BookTrib http://booktrib.com Find New Novels to Read on Booktrib Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:07:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GIVEAWAY: Win This Graphic Novel Extravaganza! http://booktrib.com/2016/09/giveaway-win-this-graphic-novel-extravaganza/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/giveaway-win-this-graphic-novel-extravaganza/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:07:43 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252290 Calling all comic book and graphic novel fans! We’ve got the mother lode of giveaways right here with these eight graphic novels. *Note: A few of these novels release on November 1. The winner will be notified in October, but the prize will not be shipped until Nov. 1 release day.           […]]]>

Calling all comic book and graphic novel fans! We’ve got the mother lode of giveaways right here with these eight graphic novels.

*Note: A few of these novels release on November 1. The winner will be notified in October, but the prize will not be shipped until Nov. 1 release day.
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The Top 10 October Books to Give You Fall Feelings http://booktrib.com/2016/09/the-top-10-october-books-to-give-you-fall-feelings/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/the-top-10-october-books-to-give-you-fall-feelings/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:20:39 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252176 October is finally here! Which means fall is officially here, with orange and yellow trees lining the streets, pumpkins gracing every doorstep, and apples turning red on their branches. It also means Halloween, which is – objectively – the best holiday ever. Because October is so great, there are tons of awesome books getting published this […]]]>

October is finally here! Which means fall is officially here, with orange and yellow trees lining the streets, pumpkins gracing every doorstep, and apples turning red on their branches. It also means Halloween, which is – objectively – the best holiday ever.

Because October is so great, there are tons of awesome books getting published this month. From creepy reads to preemptive Christmas-themed romances, October is shaping up to be a reader’s dream. There’s also no better time of year to snuggle up on the couch with a good book, pumpkin spice latte in hand.

For a little autumn reading inspiration, here are 10 of our favorite new releases hitting shelves in October:

Crimson Death (Anita Black: Vampire Hunter Series, Book 25), Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley, October 11, 2016)

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This is the 25th book in Hamilton’s successful series about vampire hunter (and vampire lover) Anita Black. Seriously: Twenty. Five. Books. And each one is better than the last, which is why we can’t wait for Crimson Death to hit shelves. This time the focus is on Anita’s vampire servant Damien, who’s forced to confront his past in order to help Anita stop a horde of rogue vampires.

Today Will be Different, Maria Semple (Little Brown and Company, October 4, 2016)

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Semple follows her bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadette with a novel about a woman on the brink who’s determined to make it all work. Today. But when everything falls apart, she’s forced to confront the past, some buried secrets, and just what it means to ‘have it all.’

Children of Eden, Joey Graceffa (Atria/Keywords Press, October 4, 2016)

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Though only 25, Graceffa is already a bestselling memoirist and a YouTube star who’s beloved my millions. In his first work of fiction, he’s created a young adult world where the earth is destroyed and the remaining humans live in the protected Eden. But population control is strict, making Rowan — a second-born child — an outlaw who must be kept hidden from authorities. Desperate to experience life, Rowan “escapes” her home, only to face the harsh realities of a world that she was never supposed to be born into.

The Trespasser, Tana French (Viking, October 4, 2016)

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Detective Antoinette Conway is new to the Murder squad and is having a hard time with the department’s pranks, harassment, and general disdain. When she gets assigned to a new case, she’s pressured to solve it fast and simply. But Antoinette knows there’s more to the murder of Aislinn Murray than an angry boyfriend, and she’s determined to figure out the truth.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor Series, Book 2, Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion, October 4, 2016)

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Riordan is the reigning-king of adventurous middle grade novels, and his latest is a continuation of his new The Hammer of Thor series. With Thor’s hammer missing yet again, Magnus Chase and his rag-tag group of friends have to find it before all hell breaks loose, which unfortunately means dealing with Loki, the ultimate trickster of all.

Hungry Heart, Jennifer Weiner (Atria Books, October 11, 2016)

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Known for her heartfelt contemporary novels, Weiner tackles creative nonfiction in this smart — and just as heartfelt! — collection of essays. Weiner isn’t one to shy away from speaking her mind, and this collection pries deep into her experiences as a writer, a mother, a wife, a daughter, and everything it means to be a modern woman.

Kept: The Enforcers Series, Book 3, Maya Banks (Berkley, October 25, 2016)

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The previous two books in Banks’ The Enforcers series were scorchingly hot, so we have high hopes for Kept. Drake and Evangeline have already been through so much, and their relationship is definitely not smooth-sailing. Kept promises some answers to Drake’s behavior, as well as a deeper look into his dark and mysterious world.

The Midnight Star: Young Elites Series, Book 3, Marie Lu (G.P Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, October 11, 2016)

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We know that fans of Lu are dying to get their hands on this thrilling conclusion to her popular A Young Elites series. Adelina Amouteru has never been an easy character, which is largely part of her appeal. That darkness is still present, fueled by her success, and (along with some unforeseen dangers) threatens to take her over in this final installment.

The Christmas Wish, Nora Roberts (Silhouette, October 18, 2016)

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What’s even better than a Nora Roberts novel? Two of them! Which is what you get in this charming Christmas romance set from the most popular romance writer around. In All I Want for Christmas, two young twin boys are determined to find a new wife for their single dad, while in First Impressions, two new neighbors find it impossible to stay away from each other.

