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BookTrib.com is a hub for booklovers and dedicated to on-the-rise authors that readers may not have heard of. For readers constantly in search of new titles, authors and ideas for their next read, BookTrib will introduce them under-the-radar writers who might be a perfect match. BookTrib has it all: new and noteworthy, exclusive reviews, video interviews, the hottest book podcasts, and all the buzz to enhance readers' understanding and enjoyment of books and up and coming authors. Top-notch contributors. In-the-know content partners. Expert recommendations. Behind-the-scenes peeks. BookTrib.com is produced by Meryl Moss Media, a 25-year-old literary marketing, publicity and social media firm. Visit www.merylmossmedia.com.

GBC Boston Chapter is a Melting Pot for Out-of-Towners

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A bar and a DJ at a book club meeting? That wasn’t how it was scripted, but it made for one of the more unusual sessions of the Girly Book Club’s Boston Chapter. The chapter is hosted by Lauren Hughes, who moved to Boston from Seattle in early 2017 and was looking to get back into reading more and making friends in her new surroundings. She shares the hosting duties with Hana Vackova. Hughes is a Senior Product Designer at Wayfair, recently married, and has a four-year-old Australian Shepherd named Ludo, after the character from The Labyrinth. The chapter has 2,000 members in its Meetup Group, and the live monthly meetings, which take place religiously the last Monday of every…

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In Gig Economy, How Desperate Are People for Gigs?

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We’re living in a gig economy. But would you respond to an online ad seeking someone to search for escaped ants? Or take an offer for a free tattoo by someone who “needs the practice?” How about a mattress for sale “tainted by geriatric love?” In Race Me in a Lobster Suit, author Kelly Mahon posts absurd gig ads online, and shares the conversations she had with the brave souls who wanted the job.

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“Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants:” Humor and Pathos

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Ben Zelig, the protagonist in Herb Freed’s Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants, (Bellrock Entertainment Inc.)  has life all figured out: graduate from rabbinical school; get hired by a spiritually enriched community; meet a nice Jewish girl, and start a family. Naturally, nothing goes according to plan, but life can still work out, according to Freed, as long as you have, well, love, faith and a pair of pants. Freed, who started his adult life as an ordained rabbi and is author of the love story Bashert, is back with a collection of five short stories about the smart, witty, spiritual and handsome (ask his mother) Rabbi Ben Zelig. In five stories about a rabbi’s life, Zelig navigates romance,…

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December Decisions: Dramatic Marriages and a Cherished Past

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Members of the Girly Book Club are voting on the following four titles to determine the book selection for its December club meetings in 70 chapters around the world. Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman (Berkley Publishing Group) At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband… *record scratch* As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors’ private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton’s wife is mysteriously missing, and now this… After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in…

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Special Edition of “A Wrinkle in Time” on Author’s 100th

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Any lover of young adult literature no doubt is familiar with the unforgettable Meg Murry, who must confront her fears and self-doubt to rescue her scientist father experimenting with mysterious tesseracts capable of bending the fabric of space and time. Meg gets help from her little brother Charles Wallace, her friend Calvin O’Keefe, and some supernatural visitors called Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. Few works loom as large in the history of the YA genre as Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, the 1962 Newbery Award winner and a revolutionary book blending realism and fantasy as well as science and religion. It was regarded as the first great crossover classic, appealing to children, teens and adults and settling…

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Primer for Personal Safety and Healthy Relationships

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Whether telling a street harasser to back off, explaining to a date you’re not interested in physical contact, or telling a boss you can’t work late, boundary setting in today’s world is crucial to healthy relationships and personal safety. So says Cristien Storm, longtime mental health therapist and author of Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social Change (North Atlantic Books). According to Storm, many of us do not have the tools to create and articulate effective boundaries. Further, she says, many are unsure of how to enforce the boundaries they set. Empowered Boundaries comes at a time when the #MeToo movement is leaving many wanting more in the way of language, tools and tactics for setting and…

