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Rachel Fogle De Souza has 116 articles published.

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.

*New This Week*: Celebrate Diversity with New Books For Everyone in Every Genre

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This week’s theme is diversity! We are celebrating writers of different backgrounds and the books they’ve written that are to be released this week. Included on our list are novels by Tayari Jones and Lisa Gardner; cookbooks from Jenné Claiborne and Jerrelle Guy; and memoirs from Rachel Hollis and Sadie Robertson. We’ve also added a few surprises— perfect reads for cold winter nights. Novels An American Marriage, Tayari Jones No One is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts Look For Me, Lisa Gardner The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah The Masterpiece, Francine Rivers By The Book, Julia Sonneborn The House of Impossible Beauties, Joseph Cassara She Regrets Nothing, Andrea Dunlop Good Neighbors, Joanne Serling   Memoir Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose, Sadie Robertson Girl, Wash…

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Mikkel Rosengaard’s Debut, ‘The Invention of Ana’ is a Surreal Reinvention of Classic Literary Fiction

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Having spent the majority of his writing carer focusing on short stories and non-fiction pieces, Mikkel Rosengaard is finally making the jump from writer to novelist. His debut work, The Invention of Ana, is a uniquely stunning novel with a surreal dreamlike quality— reminiscent of a distant memory that only adds to the reader’s enjoyment of this work. On a Brooklyn rooftop in spring, our narrator, freshly arrived from Copenhagen and working as an art intern who wants to be a writer, meets Ana Ivan.  Ana is a mathematician and artist who is as intriguing and fierce as she is independent, but, as Ana confesses, she’s also bad luck— she comes from a cursed Romanian lineage. Soon the intern finds himself enthralled…

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Brand Yourself Like a Kardashian!: A BookTrib Q&A with Branding Strategist Rina Plapler

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The Kardashian family has made a fortune branding themselves through social media.  Regardless of how you feel about this family, their self-promotion techniques have been so effective that the name “Kardashian” is synonymous with a number of products, most recently Calvin Klein, but if anyone were to ask what exactly they are famous for— before having a successful reality show— most would draw a blank. Essentially, the Kardashains have become “famous for being famous” in such a way that the name speaks for itself; to be blunt, there is no brand associated with the Kardashains— they are the brand. It’s not just speculation, either.  Look around, there’s a host of information on the Kardashians as a brand written everywhere from…

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Happy Birthday Virginia Woolf!: Celebrate Her Life with Previews of Her 10 Greatest Works

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Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf! Born in 1882, the English author, critic and essayist would have been 136 today. Over the course of her life, Woolf wrote some of the best and most inspirational feminist texts to ever be written. A Room of One’s Own written in 1929, was perhaps her best known essay; she argued for giving female writers space, both literally and figuratively, and to make their voices heard in a world where men’s writing was and still is the standard. Woolf’s books remain popular in classrooms, libraries, and on personal bookshelves. Here, in celebration of her life and the movements inspired, we have  previews of her 10 greatest works: Between the Acts To the Lighthouse A Room of One’s Own…

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BookTrib Q&A: Marc Demetriou Talks About the Amazing Courage and Wisdom He Learned from His Grandfather

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Sometimes the best advice is the advice that’s been handed down from others. Often coming from decades of trial-and-error, life experience and more, the lessons that carry the best advice are not only worthwhile, but they stand the test of time. Marc Demetriou, a nationally recognized mortgage banker and top-rated speaker, offers us a chance to learn about the best advice for success in his new book, Lessons From My Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life.  Demetriou’s grandfather, Haralambos Georgia Pistis, or “Charlie,” left his country of Cyprus at the age of 16 and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in November, 1929. He had nothing with him but a willingness to succeed, courage, and his wit – and on his…

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‘Yonkers Yonkers!’: Patricia Vaccarino’s New Book Explores Racial Tensions and Friendship during Woodstock

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Author and PR specialist Patricia Vaccarino’s new book, YONKERS Yonkers! A Story of Race and Redemption, is an enriching and beautiful narrative of friendship, breaking social boundaries, and music. In the time of Woodstock, the Vietnam War, the Rolling Stones and more, YONKERS Yonkers! looks at social and racial conventions of a tumultuous and changing time period. Concetta Mary Bernadette Colangelo, aka Cookie, is not your typical protagonist. Small-time drug dealer, and big-time trouble, she may be a self-described gangster, but there’s nothing she wants more than to go to Woodstock and meet Alan ‘Blind Owl’ Wilson from the band Canned Heat, whom she thinks she looks like, and believes will understand her in a way no one else can. With a mentally ill mother,…

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BookTrib Q&A: Author Ryan Avery Talks Generational Differences and ‘Motivating Millennials’

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The word millennials is one that lately, is used a lot; and when it comes to business, some of the most common things you hear is that millennials are lazy and don’t work hard. But Ryan Avery and James Goodnow are here to correct that misconception: it’s not that millennials are lazy, it’s that they’re not being motivated. In their book Motivating Millennials: How to Recognize, Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders, Avery and Goodnow work to bridge the generation-gap confusion in the workplace, showing people how to properly motivate, encourage, and work with this next generation. A definite must-read for every boss and business owner, BookTrib talked with co-author Ryan Avery about how the book got started, millennial misconceptions, and…

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Vive La Resistance: 12 Must-Read Books That Sparked a Movement

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Last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March in Washington. From the #MeToo movement that ousted the likes of Harvey Weinstein and, to women running for public office in record-breaking numbers and Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes, a lot has happened since that moment. But one thing that has been made abundantly clear is that there is a huge resistance movement and in 2018, it’s only getting stronger. With an increase in visibility for women and social justice issues across the board, we’re so excited that the world of publishing and literature is following along. This year, there will be more books than ever being published on resistance, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, intersectionality, immigration, and so much more.…