The ABC’s of LGBT+, Ashley Mardell (Mango, October 25, 2016)

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Just like Graffeca, Mardell also has a YouTube channel, this one devoted to LGBT+ related topics, fun challenges or just interesting aspects of her life. In her nonfiction book, Mardell dives into the, well, ABC’s of everything LGBT+. Aimed at teens, but meant for readers of any age, this charmingly informative book is filled with personal stories, resources and important answers to questions that anyone has about what it means to live in a post-binary world.

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‘The Pie Life’: Samantha Ettus Teaches You How to Juggle the Contemporary Woman’s Life http://booktrib.com/2016/09/the-pie-life-samantha-ettus-teaches-you-how-to-juggle-the-contemporary-womans-life/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/the-pie-life-samantha-ettus-teaches-you-how-to-juggle-the-contemporary-womans-life/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:55:58 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252193 Win a copy of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction by Samantha Ettus below! For most of us ladies, getting up and going to work every morning is a way of life. Whether that means you’re single and working overtime to pay your rent or mortgage, or you’re married sharing half of […]]]>

Win a copy of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction by Samantha Ettus below!

51HZmOcTsuL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_For most of us ladies, getting up and going to work every morning is a way of life. Whether that means you’re single and working overtime to pay your rent or mortgage, or you’re married sharing half of the bills with your significant other, or you’re the one in the household bringing in the bulk of the income supporting you, your spouse and your kid(s). And let’s be honest, once you add children into the mix, the stress levels skyrocket. So how do you balance work life with a hectic home life and ensure success and satisfaction for you and your family?

Samantha Ettus is here to help. Her latest book, The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe For Success and Satisfaction (Ghost Mountain Books, September 27, 2016) takes a look at the complexities of juggling work and life and finding a way to let go of that nagging guilt. So how do you thrive in 2016 as a working woman and a parent? Ettus is taking the 1950s pie approach — but just not in the way that you might be thinking!

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She’s taking you out of the kitchen (for the moment!) and placing you in real life situations, where the pie symbol will actually help you understand and achieve the balance you’re craving (See what I did there?!). Divided into six or seven slices that comprise the contemporary woman’s life today, Ettus is tackling career, children, health, relationship, community, friends and hobbies. Essentially, everything you need to be happy and healthy in life.

Broken up into three sections — the third being your slices — this complete guide also covers the prep work to achieve your happiness: envisioning your dreams and creating that “pie in the sky.” As well as the tools you’ll need to help with finding Mr. Right and identifying where work life ends and home life begins. These can be some difficult areas to conquer, but luckily Ettus brings along some help from TV queen Shonda Rhimes. But she’s not the only powerhouse female sharing personal stories. Throughout the book you’ll find words of wisdom and encouragement from hundreds of women including Gayle King, Anne Fulenwider and Liz Lange.

The Pie Life is the perfect book to reinvigorate your life and really give you the guidance you need to take control of your happiness. Ettus brilliantly details the current struggles working women face both in career and in life, and offers the necessary steps to cruise straight through the stress. Look no further, you’ve got questions and rest assured, Ettus has the answers.

2 READERS WILL WIN a copy of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction

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6 Unique Facts about Ransom Riggs’ ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/6-unique-facts-about-ransom-riggs-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/6-unique-facts-about-ransom-riggs-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:12:59 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252158 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits theaters on September 30, and we can’t wait to watch the film. Creepy, cool and filled with adventure, the movie is directed by Tim Burton (yay!) and stars Eva Green as Miss Peregrine. I mean, just look at how awesome the trailer is: The movie is based on a bestselling […]]]>

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits theaters on September 30, and we can’t wait to watch the film. Creepy, cool and filled with adventure, the movie is directed by Tim Burton (yay!) and stars Eva Green as Miss Peregrine. I mean, just look at how awesome the trailer is:

The movie is based on a bestselling young adult book series written by Ransom Riggs, and it’s about a young boy named Jacob who discovers a secret world of special children. The books combine eerie photographs and creepy Victorian imagery to create a world that feels like it’s forever stuck in the past. Which is why we can’t think of a better director than Burton to take on this tale of the peculiar.

For more info about the film and the books, here are six Miss Peregrine facts that you definitely need to know before the movie is released on Friday:

  1. There are Four Books – and Counting! – in the Bestselling Series

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  1. “Peculiarities” are Actually Special Powers

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  1. The Books Use Real-life Vintage Photographs

pergrines3The best parts of the novels are the eerie photographs nestled within their pages. Even better? Each of the photos are 100 percent real and collected by the author (see more on that below!). From children dressed as clowns in all white makeup to black-haired twins with their backs to the camera, each photo inspires a character or a chapter — and each one is creepier than the last.

 

 

 

 

  1. Samuel L. Jackson’s Character Doesn’t Exist in the Book

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In the film version, Jackson plays Mr. Barren, the leader of the Wights (evolved hollowgasts) who wants to destroy all of the Peculiars. But his character doesn’t exist in the books at all! There are a few other changes from the movies to books as well: in the books, Emma is Jacob’s love interest, and her peculiarity is fire. Olive, another of the Peculiar Children, has a peculiarity of air, and she’s so light that she has to be weighted down so that she doesn’t float away. Their powers are swapped in the movie.

