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Take Me Out To The Book Club, A Reader Celebration

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“My drinking club has a book problem,”  said a wise humorist somewhere. As the hours wind down on National Reading Group Month, we have this to say to anyone who is not a member of a book club: our deepest sympathies. But of the many subscribers to the BookTrib newsletter and visitors to our website, chances are greater you belong to multiple book clubs than to none at all. Statistics indicate that well more than five million Americans belong to a book club. People join book clubs for many reasons: discuss books, socialize, get introduced to new authors and genres, escape household chores, eat, drink, assess neighbors’ design tastes, improve your quality of life, you name it. Whatever your reason,…

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For Novak: Romance, Mystery, Cookies & Greek Goddess

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Having written more than 50 novels, Brenda Novak is an expert at pulling our romantic heartstrings. But in addition, a mysterious disappearance forms the backdrop in Before We Were Strangers (MIRA). Inspired by a segment from a true-crime television show, her latest novel is a story of intrigue, mystery, and psychosis. Novak says she watched a show that “featured a woman whose mother went missing when she was small. As the girl grew up, she suspected her father had something to do with it, but she wasn’t sure enough to accuse him, and because there was no solid evidence… Novak couldn’t resist the pull of the question, “Did the father do it?” and wanted to explore the mystery through her…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books You Must Read Before the End of Summer

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Summer is almost over–can you face it? Before it slips away, we have five hot new books about facing it — feelings, family secrets, the one who got away. Before you head off to fall’s state fairs, you’ll want to indulge in this lingering taste of summer. Starlight on Willow Lake, Susan Wiggs (Mira Books, August 25) “Wiggs’ carefully detailed plotlines, one contemporary and one historical, with their candid look at relationships and their long-term effects, are sure to captivate readers.” —Booklist, starred review Heat Index: After a horrible accident, Alice Bellamy must hire a caretaker to help her get around. When Faith McCallum, Alice’s new live-in nurse, stumbles across some damning evidence about the accident, it’s up to her…

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