Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? This is the premise of Chloe Benjamin’s second novel The Immortalists, which was hailed “2018’s First Must-Read” by Entertainment Weekly. https://www.amazon.com/Immortalists-Chloe-Benjamin/dp/0735213186/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515768891&sr=1-2&keywords=chloe+benjamin+the+immortalists Just the Right Book Podcast caught up with the self-proclaimed “midwest convert” right before her book...
In October, Daniel Ford read from his debut novel Sid Sanford Lives! at Belmont Books in Belmont, Mass., and the then answered questions from Dave Pezza and a smart group of readers. https://www.amazon.com/Sid-Sanford-Lives-Daniel-Ford/dp/1947048031/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515014292&sr=8-1&keywords=sid+sanford+lives Learn more about Daniel Ford by visiting his official website, liking his Facebook page, or following him on...
Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping, talks to Daniel Ford about always being a storyteller, how the podcast Serial helped inspire her debut, and why writers must always make time for writing. https://www.amazon.com/Are-You-Sleeping-Kathleen-Barber/dp/1501157663 To learn more about Kathleen Barber, visit her official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her...
Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also a journalist, host of the Book Review Podcast and an author of an array of books on subjects ranging from pornography and starter marriages, to...
Robin MacArthur, author of Heart Spring Mountain (out Jan. 9, 2018 from Ecco/HarperCollins), talks to Daniel Ford about what inspired her debut novel, how her Vermont home played a role in crafting both the characters and plot, and how she infused the soundtrack playing in her head into the...

Book Reviews

The Queen’s Mistake by Diane Haeger is a work of historical fiction that makes the events of centuries ago feel fresh, relevant, and enticing. This book is luminous, as is its titular queen. The novel tells the story of the very young and very beautiful Catherine Howard, who, as...
Something unexpected will happen upon reading the chapters of this captivating book. Your nostrils will feel the iodine-laden air brushing as the winds break like waves upon the shores of your assumptions. They will jolt into wakeness. If you ever thought that the constant ebb and flow of the...
Fans of Cate Holahan's Lies She Told,  will love the debut by Emily Elgar, If You Knew Her--- a psychological suspense centered on the meeting of three strangers unexpectedly brought together after a hit-and-run. What follows is a gripping chain of events that will keep readers in suspense to the very end. https://www.amazon.com/If-You-Knew-Her-Novel/dp/0062834045/ Cassie...
  Eating is so natural we don’t think of it. But there’s more to savoring a meal than just chewing, being nourished, and maybe feeling good. Do you ever wonder what it means to the cook? To Gina, in Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies, cooking a wonderful meal is...
It is the 1990s and Dave, son of Harvard educated hippies, is one of only a few white kids in his Boston middle school.  Having a difficult time connecting with the other students, he becomes drawn to Marlon, a black kid from the projects who seems to have similar...

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