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Immigration Attorney Memoir Reads Like Espionage Thriller

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It’s a collection of immigration case histories that read more like espionage thrillers, populated with KGB agents, nuclear whistle-blowers, and even accused terrorists fighting for their lives as well as legal standing in the U.S. With the publication of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (American Bar Association), Michael Wildes, Managing Partner of the premier immigration firm Wildes and Weinberg P.C., shares nearly a quarter century on the front lines of the immigration controversy. But he also tells human stories – children kidnapped to foreign countries in bitter divorce battles; families destroyed by the attack on the World Trade Center; a hero’s shabby treatment after standing up to terror; and more. As Safe Haven hits the bookshelves, BookTrib asked Wildes…

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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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How Oxenberg Saved Her Daughter from Cult Clutches

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Sometimes a book is ripped from the headlines. Sometimes it’s the other way around. Captive (Gallery Books), a blow-by-blow account of actress Catherine Oxenberg’s determination to save her daughter and bring down the Nxivm sex cult, reads like fiction. But you can’t make a story like this up. Oxenberg says Nxivm brainwashed her daughter, India, and turned her into someone ready to recruit sex slaves into a secret society that branded members with the initials of the group’s founder, Keith Raniere. Raniere is now in prison, and several of his high-ranking Nxivm leaders have been arrested, including Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, whose millions allegedly financed retaliatory legal action against anyone who fell out of Nxivm favor. Charges include racketeering, sex trafficking, forced…

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Gail Honeyman on “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine”

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Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (which is now available in paperback), stops by Writer’s Bone to discuss delving into loneliness in her debut novel, what went into crafting her memorable main character Eleanor, and how she balanced drama and humor throughout the narrative. To learn more Gail Honeyman, visit her official website or follow her on Twitter @GailHoneyman. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways!

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Comic Thriller “Death and Taxes” Pits an IRS Repo Squad Against the Mongolian Mob, Radioactive Cows and a Murderous Eunuch

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Mark Douglas is an IRS accountant, a former Marine content to hide out in his cubicle and audit suspicious tax returns. His latent thirst for action is satisfied by occasional forays into the field, armed with tear gas, a bull horn, and a rental truck to haul in whatever pays the back taxes of the most egregious evaders. Life is good for Mark. After long days at the office courting carpal tunnel syndrome, he joins his co-workers at their local watering hole to relive past glories deciphering fraudulent tax returns, ponder unexpected consequences of tax loopholes, and ogle busty barmaids. Mark’s boss, Lila, is a beautiful and sexy tax prodigy. One day, she discovers “odd jiggles” in three seemingly unconnected…

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Maurene Goo Dishes on Food Trucks, Frenemies, and The Way You Make Me Feel

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel contains all of the perfect ingredients for a great summer read. There’s a blossoming romance, a heartfelt enemies-to-frenemies-to-bffs plot, and it’s all centered around a food truck whose menu will leave your mouth watering. Here, we chat with Goo about her favorite literary friendships, her love of Los Angeles, and the surprising character readers are crushing on. Bookish: In many ways, this book is a love letter to Los Angeles—the food, the people, the culture, the music. How have your own experiences growing up and living in LA influenced your writing? Maurene Goo: A lot of reviews of my books mention the “natural diversity” of my characters and this is…

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Part One: BookTrib Q&A with Bestselling 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 bestselling 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 teenager missing. It may…

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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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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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A.J. Finn Takes the Classic Novel Noir to New Heights in His Debut, ‘The Woman in the Window’

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When you’ve been as successful in the publishing world as A.J. Finn, you know a thing or two about what makes a really good book. With his debut novel The Woman in the Window, Finn has done just that: capturing the key element that makes psychological thrillers so captivating and mixing it perfectly with the hallmarks of the noir genre, we can’t wait for you to read this complex, twisted debut. Anna Fox is a recluse unable to go outside of her New York City home. Once a child psychologist with a family, she now lives alone, separated from her husband and young daughter. She spends her days drinking a lot of wine, watching old movies, and spying out the window on the new…