 

 

 

  1. Miss Peregrine’s School is also a Graphic Novel

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In October 2013, artist Cassandra Jean and author Riggs published the first book in the series as a graphic novel. The story stays the same, this time told through original, detailed artwork by Jean. Here’s hoping they’ll decide to turn the rest of the series into graphic novels as well.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Author Riggs is a Photographer and a Filmmaker

Riggs actually went to film school, and he has a love of photography and short films. He also collects vintage photographs, which is what inspired Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children in the first place. Here’s a short film he made about that love, and what he looks for in an old photo:

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Parenting is Tough: ‘Listen’ Helps Build a Roadmap to a Happier, Healthier Family http://booktrib.com/2016/09/parenting-is-tough-listen-helps-build-a-roadmap-to-a-happier-healthier-family/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/parenting-is-tough-listen-helps-build-a-roadmap-to-a-happier-healthier-family/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:34:09 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252234 Any parent will tell you, raising children is a lot of work and one of the most challenging jobs anyone could take on in life. The rewards, of course, highly outweigh the tough times, but it’s just not easy. That’s why there are books upon books dedicated to helping you raise your child(ren). Some are […]]]>

41MpoDXnZPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Any parent will tell you, raising children is a lot of work and one of the most challenging jobs anyone could take on in life. The rewards, of course, highly outweigh the tough times, but it’s just not easy. That’s why there are books upon books dedicated to helping you raise your child(ren). Some are better than others, some are more effective for different types of families; it’s really all about what works for you and what doesn’t because every child is different.

Enter Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore, M.A., the authors of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges (Hand in Hand Parenting, August 23, 2016). Wipfler and Schore set up a fool-proof way to help you get through the tough side of parenting that no one really tells you about, emerging stronger, happier and healthier.

Meant for even the busiest of parents, Listen begins with a quick overview of how to get the most out of the steps provided. Then, the book is broken down into four sections, A New Perspective on Parenting, Your Powerful Parenting Toolbox, Solutions To Your Everyday Challenges, and Our Future, Connected, covering everything from setting limits to morning routines and mealtimes to what to do when a child rejects a parent and the ins and outs of handling siblings.

Let’s face it, every parent handles each situation differently. Every family has completely personal and unique issues. What this book doesn’t do is make you feel like you must be the cookie-cutter family to get the most benefit out of reading it. What this book does do is help you to realize that it’s OK to experience the trials and tribulations of raising a family. Those everyday challenges can add up, creating what seems like a mountain of problems to overcome. But with a little compassion and just simply listening, you’d be surprised how quickly you can turn around a stressful time in both yours and your child’s life.

Self-help books aren’t always everyone’s cup of tea, but Listen escapes the self-help stigma by really digging in deep with every topic imaginable instead of skimming over what could or could not work in specific situations. With stories and examples from parents, followed by an explanation of the situation and what did or did not help, this comprehensive parenting book is one that you’ll want to read again and again.

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VIDEO: Interview with Fox News Commentator Lis Wiehl, Author of The Candidate (A Newsmaker Novel) http://booktrib.com/2016/09/video-interview-with-fox-news-commentator-lis-wiehl-author-of-the-candidate-a-newsmaker-novel/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/video-interview-with-fox-news-commentator-lis-wiehl-author-of-the-candidate-a-newsmaker-novel/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:58:49 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252224 How far will a candidate go to become president? Erica Sparks—America’s top-rated cable-news host—is about to find out. Mike Ortiz is a dynamic war hero favored to win the White House. Standing by his side is his glamorous and adoring wife, Celeste. But something about this seemingly perfect couple troubles Erica. Is Celeste really who she […]]]>

How far will a candidate go to become president? Erica Sparks—America’s top-rated cable-news host—is about to find out.

Mike Ortiz is a dynamic war hero favored to win the White House. Standing by his side is his glamorous and adoring wife, Celeste. But something about this seemingly perfect couple troubles Erica. Is Celeste really who she seems? And most importantly, what really happened in that squalid Al-Qaeda prison where Mike Ortiz spent nine months?

But more than the nation’s future is at stake. Erica’s relentless search for the truth puts the life of her preteen daughter Jenny in danger, even as Erica’s own dark past threatens to overtake her.

In her latest Newsmakers thriller, NewYork Times bestselling author and Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl weaves a taut and chilling story. The Candidate is packed with political intrigue and media manipulation as the lust for power turns deadly indeed.

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wiehll_portraitLIS WIEHL is a New York Times bestselling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor.  A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears weekly on The O’Reilly Factor, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Imus in the Morning, Kelly’s Court, and more.

