fray, and as Jessica tries to escape the shadows of her childhood, the risks are greater than she imagined. Now, confronting the casualties of her past, Jessica can’t help but wonder…

Who will pay the price?

First thing I did when I finished this novel, was check all my credit cards and bank statements. I suggestion you do the same.

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she’s the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I’LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

In 2019, I’LL NEVER TELL was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Globe & Mail and Toronto Star Bestseller, was shortlisted for the Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction and was optioned for a television series by Paramount TV.

http://www.catherninemckenzie.com

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. This is Catherine’s tenth novel. Tell us which is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

TANGLED IN IVY by Ashley Farley – Spotlight & Giveaway

From the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, comes Ashley Farley’s latest, TANGLED IN IVY … a novel that will capture your heart from the first page.

Lillian Alexander’s father is dying of cancer. When he rambles on in a morphine-delirium, Lillian can’t ignore the feeling he’s trying to tell her something. At his funeral days later, she encounters ghosts from her past who stir long-suppressed memories from the day her mother died twenty-seven years ago. Why, if her mother’s death was an accident, does Lillian harbor guilt, as though she were somehow to blame?

When Lillian and her twin sister, Layla, learn the Stoney family fortune is gone, Lillian fights to save her ancestral home on Charleston’s prestigious East Battery. Desperate to resolve her money problems and get answers to her questions about the past, she tears her father’s study apart in search of clues. She discovers a thumb drive in a hollowed-out hardback copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The thumb drive, marked For Lillian in his handwriting, contains her father’s memoir. Secluded in the family’s cottage on Wadmalaw Island, she immerses herself in her father’s account of his stormy relationship with her mother. What she learns sets her on a journey of self-discovery.

Tangled in Ivy is a tale of tortured souls and southern family dysfunction

Why I write

After my second child was born, I quit my job as a corporate travel agent and became the quintessential stay-at-home mom. When my children were little, I went on field trips and volunteered for every fundraiser the school organized. As the children grew older, I served on parents’ association boards and chaired leadership symposiums for the students. Somewhere along the line, my identity got lost in the identities of my children’s.

A part of my soul got buried with my brother’s body when he died of a drug overdose in 1999. I was a hot mess for many years after my brother’s death, stuck in a life that felt foreign to me. Unable to talk about my feelings, I turned to writing as a way of expressing my grief. I wrote Saving Ben in honor of Neal, the brother I worshipped, the man I could not save.

Not only was the writing therapeutic, enabling me to release the emotions I’d locked away for years, but the process of becoming an author, the classes I took online and the workshops I attended, helped me establish a new identity.

I have a life again, one that belongs only to me, that I don’t have to share with my husband or my children, although I love it when my daughter reads my novels. While Saving Ben is the coming-of-age story about a sister’s close relationship with her brother, Her Sister’s Shoes is a testament to my own midlife crisis. I turned fifty, became an empty nester, and celebrated my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary all in one year.

I portrayed some aspect of my life, some characteristic of my personality, in each of the Sweeney sisters. I shared my experiences dealing with aging parents through Lovie’s story. I’m so fortunate to have found a new career, to be able to accomplish my goals, even if those achievements are meaningful only to me.

Now, when I think about how I will live the rest of my life, I imagine the plots I will create and the characters I will bring to life. And, if I do my job well, the smiles on the faces of the readers I please.

Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours we have one copy of TANGLED IN IVY to giveaway. Just tell us what your favorite Ashley Farley novel is. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

PERFECTLY FAMOUS by Emily Liebert – Spotlight & Giveaway

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Pretty Revenge, Emily Liebert comes the story of a journalist obsessed with finding a crime novelist who disappears after a deadly attack on her beloved daughter.

As a mother and a famous author, Ward DeFleur has it all. She lives in a beautiful estate in picture-perfect Connecticut, along with her teenage daughter, Stevie, where nothing can go wrong. Until, one night, when Stevie is brutally murdered and Ward’s entire world is shattered. Consumed by panic and grief, Ward vows never to put pen to paper again.

Enter Bree Bennett.

Bree is a recently-divorced, former-journalist-cum-housewife, desperate to fill her days with something other than Pilates classes and grocery shopping. So she decides to start writing for the town newspaper. What begins as Bree’s effort to tell Ward’s tragic narrative turns into a fixation with finding her favorite author. Unfortunately, Ward doesn’t want to be found. Even worse, Stevie’s killer is still on the loose.