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‘Odd Child Out’: A BookTrib Conversation with Gilly MacMillan

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The saying “art imitates life” rings true in particular for Gilly MacMillan’s detective thriller, Odd Child Out. Her latest novel has the heavy matter of dealing with immigration and refugees, two subjects that are heavily featured in politics and the news across the globe on a daily basis. Yet, MacMillan takes these controversial topics home, having them play out in the friendship between two boys. Students of one of Bristol’s elite private schools, Noah and Abdi are inseparable, best friends since day one. They share a love of the same things, despite their wildly different backgrounds: one is the son of a photographer, with a privileged upbringing, and the other is a refugee from Somalia, attending school on a scholarship. But then…

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History and Music Play in Perfect Harmony in ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’

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Rarely does a book come along that is as masterfully written as Do Not Say We Have Nothing. From critically-acclaimed author Madeleine Thien, the novel was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, and was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, among many others. Living in Vancouver, Marie and her mother invite into their home Ai-Ming, a Chinese refugee fleeing the crackdown in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square Protests in 1989. The novel beautifully splinters apart, delving into different subplots, but all centered around Marie finding and tracing her family history, and the connection between her father Kai, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father Sparrow, a brilliant composer, as well as a violin prodigy. Do Not Say…

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The Return of Bailey Weggins: Author Kate White Talks About Her Latest Book, ‘Even If It Kills Her’

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Bailey Weggins is not your typical heroine. She started out as a writer for a major women’s magazine, before becoming an amateur sleuth with a brief moment of work for a celebrity gossip publication, and then turned true crime journalist. But rather than being the tortured lead character who often thinks that the people she loves would be better off without her in their lives, Bailey is actually relatable: sometimes she makes mistakes, but she tries to put them right; she has good relationships, and people she loves. She’s smart, bold, and pretty gutsy – a character that we can not only relate to, but want to read about. Similarly, the author of the Bailey Weggins Mystery Series, Kate White,…

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‘Welcome to Night Vale’: Chatting it Up with Author Jeffrey Cranor

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When you listen to the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, it doesn’t matter if you were a fan from the beginning, or you became one after listening. Maybe you found it on Tumblr: the thing that becomes immediately apparent from the moment you first hear Cecil’s voice is that this is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Welcome to Night Vale is funny, sometimes creepy, always fascinating, and you’ve definitely struggled to describe what it’s about to someone before. Now, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the minds behind the podcast, have come out with It Devours! A Welcome to Night Vale Novel, following the 2015 release of their first, Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel. Booktrib was lucky enough to catch up with Jeffrey Cranor for…

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Kiss From a Rose: Award-Winning Author Rose Tremain on Writing and ‘Mastering’ Oneself

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Set in Switzerland during World War II , Rose Tremain’s literary masterpiece, The Gustav Sonata, follows the life of Gustav Perle, who is taught at a young age by his mother to master himself, and his emotions – to be neutral like Switzerland in the war. When he begins a friendship with Anton, the young Jewish boy and piano-playing prodigy in his class, Gustav is instantly struck by the comparison between Anton’s supportive and loving family life, and his own, colder relationship with his mother; what begins as an unlikely childhood friendship, becomes a lifelong relationship. Spanning six decades, this novel is a heartbreaking, wonderful story of conscience, friendship, love, and the consequences and legacy of war. Booktrib recently interviewed Rose Tremain about…

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Interview with Patricia Davids, author of ‘Their Pretend Amish Courtship’ (Plus, a GIVEAWAY!)

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Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Patricia Davids,” now! Here, we discuss her latest release from Harlequin’s Love Inspired, Their Pretend Amish Courtship, from the Amish Bachelors series. Watch now and find out about the Amish bachelors — plus, find out where Davids inspiration comes from and how exactly she started writing novels surrounding the Amish lifestyle. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com. PLUS! We’re featuring an AWESOME giveaway with CityGirl Planners worth at least $70. See what you could win below and ENTER now! Make-Believe Beau  Fannie Erb isn’t looking for a husband—especially if she has to leave her beloved horses to go find one. What she needs is…

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