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Naya Rivera’s Insider Look at Glee; Langston Hughes Banned in Texas Prisons; Most Challenged Books of 2016 http://booktrib.com/2016/09/book-news-roundup-naya-riveras-insider-look-at-glee-langston-hughes-banned-in-texas-prisons-most-challenged-books-of-2016/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/book-news-roundup-naya-riveras-insider-look-at-glee-langston-hughes-banned-in-texas-prisons-most-challenged-books-of-2016/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:59:18 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252200 Welcome back to our mid-week book news roundup, where we find the most interesting and noteworthy happenings in the book world and share it with you! In honor of Banned Books Week, we have a few stories featuring diversity and tough topics, check them out below: Langston Hughes and Bob Dole Books Banned in Texas […]]]>

Welcome back to our mid-week book news roundup, where we find the most interesting and noteworthy happenings in the book world and share it with you! In honor of Banned Books Week, we have a few stories featuring diversity and tough topics, check them out below:

Langston Hughes and Bob Dole Books Banned in Texas Prisons

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Langston Hughes, by Winold Reiss. (AP Photo/National Portrait Gallery)

Texas prisons are doing the unthinkable, they’re banning books! And if you’re one of the inmates there, you’re not going to be allowed to read anything you want, ya know, like Bob Dole or Harriet Beecher Stowe. Why? Well, The Guardian reports that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is banning nearly 15,000 books from the correctional facilities it operates, including books by Langston Hughes, but Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is totally OK. Hmmm… that seems somewhat backwards. This alarming news comes smack dab in the middle of Banned Books Week, where books that are censored are celebrated. Seems like Texas prisons didn’t get the memo that diversity is in, and Nazis are out.

To read more about the Texas prison ruling, click here.

58 of the Most Challenged Books featuring Diverse Content

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Speaking of Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read is getting a whole lot more diverse as opposed to earlier years. It’s truly the year of celebrating diversity, and it seems the titles being challenged and/or banned are ones that feature content including LGBTQIA, people of color, people with disabilities, religious minorities, gender diversity and more. It’s crazy to see the shift, and that in the year 2016, we are censoring very real issues that have no business being banned, or even challenged. To give you an idea of what we’re up against, here’s a list of BannedBooksWeek.org’s Frequently Challenged Books with Diverse Content:

  1. A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
  2. A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich by Alice Childress
  3. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
  4. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by  Sherman Alexie
  5. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
  6. Always Running by Luis J Rodriguez
  7. Am I Blue?:  Coming Out from the Silence by Marion Dane Baue
  8. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  9. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  10. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

To view the whole list, click here.

Naya Rivera Shares Personal Stories and an Insider Look at Glee

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Do any of you remember Glee? A musical comedy by Ryan Murphy (the same guy who brought us the twisted world of American Horror Story), about a group of ambitious and talented teens in search for their lifelong dreams, their voice and ultimately acceptance among their peers? Well, I do. I used to watch this show religiously, until they started taking on too many issues and it just seemed disingenuous. But enough about that. News alert! Former Glee star Naya Rivera has been up to a whole lot since we last saw her at McKinley High. In her new book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up (TarcherPerigee, September 13, 2016) she writes about a number of personal subjects, including the death of her co-star Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in 2013. Rivera delves into why timing is everything in this new book, which can be considered an insider perspective on the show’s success, and the events surrounding Monteith’s death, Mark Salling’s trial, and Lea Michele’s grief after losing a costar and lover.

To read more about Naya Rivera’s new book on Yahoo.com, click here.

Is there any book related news you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

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Who’s Whispering Sweet Nothings in the President’s Ear? http://booktrib.com/2016/09/whos-whispering-sweet-nothings-in-the-presidents-ear/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/whos-whispering-sweet-nothings-in-the-presidents-ear/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:45:38 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252199 In Dr. Lauren A. Wright’s latest book, On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today (Praeger, April 18, 2016), she argues that first ladies are far more than a decorative political spouse, but rather an essential team player who is mobilized to enhance the public reputation of a presidential candidate and their […]]]>

A5146C-Wright-HIRESOLU (2)In Dr. Lauren A. Wright’s latest book, On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today (Praeger, April 18, 2016), she argues that first ladies are far more than a decorative political spouse, but rather an essential team player who is mobilized to enhance the public reputation of a presidential candidate and their policy agenda and, according to her data, they make a profound influence on public opinion. No first lady better typifies this than Michelle Obama who made more speeches and public appearances in her first six years than any other presidential spouse in history.

The book also documents the growing presence of the presidents’ wives in the communications strategies of the last three administrations (Clinton, Bush and Obama) and explores how the first lady serves to persuade public opinion, make personal appeals to the public on behalf of the president, and promote initiatives that support administration policies. More now, than at any other time in history, the first lady now bears responsibilities tantamount to a high-ranking cabinet member.

In a recent interview in Parade Magazine, Dr. Wright discusses the fact that if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States, his wife, Melania Trump, will be only the second first lady to be born outside of the United States. “It could be an asset. Melania Trump has the immigrant experience to share that so many Americans have had. She also speaks five languages, has traveled widely and didn’t start out in life with the financial and professional resources that the Trump children did. So she can relate to Americans on that level, too,” and, “she should not be underestimated.”

Dr. Wright on Bill Clinton:

hillbill_treatment2There is substantial scientific evidence that Bill Clinton may be able to do for Hillary Clinton what presidential spouses have done for decades on the campaign trail and in the White House: generate support for Hillary Clinton among undecided voters and the opposite party by drawing on personal knowledge to soften her image, vouch for her character, and describe the kind of president she would be. The former president has been advocating for Mrs. Clinton in ways that humanize her, build up her character and vouch for her ability to lead people through “first-hand” accounts, yet keeping away from in-depth policy discussions.

In one round of survey experiments conducted by Dr. Wright, she found Bill Clinton actually hurts Hillary Clinton’s favorability among Democrats who see a picture of him beside Hillary Clinton (compared to Democratic respondents who saw Hillary Clinton pictured alone) but helps her favorability substantially among Republicans, especially Republican men and especially when the question is: Does Hillary Clinton “care about people like me,” “is she honest” and “is she down to earth?” In other words, on these same questions of character that spouses have historically been very effective at shaping.

