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Rachel Fogle De Souza
Rachel Fogle De Souza was born and raised in Connecticut, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States, before attending college at the University of California, Davis, where she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, with a double minor in Women, Gender and Sexualities studies, and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies. When she's not writing, she's reading, boxing, or thinking about traveling.

‘The Great American Read’ Premieres in PBS in May

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What book changed you the moment you read it? Maybe it’s a book like Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, where you fell in love with her ability to create witty banter; or maybe, that book is something of a shocking, gripping tale, full of anger that draws you back in like Richard Wright’s Native Son. Either way, books play a fair part in helping us shape who we are – and, if we re lucky, they can change us for the better. Thankfully, PBS seems to get that. This spring, PBS will premiere their 8-part television and online series, The Great American Read, which explores 100 of the most beloved books in America, and how they’ve inspired and changed social life. The first show airs…

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New York Times Best Seller Laura Lippman is Back with ‘Sunburn’ an Intriguing and Provocative Literary Noir Novel

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There’s nothing quite like a thriller that embodies everything we love about the noir genre: the mind games, cat-and-mouse-like chases, forbidden desires, dark pasts and even darker secrets. Literary noir is in a whole realm of its own. The latest and most anticipated addition to the genre is Laura Lippman’s Sunburn.  Lippman is best known for her Tess Monaghan Series about a Baltimore reporter-turned-accidental Private Investigator. Sunburn, however, promises to be a dark, provocative and heady new addition to Lippman’s resume. Polly and Adam meet randomly at a tavern in Delaware, both strangers just passing through. Polly’s headed out West, and Adam’s leaving to go somewhere else, too. Yet somehow, they both end up staying, winding into a summer-long affair, full of romance and sex.…

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Review: ‘Look For Her’ Sees the Thrilling Return of Keene and Frohmann in a Brand New Mystery

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Psychological thrillers are all the rage! These books, especially by our favorite writers in the genre, are staples on best sellers lists,  raising the bar for the next author to thrill us even more. With the release of Look For Her, author Emily Winslow not only raises the bar, she kicks it out the park. Look For Her is Winslow’s latest Keene and Frohmann Mystery Series and bears all the classic hallmarks of those books: the lush, beautiful scenery of Cambridge and the surrounding countryside, a complex and twisted plot and haunting mind-games that raise the hair on your arms. This time, Winslow brings us to an idyllic English village where decades ago, a girl named Annalise Wood went missing on her way home from school.…

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Modesty Blaise: Clever, Cunning, Daring and Kick-Ass

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Modesty Blaise was first introduced as a comic-strip in the middle of the 1960s by author Peter O’Donnell. Not only was she beautiful, she was clever, cunning, daring and she knew how to kick ass. For me, she was the heroine I wanted to be. For those who don’t know who Modesty Blaise is, please allow me to introduce you: Modesty Blaise is the anti-James Bond James Bond. That is, yes, she occasionally went on missions for the British Secret Intelligence Service, but that was only after she retired from being the head of The Network, her own international criminal organization. Along with her sidekick, second-in-command and trusted friend Garvin (they debuted in 1963 and still never really got together, by…

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VIDEO Interview with Ryan Boyle 2016 Paralympian and Author of ‘When The Lights Go Out’

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Watch our interview with 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist and author, Ryan Boyle. Here, he talks with BookTrib about his beginnings, how he found the strength and willpower to work harder than ever, winning the silver medal at Rio, and where he’s headed to next. This is one interview that you won’t want to miss – and it’s just in time for the Winter Olympics! When the Lights Go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance is now available for purchase. Read a preview below!   ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ryan Boyle was just nine years old when an accident robbed him of a portion of his brain. In When the Lights Go Out, Boyle uses the successes and frustrations of his…

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New Day Northwest Talks With DailyOM’s Madisyn Taylor on the Four Pillars of Wellness

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This video interview was originally published on King5.com Madisyn Taylor, is the author of the chart-topping book Unmedicated, as well as the co-founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle website the DailyOM, she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to wellness. We love hearing what she has to say about holistic health and how to make our lives stress-free. Most recently, she made an appearance on KING-TV’s New Day Northwest and it was so great, we thought we’d share it with you! Take a look at the video below. Take a look and read a free preview of her book Unmedicated, below. ABOUT THE AUTHOR MADISYN TAYLOR is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the popular inspirational website and daily newsletter, DailyOM and is responsible for all of…

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Award-Winning Novelist Alexis Wright Talks to BookTrib About Her Latest Work, ‘The Swan Book’

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When you find a book that is compelling, poignant and just really good, you want to tell everyone you meet about it and have the same experience that you did while reading it. The Swan Book, by acclaimed novelist, Alexis Wright, is one of those books that I could not wait to tell BookTrib’s readers about. There has not been, perhaps, a better or more important time than now to read this book and receive its message. In The Swan Book, a young girl named Oblivia Ethelyne, the victim of a brutal assault by several boys, is found hiding in a gum tree by Bella Donna of the Champions, a refugee of the climate change wars. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to live…

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ICYMI: BookTrib’s Exclusive with New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Gardner

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There’s something great about reading the next book in a series – it’s like an exciting new adventure with an old friend. You know all their secrets, passions and dreams; and, even though some time has passed since you were last together, when you open that book cover it’s as though you’d never been apart. This is what New York Times best selling author Lisa Gardner accomplishes in her Detective D.D. Warren series: she has made it her specialty to take us to places we never thought we’d go. Look For Me, sees the return of both beloved Detective D.D. Warren and Flora Dane, the victim-turned-vigilante from Find Her and takes them on a case involving the brutal deaths of an entire family, with one…