I’ve read several of Emily’s novels and this is my favorite. I love the two strong woman protagonists. It’s interesting to note that even the second tier woman characters are well-developed and strong. It’s one of the few suspense novels I’ve read where I didn’t figure out the ending before the book finished. Perfect to drop into your beach bag and head out to the pool or shore.

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USA Today bestselling author Emily Liebert was born and raised in New York City. She attended Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.

Emily is the author of five novels: YOU KNEW ME WHEN (2013), WHEN WE FALL (2014), THOSE SECRETS WE KEEP (2015), and SOME WOMEN (2016), all with Penguin Random House, and PRETTY REVENGE (2019) with Simon & Schuster.

In addition to writing novels, Emily pens a travel and books column in each issue of Westport Magazine, for which she’s the Books Correspondent. She also teaches Pure Barre classes and enjoys traveling and cooking. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two sons, Jax and Hugo, in Westport, CT. You can find her at www.emilyliebert.com.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us who your favorite author is and why. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU by Ellen Feldman – Spotlight & Giveaway

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PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU (StMartinGriffin) by Ellen Feldman is a story that’ll have you flipping pages which you won’t forget for a while.

Living through World War II working in a Paris bookstore with her young daughter, Vivi, and fighting for her life, Charlotte is no victim, she is a survivor. But can she survive the next chapter of her life?

Alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York publishing, Ellen Feldman’s Paris Never Leaves You is an extraordinary story of resilience, love, and impossible choices, exploring how survival never comes without a cost.

The war is over, but the past is never past.

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Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Terrible VirtueThe UnwittingNext to LoveScottsboro (shortlisted for the Orange Prize), The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (translated into nine languages), and Lucy. Her last novel, Terrible Virtue, was optioned by Black Bicycle for a feature film.

Ellen has lectured extensively around the country and in Germany and England, and enjoys talking to book groups in person, on the phone, or via the web.

She grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Bryn Mawr College, from which she holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history. After further graduate studies at Columbia University, she worked for a New York publishing house.

Ellen lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York, with her husband and a terrier named Charlie.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about Paris. If you’ve been there, share a story about your trip. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

** MUST READS ** MUST READS ** MUST READS ** MUST READS **

Weather is slowly changing… summer is just around the corner. Many of us find ourselves reading more during these uncertain times. Here’s a list COURTESY: BOOK BUB  http://www.bookbub.com  of books that’ll will keep you in the loop of what’s new and great to read out there.

It’s hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner. If you’re looking for some new reads as you usher in the warmer days of the year, or are curious about what books will be getting all the buzz, we’ve rounded up the best books summer 2020 has on tap! From fast-paced thrillers to heartwarming family sagas, these are the books we’ll be reading — and recommending — in the weeks ahead. Take a look at our recommendations for the best books of summer 2020!

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Rural Pennsylvania houses elite university Catherine House, known for shaping the world’s most successful people — names you would know anywhere. But when Ines Murillo trades her old party life for the promise of a brighter future at Catherine House, she’ll discover that the university’s confidential nature might hold dark secrets. This Gothic tale of suspense is laced with an elite glamour that will have you glued to the pages.

Release date: Out now

Fans of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy will be thrilled to hear there’s a prequel on its way. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes offers the backstory to one of our favorite villains — Coriolanus Snow. The story opens on the morning of the 10th annual Hunger Games with 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow preparing to be a mentor in the Games and restore honor to his family.

Release date: May 19

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When film showrunner Jo and her assistant Emma become tabloid fodder, the scandal threatens their careers and their future. But as the paparazzi pursues them and the two have to work even more closely on Jo’s film project, they start to realize that their friendship could lead to something more. Publishers Weekly calls this debut romantic comedy “a gem.”

Release date: May 26

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers comes a powerful multi-generational story about family relationships and the events that change our lives. The Vignes twin sisters chose different paths when they ran away from their southern black community at 16. As adults, their lives couldn’t be more different — but the sisters are about to cross paths again. This compelling story spans four decades, deftly exploring the history of race in America as it weaves an intimate portrait of two sisters and the ripple effects of their choices.

