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Look Out! Bookish Reads For Shark Week

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Look out! Shark Week is coming. If you’re like us, you look forward to this weeklong celebration of all things shark. In fact, we’re so excited that we fished through our bookshelves in order to share our 12 favorite Shark Week reads with you. Go ahead and dive into these books.    The epic story Jaws (Random House) by Peter Benchley. No Shark Week list would be complete without this one. You’ll find the mother of all sharks in Peter Benchley’s classic white whale of a shark book. Jaws makes us fear the water will never be safe again. In Ann Kidd Taylor’s The Shark Club (Penguin)Marine biologist Maeve Donnelly, the protagonist of…

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Book Club Picks From Bookish to Stuff in Beach Bag

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or curled up next to the blasting AC, we’ve got a summer book club recommendation for you and all of your favorite bookworms. These eight new releases are sure to get your club talking. There’s a new mystery from Megan Abbott, a new twist on a fairytale favorite from Naomi Novik, and an unforgettable tale about two Colombian sisters from Ingrid Rojas Contreras. For even more books for your beach bag, check out our summer must-read roundup. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Advance buzz for Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree has been considerable, and for good reason. Your book club…

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Books to Read for World Refugee Awareness Month

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. June is World Refugee Awareness Month. To bring insight into the diverse experiences of refugees, we’ve rounded up some of the best books by and about refugees. Whether you’re interested in reading a memoir, a reported work of nonfiction, a novel, or sharing a story with a young reader, there’s a book here for everyone. Read on, and enjoy some deep conversations inspired by these thought-provoking books. In Ishmael Beah’s memoir, he recounts his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone during the country’s civil war. Years later, at 16, Beah was rescued by UNICEF and then adopted by his uncle.     Thi Bui’s graphic memoir recounts the author’s experiences as a new…

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Sarah MacLean on Wickedly Weaving Scandal & Privilege

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. If you’re looking for an addicting summer read, you can’t go wrong with Sarah MacLean’s Wicked and the Wallflower, the first book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series. The story follows the electric romance between Lady Felicity Faircloth, who is trying to recover from a recent scandal, and Devil, who hopes to use Felicity to get revenge on his brother. This is one of our top romance picks of the season, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with MacLean to talk about this exciting new series. Here MacLean shares how James Joyce inspired the book’s theme of consent, and her plans for smuggling booze into 19th-century London. Bookish: Lady Felicity Faircloth appeared in The Day…

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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke: This Book Nearly Broke Them

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. National Best Friend Day is celebrated on June 8, and here at Bookish we are super excited about it. Some of our best friends are characters in books, but literary friendships can take another form: best friends who co-write. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke know all about that. This pair of besties is responsible for bringing readers novels including The Good Widow and Girls’ Night Out, which will be available on July 24. Here, Liz and Lisa dish on how Girls’ Night Out tested their friendship and almost destroyed it. There’s no easy way to say this: We almost broke up last year. Our thirty-year friendship and nine-year writing relationship came to a roaring halt while writing our latest release, Girls’ Night Out, a…

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Art Teacher in Peril in Kelli Clare’s Debut Novel “Hidden”

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Can’t decide whether you want your next book to be a romance or a thriller? Never fear: If you pick up Kelli Clare’s debut novel Hidden, you don’t have to choose. This romantic suspense novel follows an art teacher named Ellie James who realizes that her life is in danger. A handsome stranger named Will Hastings appears and claims he will protect her from a bloodthirsty group named the Order, but will his help be enough? To celebrate this book’s June 5 release, check out this exclusive excerpt from the fourth chapter of Hidden. I pounded the side of my fist on the door frame. The police believed we were missing—we’d have to skip the funeral. Not…

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Alison McGhee: What I Leave Behind Is a Love Letter to the Girl I Used to Be

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Alison McGhee’s young adult novel What I Leave Behind follows a teenage boy named Will as he attempts to make sense of tragedies in his life, the pain that his friends have experienced, and the struggles of others. The book is a deeply personal one for McGhee, and here she shares the story of how her own life and the girl she used to be helped to shape Will and his story. Will, the star of my new book What I Leave Behind, is deeply familiar to me, maybe because he reminds me of myself at his age. Will is lonely, even though he’s loved by everyone who knows him. He absorbs the sadness and struggles of those…

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Amy Spalding on a Fat Character Who’s Not the “Before”

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Readers looking for a fun and summery YA rom-com won’t want to miss The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles). The novel follows Abby Ives, a gay girl and plus-sized fashion blogger on a mission to find the best burger in LA and to score a paid position at the boutique where she interns. Along the way, she falls in love with another girl interning at the shop, photographer Jordi Perez. Here author Amy Spalding writes about her connection to Abby and the importance of fat narratives that don’t treat characters like before and after photos. Like most writers, I have a constant list of book ideas taking up space in my…

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Bookish: Book Recommendations for Our Favorite This Is Us Characters