The results indicate that Bill Clinton could be a tremendous asset in the general election, when independents and some members of the opposite party must be swayed when possible.

“The bottom line,” says Dr. Wright, “is I think spouses need to be as involved as possible—it is very difficult for a spouse to detract from a candidate’s image at this stage in the game and very easy for them to add to it in a positive way.”

Dr. Wright’s op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle titled, “Trump’s problem isn’t just himself: It’s his party,” was posted on September 26, 2016.

 

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Lauren W. Wright, Ph.D., is the author of On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today (Praeger, 2016) and a member of the board of the White House Transition Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zodiac Reads: The Perfect Books For Peacemaking Libras http://booktrib.com/2016/09/zodiac-reads-the-perfect-books-for-peacemaking-libras/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/zodiac-reads-the-perfect-books-for-peacemaking-libras/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:23:22 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=251630 Even for the strongest non-believers, it’s hard to deny how fun astrology can be. Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t at least want to know to their horoscope for the month? We didn’t think so. Personally, we love astrology here at BookTrib, regardless if you’re a passionate Aries, a romantic Cancer, or an imaginative Libra. Speaking […]]]>

Even for the strongest non-believers, it’s hard to deny how fun astrology can be. Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t at least want to know to their horoscope for the month? We didn’t think so. Personally, we love astrology here at BookTrib, regardless if you’re a passionate Aries, a romantic Cancer, or an imaginative Libra.

Speaking of Libras, since we’re firmly in Libra territory (September 23 to October 23), and yes, we are going to pretend that NASA did NOT add a sign to the zodiac, we figured it was time to celebrate our justice-loving, peacemaking brothers and sisters.

So for all of you late September to October babies out there, here are eight books guaranteed to appeal to any Libra:

It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover (Atria Books, August 2, 2016)

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Since Libras struggle with making decisions, we’re sure they can relate to Lily, a girl with a difficult past who’s at the heart of Hoover’s latest novel. As a successful adult, Lily falls for Ryle, a surgeon who hates the idea of a relationship. When her old love, Atlas comes back into her life, Lily is forced to make some major decisions about her future.

The Girls, Emma Cline (Random House, June 14, 2016)

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Libras are peace-loving and also a little naïve, which can sometimes lead them into sticky situations. That’s also the premise for Cline’s buzzed about novel, which focuses on Evie Boyd, a lonely and lost young girl who gets caught up in the idealism and eventual violence of a Mansonesque cult in the late 1960s.

Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co, September 27, 2016)

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Libras work better in groups, which is also true for Kaz Brekker and his crew in Bardugo’s young adult fantasy series about a rag-tag team of criminals who assemble to pull off an unbelievable heist. This sequel to last year’s Six of Crows picks up where that novel leaves off, with Kaz and his team fighting for their lives and the fate of their entire world.

Insidious, Catherine Coulter (Gallery Books, August 9, 2016)

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With a constellation of weighing scales, Libras are all about justice. The FBI agents at the heart of Coulter’s popular series can definitely relate. In their latest adventure, agents Savich and Sherlock are after a killer who’s threatening the life of powerful businesswoman Venus Rasmussen. But in true Coulter fashion, nothing about this case is quite as it seems.

What Light, Jay Asher (Razorbill, October 18, 2016)

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Once Libras fully commit to a relationship they can be endlessly loyal. Getting them to commit is another story. Regardless, that sense of loyalty is definitely a major theme in Asher’s new young adult novel. Teen Sierra falls hard for the troubled Caleb despite his past and the disapproval surrounding their relationship. With everyone fighting against them, can these two overcome the past and believe in their own love?

An Angel’s Touch, Heather Graham (Kensington, September 27, 2016)

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Libras tend to love hard and forever — even beyond the grave. (We’re assuming.) Don and Cathy Angel know true love. They’ve been together for years when they’re suddenly involved in a fatal car accident on Christmas Eve. Trapped between two worlds, they discover they have to perform six miracles in order to move on. Cathy is a true believer (just like a Libra!) while cynical Don is a tougher sell. Still, miracles and love are the name of the game in this heartfelt Christmas tale.

Damaged, Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press, August 16, 2016)

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Justice is definitely at the heart of Scottoline’s latest Rosato & DiNunzio Novel. Ten-year-old Patrick is dyslexic and shy, and accused of attacking a school aide. Mary DiNunzio is on the case, determined to protect an innocent kid, even if that kid might not be as innocent as he seems. Since injustice is one of a Libra’s greatest pet peeves, we know this thriller will be sure to resonate.

Shopaholic to the Rescue, Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press Trade Paperback, March 8, 2016)

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The shopaholic herself, Rebecca Bloomwood, is probably not a Libra. (She loves drama waaay too much!) But she does share some of the Libra traits: an attraction to quality, a charmingly social personality and a tendency to avoid conflict. In Kinsella’s latest Shopaholic novel, now out in paperback, Rebecca is on a road trip that starts with a mystery: why and how did her father disappear in Las Vegas? Expect the same trademark wit and plucky attitude that we’ve come to associate with Kinsella’s bestselling series.