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BookTrib Q&A with Rachel Hollis, Best Selling Author, Founder and CEO of Chic Media

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There are books meant to guide us, and books to make us laugh, and rarely do they go hand-in-hand. At least, not until founder and CEO of Chic Media Rachel Hollis came along. Her latest book, Girl, Wash Your Face (by the way, this is excellent advice) is a best seller, stories from Hollis’ own life giving new layers of understanding and compassion for those moments we all seem to fall into, but can never seem to get ourselves out of. Funny, clever and witty with an abundance of compassion and honesty, Rachel Hollis is definitely the one woman you want giving you advice. BookTrib sat down with Rachel for a quick Q&A about inspiration, writing mindsets, upcoming books, and more!  …

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Part Two: BookTrib Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Gardner

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This is Part Two of our interview with Lisa Gardner. Click here to read Part One. New York Times best selling author Lisa Gardner’s latest novel in the Detective D.D. Warren Series sees the return of not only D.D., but also Flora Dane, the victim-turned-vigilante from Gardner’s previous bestselling novel, Find Her. Now, in Look For Me, D.D. is given a case where an entire family has been murdered, and the teenage daughter, Roxy, is missing. With a ticking clock on how much time is left, D.D. is confronted with one of the most complex cases of her career. BookTrib got to talk with Lisa Gardner about the research behind her novel, returning to old characters, writing kick-ass women and more.   BookTrib: As…

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All You Need Is Love: 20 New Book Releases Just In Time for Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and we’re making it easy to celebrate love, with your love of books! Our list of new releases for this week are all love stories – and because love comes in all shapes, sizes and forms, we have a pretty diverse group of books for you. Some focus on romantic and erotic love, others on the love of family and friends. We’re celebrating LGBTQ love, forbidden love, love of self, and lost-love-found-again; Wallis In Love, one of the favorite new releases looks at how the love-life of the Duchess of Windsor actually changed the entire monarchy. Because some love stories don’t end happily, we have some books of those, too. Take a look below at our list of…

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Review: ‘Song of a Captive Bird’ is a Stunning Account of Famed Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad’s Life

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Not quite historical fiction and not quite biography, there’s a genre that exists halfway in between and Jasmin Darznik’s Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel fits perfectly. While the book is fiction, it documents the real life and times of Forugh Farrokhzad, the Iranian poet. Forugh led a fairly controversial life for her time – fiercely independent, she wrote from a strong feminist perspective; her poetry was considered to be so controversial that it remained banned for about ten years after the Iranian Revolution. Now, she is thought of as one of Iran’s most famous and influential poets and an early advocate for feminism, women’s rights and independence. Jasmin Darznik’s novel tells the story of Forugh’s childhood and life in Tehran.…

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Review: ‘Mister Tender’s Girl’ is a Dark Re-telling of Slender Man Case

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Some books are creepy, and some get even creepier when you find out that they’re based on a true story. Such is the case with Carter Wilson’s Mister Tender’s Girl, based on the Slender Man stabbing case. Slender Man, the supernatural character created as part of a internet meme, became an international sensation in 2014 after two 12-year-old girls stabbed a classmate in the woods in order to become proxies for Slender Man, whom they believed who come after them and their families if they did not. The victim survived the attack with the help of a passing cyclist and the two girls who attacked her were sentenced: one to 40 years and one to 25 years in a mental hospital. The…

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Review: Xhenet Aliu’s ‘Brass’ is Absolutely Fearless

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We all know that reading offers an escape, whether that escape is to explore different worlds and cultures, or just to get away from your job for a few hours. But there are some books out there that juts perfectly embody our sense of wanderlust and Brass, by Xhenet Aliu is one of them. Beautifully written, Brass encompasses the personal, if at times painful bonds between mothers and daughters, while capturing the longing of wanting to leave home and explore the world. As a waitress at a diner in Waterbury, Connecticut, Elsie has big dreams of getting out and hopes that the tips she makes will be enough to do that. In the meantime, she starts getting to know Bashkim, the married line-order cook,…

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Debut Author Julia Sonneborn Talks Jane Austen, First Drafts and Adaptations

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Over the years, there have been some pretty interesting retellings and adaptions of our favorite books. Sometimes they work and other times they don’t, but it’s always fun to read another author’s take on the original work. Now Julia Sonneborn, English professor and debut author, has written our favorite adaptation yet. By The Book is not just a fun, fantastically written read, but it’s also an updated, modern version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.     Anne Corey, an English professor in California working to make tenure, gets the surprise of her life when her ex-boyfriend, Adam, becomes the college’s new president. She knows she should have other, better things on her mind – her aging father, that book deal she’s been trying to get,…

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Layered with Sex, Lies and Glamour, ‘She Regrets Nothing’ is Utterly Captivating

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Rarely do we find a book that boasts of intrigue and mystery that’s as sly as it is sexy and just plain fun; but author Andrea Dunlop is a rare talent. Dunlop’s latest novel, She Regrets Nothing: A Novel is a multi-layered story where the themes of power, sex and glamour make this novel so utterly captivating. Our protagonist, Laila Lawrence, is made an orphan at age 23, following the death of her mother. Raised in Grosse Point, Michigan, Laila’s quiet, settled life takes a sharp turn with the unexpected arrival of her three wealthy and glamorous cousins from Manhattan for her mother’s funeral. Laila’s cousins are part of the family that her father had once belonged to and become estranged…

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