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“Fear” Strikes Out in Small West Virginia Library Flap

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As Fear, Bob Woodward’s new book about the first year of the Trump administration, climbs to the top of non-fiction bestseller lists, The Washington Post has published a story about a library in a small West Virginia town of 600 that has chosen not to carry the book, despite apparent objections from residents on Facebook. According to the article by Ron Charles, Donna Crocker, director of the Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs, confirmed that the library does not carry Fear, but she declined to answer any questions about her decision. “I don’t want to get in the middle of that,” Crocker tells the Post. “We have other Trump books.” Berkeley Springs is the county seat of Morgan County,…

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Author P.J. Tracy Opens Up on Her First Solo Novel

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“Some secrets are worth killing for.” That’s the setup for the highly anticipated thriller, The Guilty Dead, (Crooked Lane Books) the first solo novel by Traci Lambrecht since the passing of her mother P.J. Lambrecht. The pair wrote as P.J. Tracy, and that tradition carries on with one of the most addicting installments of the award-winning The Monkeewrench Series. Traci always dreamed of becoming a spy before finding her true calling as an author, alongside her best friend, mother and writing partner. In this BookTrib interview, she discusses The Guilty Dead, her writing process, writing about murder, and some of her challenges, including the nuances of creating characters of the opposite sex and having to write from their point of…

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Chapter Closeup: Living a New York State of Mind

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When Sam Flores volunteered to host the New York Chapter of the Girly Book Club (G.B.C.), she had no idea what she was signing up for. But she’s never looked back. As one would expect, the New York chapter is one of the network’s largest, with 3,500 members. Naturally, they can’t all attend the meetings, but a good mix of first-timers and returning women either pop in live or follow events online. Flores, by day a digital advertising manager for Time Inc., exemplifies the typical New Yorker in so many ways when she’s not buried in a book: taking advantage of 24-hour access to stores, restaurants, people-watching, traveling and training for this fall’s New York City Marathon. “My favorite part…

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November Choices: WWII, Titanic and Unlikely Friendships

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Members of the Girly Book Club are voting on the following four titles to determine the book selection for their November club meetings in 70 chapters around the world. White Rose, Black Forest (Lake Union Publishing) by Eoin Dempsey In the shadows of World War II, trust becomes the greatest risk of all for two strangers. December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. That is, until she discovers…

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“Great American Read” Resumes 9/11, Offers Reading Tips

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Throughout the summer, the multi-platform PBS initiative The Great American Read has been encouraging people across America to read as many books as possible from its list of America’s 100 Favorite Novels and to vote for their favorites. The series resumes Sept. 11. But for now, The Great American Read has partnered with the Library of Congress to offer tips on how to make reading a part of a daily routine. “The Great American Read aims to provide a place for all Americans to discuss the books that they love; books that have inspired, moved and shaped them in one way or another,” said Bill Gardner, Vice President of Programming & Development for PBS. “We hope to help readers fall in love with…

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Previously Unpublished Hemingway Story

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Having just celebrated the 74th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris, another celebration of Paris took place earlier this month when The Strand Magazine ran a previously unpublished story by Ernest Hemingway with post-war Paris as the focal point. A Room on the Garden Side is “an earthy, poignant sketch that takes place in Hemingway’s favorite hotel in Paris, the Ritz, at the end of World War II,” writes Strand Managing Editor Andrew F. Gulli.  “The narrator, Robert (also nicknamed Papa) and a group of irregular soldiers who fought their way into the city, newly liberated from the Nazis, are due to leave Paris the next day.” The narrator, explains Gulli, is in a room chatting books, life, love, death,…

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Romanticist Brae Goes Global in “Eight Goodbyes”

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When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she is intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. While their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe. As Tessa finds the strength to deepen the relationship, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. So goes the storyline in Eight Goodbyes, the fourth romance novel by Christine Brae (Vesuvian Books). Brae, a full-time career woman, in 2013 thought she could write a book about her life – her first novel, The Light in the Wound — and…

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