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BookTrib Q&A: Radio Host Michael Hart Discusses the America You Won’t Find in History Books

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The United States has a pretty interesting history, but some of it has faded into relative obscurity with far too many facts and histories left unknown. Fortunately, radio host Michael Hart’s book, Unknown America: Myths and Little Known Oddities about the Greatest Nation on Earth (Vol. 1) is full of facts, stories, and more about the history of the US that have become pretty unknown. Here, he talked with BookTrib about favorite overlooked facts, Claudette Colvin, historical inaccuracies, and more. BookTrib: This book is filled with hundreds of details of little known facts, misconceptions, myths and stories about the United States. How long did it take you to compile all of these together? Michael Hart: Approximately five years. Several of the stories I tell and inaccuracies…

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BookTrib Q&A: Father-Daughter Duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliot on Their New Sherlock Holmes Narrative Series

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Accomplished authors in their own right, father-daughter duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliott have been teaming up to bring a whole new take to the Sherlock Holmes stories. Shaking up the typical narrative is the introduction of Lucy James, a headstrong, independent American actress – who also turns out to be Holmes’ daughter. Together with the stabilizing presence of the ever-faithful Watson, they become partner sleuths, navigating their way through the worst crimes, facing down archenemies, and unraveling mysteries. BookTrib caught up with Charles Veley and Anna Elliot to talk about creating the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, the resurgence of Holmes in pop culture, and working together.   BookTrib: Lucy James is such a fantastic character, and she’s been so…

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BookTrib Q&A: Author Douglas Schofield on Writing Female Characters, the Refugee Crisis, and More

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When it comes to writing good mystery crime novels, Douglas Schofield has a wealth of experience to fall back on. Having worked as a trial lawyer for over 30 years, he has seen hundreds of crimes go through the court room, prosecuting and defending them himself. For the past few years, however, he’s been bringing us some of the best, high-stakes mystery novels, with Storm Rising, and Time of Departure, to name a few. But now, with his latest book Killing Pace, he’s introducing a whole new series. When Lisa Green crawls out of the wreck of a horrific accident, she’s stunned to find that she’s lost all of her memories. Lisa has no idea who she is, or where she was going, no…

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BookTrib Q&A: Dr. David Friedman on Diet Myths, “Food Sanity’ and Living a Food-Positive Lifestyle

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Every year, a new diet trend guaranteed to help us live healthier lifestyles an shed some pounds emerges. But even with all the diets out there, a lot of the time they are replications of the tried and true methods we know: counting calories and exercising. Some focus on carb-loading, others on protein, and most just completely contradict what we think we know. With all the advertisements, celebrity endorsements and more, it can be enough to drive one insane! This is where Dr. David Friedman comes in— his goal is to help us sort through all the craziness and live longer, healthier, food-positive lives. Dr. Friedman’s book, Food Sanity: How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction, sheds a light on different…

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BookTrib Q&A: Author/Attorney Stone Grissom on Finding Inspiration in the Fight for Justice

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As an award-winning journalist, prime-time news anchor, legal analyst and civil rights attorney, it seems like Stone Grissom has done it all but write a book! That has changed with the publication of his crime thriller A Cry for Justice.  The fast-paced, gripping story of murder, an outraged community, politics, corruption, and betrayal begins when four gang members kill an innocent teen and are subsequently acquitted.  Despite community outrage, the murder fades into memory until a young civil rights attorney, Gavin Brady, is accidentally given an internal memo between the prosecutor’s office and the police department he was never meant to see, revealing a dangerous, secret full of corruption. Unable to walk away, Gavin starts to dig into a past that…

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BookTrib Q&A with Meditation Expert Light Watkins

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Meditation is an ancient practice that not only introduces bodily awareness, but also clears the mind and relieves anxiety. Could it also be fun? In his most recent book Bliss More, meditation expert Light Watkins breaks away from other, conventional, and often convoluted, methods of teaching meditation by employing a streamlined practice: Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield, E.A.S.Y. or short. His casual writing style introduces meditation is inviting and appeals to those who’ve struggled with it in the past. Light Watkins first began practicing the art of meditation in 1998 and has since then become a teacher of the practice himself. Along the way, he has received distinctions such as being named as one of the Top 20 Wellness Warriors to watch for…

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Elegant and Poetic, Carrie La Seur’s ‘The Weight of an Infinite Sky’ Draws Inspiration from Shakespeare

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The second novel from environmental lawyer Carrie La Seur, The Weight of an Infinite Sky is a stunning story about family, murder, betrayal, and love, drawing in elements of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Set in the unforgiving, open land of Montana, La Seur easily captures the essence of the West in her writing, making each reader feel the soul of the Montana earth around them. Elegant, poignant, and poetic, The Weight of an Infinite Sky is a beautiful addition to La Seur’s works. Anthony Fry rebelled against the family expectations that, as the only son, he would take over the cattle ranch from his father; a business that had been in the family for generations. Instead, Anthony dreamt of leaving Montana for the city, hoping for…

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BookTrib Q&A: Joanne Sonenshine, Author of ‘ChangeSeekers’ on Changing Careers and Finding Your Calling

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It’s not always clear where we’re headed in life, or in our career. We’re in an age where it seems like we have to decide what our one, true calling is and what we will do with the rest of our lives at a relatively young age. However, this isn’t always the way it turns out and, more often than not, we get hit by the realization that where we are in life is not where we want to be, and most times in our careers, we certainly are not doing what we want to be doing. Joanne Sonenshine is the Founder and CEO of Connective Impact, a business that brings organizations and corporations together to make lasting, sustainable progress…

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