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Check Out What This Week’s AuthorBuzz authors have to say! Get free books, and more http://booktrib.com/2016/09/check-out-what-this-weeks-authorbuzz-authors-have-to-say-get-free-books-and-more-2/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/check-out-what-this-weeks-authorbuzz-authors-have-to-say-get-free-books-and-more-2/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:41 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252274 Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader: Nature’s Way Market & Café owner, Willow McQuade is catering a party at Pure, a new organic vineyard, owned by her ex-BF, TV producer […]]]>

Dear Reader,

See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more.

Swash_ornamentDandelionDeadDear Reader:

Nature’s Way Market & Café owner, Willow McQuade is catering a party at Pure, a new organic vineyard, owned by her ex-BF, TV producer Simon Lewis, and his partners David and Ivy Farmer to celebrate North Fork’s Uncorked! Week and the contest for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry is the favorite to win, and the wine flows freely, until Amy, Ivy’s twin sister is murdered! But the poison was actually meant for David. Who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or Chrystle-Fiedler-and-Wallander-her-Detective-Dachshund-11someone closer to home? This time the truth will be a bitter vintage to swallow.

Email cfwrites@optonline.net with the subject line “Dandelion Dead!” for a chance to win #4 in the series Library Journal says, has a “terrific premise.”

Good Luck & Happy Reading!

Chrystle Fiedler

www.chrystlefiedlerwrites.com

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ShadowofthestonebendersDear Reader,

Ancient myths, mystical stones and murder. World-renowned scientist, Anlon Cully, leads a dangerous chase to unravel the secrets of mysterious artifacts discovered by his murdered archaeologist uncle…before the ruthless killer strikes again! Fans of Dan Brown’s Robert KevinDonoghueLangdon novels will find Shadows of the Stone Benders a riveting thriller. Kirkus Reviews says, “This novel, packed with action, intrigue, sexual chemistry, and a lot of archaeological research, gets its series off to a promising start.” I’m giving away five books. Write kpat@leapingleopard.com to win!

Patrick Donoghue

www.kpatrickdonoghue.com

 

 

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Sweater Weather: Get Cozy with these 8 Heartwarming Reads http://booktrib.com/2016/09/sweater-weather-get-cozy-with-these-8-heartwarming-reads/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/sweater-weather-get-cozy-with-these-8-heartwarming-reads/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:13:25 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=251901 The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and apples are turning red on their branches. Guys, it’s finally sweater season and I am so excited. I love summer, don’t get me wrong. But there’s something truly magical about fall, with all that pumpkin spice in the air and the smell of suntan lotion […]]]>

The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and apples are turning red on their branches. Guys, it’s finally sweater season and I am so excited.

I love summer, don’t get me wrong. But there’s something truly magical about fall, with all that pumpkin spice in the air and the smell of suntan lotion quickly becoming a distant memory. All I want to do these days is curl up with hot tea and a giant blanket as I dive into a good book.

Luckily, there are so many good books to choose from lately, filled with romance, good food and lovable characters. In honor of sweater season, here are 8 stories that are sure to warm you up on a cold fall day:

Winter Storms, Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown and Company, October 4, 2016)

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Hilderbrand is known for her heartwarming stories full of friendships, families and love. In the third book in her Winter Street trilogy, she gives us the final story of the Quinn family. It’s Christmas, and the troubled family is preparing for the marriage of Kevin and Isabelle. But it wouldn’t be a Hilderbrand novel if everything worked out perfectly, and with a big storm sweeping over Nantucket, the Quinns are in for more than a few upsets before they can celebrate the big day.

Possession, Helen Hardt (Waterhouse Press, September 22, 2016)

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If you need something to warm your blood during those chilly fall nights, look no further than Hardt’s sexy Steel Brothers series. Possession is the third book in the saga of Talon Steel and his lady love, Jade Roberts. The two have gone through so much together, but Talon’s dark past still threatens to tear them apart. Jade is determined to figure out his secrets, even if that puts her own life on the line.

Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, October 25, 2016)

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I love the Barefoot Contessa, and I often watch her cooking show as a way to unwind after a long day. While all her episodes are gold, the ones that feature Garten’s husband, Jeffrey, are particularly awesome. The two have been married forever and they clearly still adore each other. Cooking for Jeffrey is filled with those butter-heavy recipes we’ve come to know and love as well as stories about their decades-long relationship. If you’re looking for a book that warms both the heart AND the stomach, this is the one.

Snowfall on Haven Point, RaeAnne Thayne (HQN Books, September 27, 2016)

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Thayne’s novels remind me of Thomas Kinkade paintings: heartwarming, endearing and filled with those kind of idyllic small towns that never seem to exist in real life. Her latest is all about following your heart, telling the story of widow Andie Montgomery who’s determined to give her children the best Christmas ever in their new town of Haven Point. But then she agrees to look after the wounded — and very grumpy — Sheriff Marshall Bailey. As the two find themselves becoming more and more attracted to each other, it becomes clear that this is the kind of Christmas that might just change both their lives for the better.

Do You Want to Start a Scandal, Tessa Dare (Avon, September 27, 2016)

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Sometimes all I want to read is a comfortingly familiar historical romance where a dashing Lord falls for a spunky heroine. Dare is the best of the best in the genre, which is why I can’t wait to get my hands on her latest. Charlotte Highwood is trying to avoid a scandal when she lands smack dab in the middle of one, tying her to the cold and arrogant Lord Granville — who just happens to be hiding quite a few secrets of his own. The whole novel sparkles with Dare’s signature wit, turning into a Clue-style romp that is sure to please any romance fan.