Release date: June 2

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Emily Giffin is back with a heartwarming tale of love and truth. Sitting alone in a New York City bar in the spring of 2001, Cecily Gardner forged a bond with a seemingly perfect stranger who disappeared the next morning. Months later, when she spots his photo on a a missing-person poster in the aftermath of September 11, Cecily sets out to discover who he really was — and whether the love they shared was real.

Release date: June 2

At the center of this story are two sisters — Thea, who marries the captain of the Nova Scotian merchant ship Morning Light, and her younger half-sister Kay. Mourning a pregnancy loss, Thea takes in a young boy from Micronesia, setting in motion a moral dilemma for Kay. This richly detailed story was inspired by true events and gives readers a vivid glimpse into a world of beauty and hardship, where prejudice and grace are often at odds. Readers who love complex historical fiction will want to put The Voyage of the Morning Light at the top of their list.

Release date: June 2

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Summer wouldn’t be complete without a new novel from Elin Hilderbrand! When Mallory Blessing learns she’s dying, she asks her son to reach out to her long-time lover, Jake McCloud, who she’s been meeting in secret since the summer of 1993. This poignant tale of forbidden love will leave readers thinking about the choices and memories that have defined their lives.

Release date: June 16

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The latest in Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date series, Party of Two tells the story of Alexa’s (from The Wedding Date) sister, Olivia Monroe. Sparks fly when ambitious attorney Olivia moves to LA and meets equally ambitious junior senator Max Powell. Keeping their dating life under wraps makes for some sexy — and silly — interludes, but can Olivia and Max’s relationship survive once they go public? With lovable characters and a romantic comedy setup, this novel promises all the things we love about Guillory’s books.

Release date: June 23

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When the heat of summer has us longing for winter, we’ll be ready to sink into the last book in the Hidden Iceland series. Ragnar Jonasson’s dark and twisted Scandinavian thriller centers on the events that happened during a brutal snowstorm in 1987. Detective Hulda will be driven to the brink of madness to solve a mystery that will always haunt him.

Release date: June 23

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We can’t resist a pulse-pounding woman-on-the-run thriller and Julie Clark’s The Last Flight fits the bill. Claire and Eva are two women desperate for a new life. A random encounter in an airport leads to an impulsive decision — they’ll switch places and give each other a head start on starting over. But when Claire’s plane to Puerto Rico goes down with Eva on it, Claire finds herself assuming Eva’s identity and dealing with secrets that aren’t hers to keep.

Release date: June 23

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We were utterly charmed by Talia Hibbert’s 2019 romantic comedy Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so we can’t wait to get our hands on the second book in her Brown Sisters series. PhD student Danika Brown is too busy with her career to worry about romance, but when a misunderstanding leads to a viral video, she finds herself playing girlfriend to handsome rugby player turned security guard, Zafir Ansari. Will their fake romance lead to real love?

Release date: June 23

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Even if our travel plans don’t pan out this summer, we can always count on Beatriz Williams to sweep us away to another place — and another time. This time, the setting is the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 1947, where photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett goes to research the biography of a celebrate aviator. Along the way, she finds herself pursuing the truth about an unsolved aviation mystery.

Release date: June 30

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The author of Crazy Rich Asians returns with a frothy, effervescent treat. Kwan’s newest romp centers on Lucie Churchill, a Chinese-American woman torn between the man her family loves and George Zao, a man she doesn’t want to fall in love with. From the vacation spots of the ultra-wealthy to the Upper East side of Manhattan, Sex and Vanity is a delightful tale of a woman caught between two cultures.

Release date: June 30

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Since the release of A Head Full of Ghostshorror fans have known Paul Tremblay is a name to watch. In his newest novel, a rabies-like virus is claiming victims at an incredible rate — and Natalie, an eight-months pregnant friend of pediatrician Ramola “Rams” Sherman, has been bitten. Natalie’s only hope for saving her life and that of her unborn baby’s is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible. This is one promises a terrifying tale we’ll plan to read in the light of day.

Release date: July 7

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The latest from the author of RoomThe Pull of the Stars centers on three women whose lives become intertwined during a deadly pandemic. It’s 1918 in Dublin and nurse Julia Power, doctor Kathleen Lynn, and volunteer Bridie Sweeney are doing their best to help their patients — expectant mothers quarantined with the new flu. This historical fiction novel is sure to pack an emotional punch.