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. The Bookish staff has fallen in love with the Pearson family. We laugh with them, we cry (frequently) with them, and now we want to read with them. Here, we’ve carefully paired our favorite This Is Us characters with the perfect book recommendations. Some are poignant, some are lighthearted, and some are simply hilarious. You can never have too many book recommendations. Tell us in the comments which books you’d pair with This Is Us characters. For Jack Pearson: Behold the Dreamers Jack is the pillar of the Pearson family. He is their rock and guiding light. For Jack, we recommend Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers—a moving tale about an immigrant family who moves from Cameroon to Harlem. There are strong…

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Bookish: Nailed It: Book Covers Paired with Stylish Manicures

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. You’re never fully dressed without a book in your hand. But if you want to feel extra stylish, why not match your polished fingertips to whatever book you’re enjoying at the moment? To get you started, we’ve taken book covers as our inspiration and let our imagination run wild. These are some of the eye-popping combinations we loved and would particularly excited to sport to our next book club meeting. We can’t wait to get out our polish and don these literary nails!     Picture yourself sporting these playful multicolored nails. We love the subtle touches of camo that these nails and this book cover share.   With these regal blue and gold…

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Bookish: Ava Dellaira on ‘In Search of Us’ and the Invisible Inheritance of Our History

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Ava Dellaira’s sophomore novel, In Search of Us, explores the importance of personal and family history through the lives of two young women. The narrative jumps between the past and the present to weave together the stories of Marilyn, a white teen who struggles to be what her mom wants her to be, and Angie, Marilyn’s biracial 17-year-old daughter who is searching for her father. We had the opportunity to talk with Dellaira about the importance of shared history, her relationship with her mom, and how pregnancy changed how she viewed her own novel. Bookish: Through Angie and Marilyn, you explore the idea that to know ourselves we must know our history (the history of our…

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Love in Bloom: Spring 2018’s Must-Read Romances

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Love is in the air and on our bookshelves. This spring is delivering a stunning batch of must-read romance novels that are guaranteed to fill your heart with joy. Contemporary fans will not want to waste a second before diving into the final volume in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, while historical readers will be longing for the end of the season when Eloisa James delivers another Wilde novel. Whether you’re looking for romances about dating apps, gender exploration, or rodeos, we’ve got you covered. Follow your heart and find your next favorite romance. Bad Bachelor (Sourcebooks Casablanca), Stefanie London Dating in New York City can be a nightmare, which is why Brooklyn librarian Darcy Greer downloads the Bad…

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Exclusive Interview and Excerpt: Jen Wang’s ‘The Prince and the Dressmaker’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Jen Wang’s latest graphic novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker, is an inspiring story about the blossoming connection between a young seamstress with dreams of becoming a fashion designer and a prince who wears dresses by night and longs for parental acceptance by day. This interview with author and illustrator Jen Wang includes and exclusive excerpt from the book that is quickly becoming a fan favorite.   The Prince and the Dressmaker (excerpt) Interview with Jen Wang Bookish: This is a story about self acceptance and identity exploration. What drew you to those themes? Jen Wang: I wrote this book for my teenage self, so it’s all about themes that were important to my young self: questioning…

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Bookish: Writers Recommend: What Attica Locke, Danielle Lazarin, and Laurie Gwen Shapiro Are Reading Now

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. In order to be a good author, you’ve got to be a good reader, right? That’s what we’ve always thought anyway. To keep our shelves stocked with must-read recommendations, we scoured social media to discover the books that our favorite writers recommend. Looking for more recommendations? Check out our staff reads. Anna Meriano loved Stella Díaz Has Something to Say and so did we. Finally picked this up and I’m already in loveeeee 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/JQ8peNxGv7 — Anna Meriano (@AnnaMisboring) February 14, 2018 Attica Locke shared an emoji review of The Wife by Alafair Burke. Just finished. 🤭😳👏🏾❤️ A post shared by attica (@atticalocke) on Feb 1, 2018 at 8:48pm PST Danielle Lazarin is itching to read Rachel Lyon’s Self-Portrait with Boy. I can’t wait till launch…

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Bookish: Amber Smith on How the Cycle of Abuse Shaped The Last to Let Go

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Earlier this winter, we named Amber Smith’s sophomore novel, The Last to Let Go, as one of the must-read books of the season. This young adult book introduces readers to Brooke Winters, a high school junior coming to terms with the fact that her mother murdered her abusive father. Here, Smith shares how she wove her own experiences of grief into the story and discusses the importance of understanding and stopping the cycle of abuse. I always try to write books that share a message I needed as a young person. I ask myself which lessons were hard for me to learn when I was growing up. Domestic violence is an issue I hold close to my heart,…

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Express Yourself: Literary Valentines for Every Kind of Reader

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Every Wednesday, see what our “book buddies” are up to and stay in the know with all the news you need to know about books, literature and pop culture. Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s that day of the year that many of us buy flowers, chocolates, and and maybe even make some romantic plans. All you need to complete your February 14th is the perfect card. You’re in luck! We’ve dreamed up and designed some adorable literary valentines to give to your friends, family, and maybe even a beau or two. Whether you want to say it with a Dementor’s kiss or make your best friend giggle with an ISBN joke, we’ve got the…

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