The Bookshop on the Corner, Jenny Colgan (William Morrow, September 20, 2016)

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This book is described as a “valentine to readers,” and I can’t think of anything more cozy or sweet. It’s about Nina Redmond, a librarian who always knows what book to recommend to her patrons. So when she loses her job she feels especially lost, until she realizes that she needs to bring the books to her readers personally. After creating a traveling bookshop out of an old van, Nina is off, discovering adventures, meeting new people, and maybe even falling in love.

When in Rome…Find Yourself, Lena Mae Hill (Speak Now, September 6, 2016)

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In my mind, Italy means pasta, art and unbelievable architecture — all things that instantly warm the soul. In her young adult novel, Hill introduces us to Rory Hartnett, who’s studying abroad in Rome for six months. She’s determined to focus on her classes and internship, but then she meets a cute boy (of course! And also, yay!). This lighthearted romance is the perfect thing to snuggle up with when the air outside gets a little too crisp.

Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, Mara Wilson (Penguin Books, September 13, 2016)

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I grew up watching Wilson on screen, so there’s something wonderfully and warmly nostalgic about finding out what she’s up to now. The fact that she’s a brilliant writer doesn’t hurt either. In this collection of essays, Wilson dives into early fame, perpetually feeling like she doesn’t belong, and what it means to live out of the limelight. Fun reading for fans who remember Wilson as the plucky genius in Matilda, but also a deeply personal look at what it means to grow up and move on.

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Recognizing the Political Importance of the President’s Spouse http://booktrib.com/2016/09/recognizing-the-political-importance-of-the-presidents-spouse/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/recognizing-the-political-importance-of-the-presidents-spouse/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:47:30 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252150 The Popularity of America’s First Ladies: First ladies have become as influential in American politics as elected officials. More than any other time in history, the first lady now bears responsibilities tantamount to a high-ranking cabinet member. In her new book, On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today, Lauren […]]]>

The Popularity of America’s First Ladies:

A5146C-Wright-HIRESOLU (2)First ladies have become as influential in American politics as elected officials. More than any other time in history, the first lady now bears responsibilities tantamount to a high-ranking cabinet member. In her new book, On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today, Lauren A. Wright, Ph.D., delves into the debate about what makes presidents and presidential candidates likable, what draws public support to their agendas, and why spouses appear to be more effective in these arenas than other surrogates, or even the presidents themselves. Read Dr. Wright’s interview with Parade magazine as she discusses the popularity of our country’s first ladies.

What Melania’s Absence Says About Trump’s Campaign:

24622307940_dce1b644cc_bWhere has Melania been?

In the wake of her RNC plagiarism scandal and as reporters began to raise questions over the details of her emigration to the U.S., the would-be first lady has utterly vanished from the campaign trail.

According to Lauren A. Wright, Ph.D., a political scientist, a White House expert and board member of the White House Transition Project, and author, there are a few possibilities to explain Mrs. Trump’s glaring absence. Read Dr. Wright’s complete op-ed in CommProBiz.

 

About the Author

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Photo by Bradford Rogne Photography

Lauren Wright Ph.D. is a political scientist, a White House expert and board member of the White House Transition Project. She also is the author of the recently released On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today, which identifies and explains the expanding responsibility entrusted to presidential spouses to communicate the president’s message on the campaign trail and in the White House. 

 

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Ben Affleck’s Batman 18-Months Out; Minecraft Meets Zombies; and Banned Books Then & Now! http://booktrib.com/2016/09/book-news-roundup-ben-afflecks-batman-18-months-out-minecraft-meets-zombies-and-banned-books-then-now/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/book-news-roundup-ben-afflecks-batman-18-months-out-minecraft-meets-zombies-and-banned-books-then-now/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:25:49 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252140 Yesterday was National Comic Book Day, and although we’re fashionably late to the party (sorry, we got distracted by Fear the Walking Dead and the return of Once Upon A Time last night) there are some awesome things happening in the comic and book world and we just can’t help but talk about them today. […]]]>

Yesterday was National Comic Book Day, and although we’re fashionably late to the party (sorry, we got distracted by Fear the Walking Dead and the return of Once Upon A Time last night) there are some awesome things happening in the comic and book world and we just can’t help but talk about them today. Here’s a round-up of just a few of our favorites:

World War Z Author takes on Minecraft!

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Yep, you heard it correctly—the Max Brooks, author of World War Z is going to be writing a whole series of Minecraft novels. Seem like a weird pair? Nah! I have faith in the bestselling author who gave us such gems as The Zombie Survival Guide (it’ll come in handy during the impending apocalypse *wink wink*), and of course World War Z. Will Max Brooks be able to overcome the challenge of executing a rather pixelated or “cuboid” element via text? I do not know. Fans of Minecraft, the game that is, have come to know this choppy, yet functional world as just that—and maybe, just maybe Brooks is the guy to make it all come alive on paper.

Na Na Na Na, BATMAAAN!