Release date: July 21

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Semi-retired librarian Eva Traube Abrams happens upon a photo of a book she recognizes, an 18th-century religious text she knows as The Book of Lost Names. The book holds a code only Eva knows — a code that could reunite families separated during World War II. Based on true events, this moving novel will resonate with readers who love World War II stories about courage, survival and resilience.

Release date: July 21

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My Brilliant Friend author Elena Ferrante’s characters stay with us long after we finish one of her exquisite novels and The Lying Life of Adults promises to do the same. In this evocative and moving novel, Giovanna is a young woman in Naples, caught between the cultured refinement and excesses of a divided city. Ferrante’s richly detailed tale of self-discovery reflects the heights and depths of a city — and a woman — in flux.

Release date: September 1

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From the author of the profound and brilliant Homegoing comes a powerful immigrant tale about science, religion, and love. Centering on a Ghanaian family living in Alabama, Transcendent Kingdom is the story of Gifty, a PhD candidate in neuroscience at Stanford, whose life is steeped in science and reason even while she longs for her childhood faith in salvation. Gyasi weaves a portrait of a family in turmoil, struggling to overcome the pain and suffering of addiction, depression, and profound loss.

Release date: September 8

PUBLISHER’S LUNCH BUZZ BOOKS Fall/Winter 2020

BUZZ BOOKS, Great Reads Fall/Winter 2020

Last week, Publisher’s Lunch introduced some bloggers, reviewers and editors to their BUZZ BOOKS Fall/Winter 2020 catalog. We got some of the inside scoop on the books making the most buzz this fall and some facts about the authors.

SET MY HEART TO FIVE, Simon Stephenson, Hanover Square Press, Pub. date: September 1st

SET MY HEART TO FIVE by Simon Stephenson has been called one of those “just trust me books.” If you’re not into bots and sci-fi you have to give this novel a little wiggle room to get to the heart of the story and it’ll be worth it. It’s 2054: A human like bot named Jared’s emotional awakening leads him on an emotional quest for connection, belonging and possibly true love. But what makes him stand apart from humans is that he’s unable to have feelings. “So I tell the human being that they can think of me as a microwave with feet.” Jared has experiences that “bamboozle” him. SET MY HEART TO FIVE is a heartfelt story about what it is like to be human.

Author, Simon Stephenson is quick to share he was chosen as one of the 44 most eligible bachelors in Scotland. Given that it is a very small country and there were only a total of 45 bachelors, this was not a compliment but in fact a well-crafted insult.

MEMORIAL by Bryan Washington, Riverhead Books, Pub. date: October 6th.

Benson and Michael are two young guys who live in Houston. Michael is a Japanese/American chef and Benson is black care teacher.
They’ve been living together for a few years, but now question their relationship.
“The thing about a moving train, is that, sometimes, you can catch it. … If you fall, you’re dead. If you’re too slow, you’re dead. But if you get a running start, it’s not entirely gone.”
Michael’s father is sick in Japan so he travels to see him while his mother travels to Houston where she ends up being an unlikely roommate with Benson.
Both men will change in ways that make them stronger together, fracture everything they know.
MEMORIAL is a funny story about family in all its strange forms.

Author, Bryan Washington regularly writes for THE NEW YORKER. He’s written about an obsession with soondubu Jiagae, bread pudding and the comfort of queer baking.
WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE by Becky Cooper, Grand Central Publishing, Pub. date: Nov 10th.

WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE is a true crime narrative of the January 7, 1969 unsolved murder of Jane Britton at the prestigious institution Harvard. Author Cooper’s “haunted by the very things that made her love Harvard. It’s seduction, limitless also made it a very convincing villain.” The book questions whether Harvard covered up the murder or allowed the murderer stay on its faculty. Becky’s work and research on this book motivated investigators to take a look at this coldcase 50 years later.

Author, Becky Cooper told editor, David Remick she was leaving THE NEW YORKER to go on a dig in the middle of summer, he said, “Is that how much you hate me?”
BEFORE THE RUINS by Victoria Gosling, Henry Holt, Pub date: May 6, 2021

Four people on the verge of adulthood. One fateful night at an old manor. The search for a necklace stolen 50 years ago. Deception – betrayal. One of the four goes missing. Is the game bigger than the secrets?