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Image via Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck has done some questionable things throughout his career, like starring in Gigli for starters, but this one is something this comic book nerd may not be able to forget! According to an article posted by Cosmic Book News, Ben Affleck is co-writing the Batman script with Geoff Johns, but says that they aren’t in a rush to make the movie. Affleck, say whatttt? Are they aware there is a rabid fan base waiting for the stories they’ve been reading to unfold? Apparently not. Or they simply just don’t care. The widely popular actor, who is going to direct, write and star in the movie has boldly stated that it might be another year and a half for the movie to come out. In other words, six Marvel movies will have come out by then, so way to go DC. Waiting for this could potentially be terrible news for all the Batman fans. I guess snuggling up to your favorite Batman issue will have to do for now.

BANNED BOOKS: Then & Now

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Time recently released an article complete with a list of the most banned books in 2001, and a list from 2015 and the results might shock you. What has 15 years done for society as a whole and the way we think about content and what needs to be exiled? well, what’s being censored then vs. now is pretty alarming. On the list of books banned in 2001, includes Harry Potter, yes, the Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye. All for reasons of offensive language, violence, occult/Satanism and more. Now, fast forward to 2015, where the list includes I Am Jazz, Beyond Magenta, and Two Boys Kissing, for reasons of homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint and anti-family. Hmmm… I find it interesting that the most offensive things on our most recent list are those of biographical or fact-based situations revolving around the transgendered community and those of the LGBTQ community vs. fictitious characters warding off evil with spells and potions. Is there an uprising of a completely new and intolerant generation? Holy hell, I hope not. But it doesn’t look good.

To see the full lists of Most Challenged books of 2001 and 2015, click here.

Is there any book related news you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

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Too Many Secrets and Lies! Books that Transport You to Creepy Small-Town America http://booktrib.com/2016/09/too-many-secrets-and-lies-books-that-transport-you-to-creepy-small-town-america/ http://booktrib.com/2016/09/too-many-secrets-and-lies-books-that-transport-you-to-creepy-small-town-america/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:37:03 +0000 http://booktrib.com/?p=252087 On March 1, 2015 ABC introduced us to Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) and his quaint neighborhood. What started off as any other morning in small-town America certainly turned into a rabbit hole of dark twists and turns when the body of a 5-year-old boy, Tom Murphy, appears in the rainy woods. If you are looking for your […]]]>

On March 1, 2015 ABC introduced us to Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) and his quaint neighborhood. What started off as any other morning in small-town America certainly turned into a rabbit hole of dark twists and turns when the body of a 5-year-old boy, Tom Murphy, appears in the rainy woods. If you are looking for your next show to bingewatch, Secrets & Lies should be in your queue. Each episode takes you inside cookie-cutter homes with more drama than a Real Housewives reunion.

I personally watched this show from start to finish in a matter of two days, which concerned my boyfriend considering all of my focus was finding who the cold-blooded killer was. Finally, when I reached the last episode and everything came together I was left speechless, like jaw-dropped-tongue-on-the-floor speechless.

You know when you start an episode of Law & Order: SVU and you have convinced yourself, because you’re officially a detective after watching all the episodes, who the killer is but every 15 minutes your theory changes as details are brought to light? Well then, Secrets & Lies will have you debating a career in criminology.

When the show ended all I wanted was more! Especially from Detective Andrea Cornell, played by the talented Juliette Lewis, because her portrayal is certainly nothing short of chilling. Unfortunately, Eric Warner (Michael Ealy) will have to face her wrath in season two after the evidence appears that his wife’s fall from a 12-story building was no accident at all.

For those who have already bingewatched season one before the premiere on Sunday, September 25, check out this list of books whose pages are filled with plenty of secrets and lies.

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Home by Harlan Coben (Dutton, September 20 2016)

HomeImagine your son is kidnapped without a trace and 10 years later details begin to rise to the surface. A gripping tail, which shows the importance of family and friends. Coben’s words take you on a journey of twists and turns similar to Ryan Phillippe’s agonizing circumstance in Secrets and Lies.

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, January 2015)

Girl_on_the_TrainWith the movie’s release right around the corner, this is the ideal thriller to catch up on before season two premieres. The short of it: A woman is murdered and everyone in her circle is a suspect. This psychological thriller will have you turning the pages before you finish the last sentence of the description.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press, July 2016)

The_Woman_Cabin_10Vacationing on a cruise ship gives you time to relax and take a breath from the busy lives we live. Unfortunately for Lo Blacklock her vacation has become consumed by the disappearance of a woman who was thrown overboard. Ware will have you contemplating packing a life vest on your next Caribbean cruise.

 

 

 

 

In the Clearing (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 3) by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer, May 2016)

In_the_ClearingAfter the suicide of a Native American high school girl, detective Tracy Crosswhite begins to discover this small town has more secrets than a high school locker room. As she peels back the curtain to solve this cold case and deliver her promise, Tracy realizes she too is in jeopardy. Tracy’s motivation to solve this crime gives Detective Cornell a run for her money.

 

 

 

 

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (Lake Union Publishing, September 1 2016)

51MbMthRSSLAnother cookie-cutter, perfect American neighborhood with white picket fences and households filled with more secrets and lies will give ABC’s premiere a run for its money. How well do any of us really know our neighbors? Each chapter shifts to a different character with a completely different view and loss. The resemblances between this book and Secrets and Lies is uncanny and captivating.

 

 

 

 

 

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