Author, Victoria Gossling says in her early 20s, she was arrested in Tibet for Hitch-hiking in a forbidden area while doing her best Ernest Heminway impression.

THE PUSH, Ashley Audrain, Pamela Dorman Books, Pub. date: Jan 5, 2021

A tense psychological page turning drama making and breaking a family. A woman whose motherhood is nothing she expected and everything she feared.

“I don’t want this to happen to anyone,” she whispers to nobody. I was exhausted . You were standing two feet away drinking the water the nurse had bought for me, I couldn’t keep it down.”

“You don’t want what to happen?

“The baby?”

“You mean the birth?”

“No, I mean the baby.”

She tried very hard to be the woman she was expected to be. A good wife. A good mother. Everything seemed like it would be just fine.

Only it wasn’t.

WE RUN WITH THE TIDES, Vendala Vida, ECCO, Pub. date: Feb. 9, 2021

WE RUN WITH THE TIDES is a story of a place, the very wealthy area of Sea Cliff in San Francisco and a group of people on the brink of transformation.
“And most importantly because we are 13 and attend an all-girls school, we know where all the boys are.”
Pre-tech boom San Francisco finds its mirrors in the changing lives of teenage girls at the center of this story of lost innocense – the pain of too much freedom and the struggle to find ones authentic self.
The four of us Maria Fabiola, Faith , Julia and I own the streets of Sea Cliff, but it’s Maria Fabiola and I who know the beaches best.

Vendala is co-founder of BELIEVER, a literary and arts review published by McSweeney’s, and co-edited it for 15 years.

You have plenty of time to pre-order your copies of these books. Early sales help authors in their standings. So look up your favorite local independent book store and place an order. Happy reading!

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#Memorial @BryanWashington #RiverheadBooks

#WeKeepTheDeadClose @Becky Cooper #GrandCentralPublishing

#BeforeTheRuins @VictoriaGosgling #HenryHolt

#ThePush @AshleyAudrain @PamelaDromanBooks

#WeRunTheTides @VendalaVideo #Ecco

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QUEEN of THE OWLS by Barbara Linn Probst – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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“There’s something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.”

QUEEN of THE OWLS, page 146

This summer there’s a book that is quietly getting so much buzz, readers can’t ignore it. Barbara Linn Probst’s debut, QUEEN OF THE OWLS (SheWritesPress) is being heralded as a must read by PopSugar.com to Bustle.com and Parade Magazine. QUEEN of THE OWLS challenges every woman to explore and find her authentic self.

Elizabeth is a professor studying the Hawaii paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Her time on the Islands transforms O’Keeffe’s life through her body, not just her eyes or painting. Elizabeth’s examination of O’Keeffe’s life as a painter during that time takes a hold of her resulting in Elizabeth making some very un-Elizabeth choices. These actions have consequences including her family relationships and profession. In the end, Elizabeth comes out a stronger woman.

I was initially excited to read this novel, because  I love O’Keeffe’s paintings. I wasn’t aware of her Hawaii paintings and what they represented. But QUEEN of THE OWLS is so much more than a story about Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings.  It had me questioning how I feel I’m seen as a woman in the world and even by my family. The book felt like a call to action. It dared me to be honest with myself and question what it means to be a woman. Georgia O’Keeffe wrote, “You get whatever accomplishment you’re willing to declare.” That’s strength.

I look forward to what Barbara writes next.

Barbara’s words:

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I’ve embraced many sides of life. I’ve been a teacher, therapist, qualitative researcher, educational advocate, “serious amateur” pianist, and full-time mom. I’ve run a not-for-profit organization, mentored PhD students, counseled families, done webinars and radio interviews on how to nurture out-of-the-box children, and much more!

I’ve had many homes. I’ve lived in a cabin in the California redwoods, a firehouse, a converted sauna in the heart of Greenwich Village—and lots of places in-between. I now live on a historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley.

I’ve looked and listened. I’ve traveled from Iceland to Israel, Scotland to Spain. I’ve spent time in Italy, Egypt, Costa Rica, Turkey, France, and along the backpacking trails of the U.S. and Canada.

I’ve spoken up. I’ve given talks to dozens of parent groups, professional organizations, and academic conferences all over the country. Here are some of my presentations.

Through all of it, I’ve never stopped writing.

http://www.barbaralinnprobst.com

Thanks to Barbara we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about yourself. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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