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The Elegance and Beauty of a Struggling Family

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In her heartfelt and elegantly written debut of a beautiful, struggling family, it’s clear that Fatima Farheen Mirza is a gifted writer. She is more than able to make you feel every character’s emotions, while offering compassion for different views, gradually revealing different aspects of each story to create a multilayered tapestry. A Place For Us begins at Hadia’s wedding in California, where the family gathers to celebrate a marriage based on love, rather than one that was arranged. Huda, the middle child, is determined to be like her sister more and more, headstrong and bold. Lastly, Amar, Hadia’s younger brother who ran away three years earlier, has returned for the celebration, taking his place as the brother of the bride.…

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Declutter Your Bookshelf! 5 Tips to Kickstart Your Spring Cleaning

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When I was younger, I used to think that spring cleaning was a myth my mom invented to force me to do a lot of housework every year. I still kind of think that, but the myth has stuck: every April I feel this weird itch to clean my house from top to bottom. The cleaning part is easy, I just bust out the vacuum and go to town. The harder part is decluttering, specifically when it comes to my book collection. Because while I don’t really have an emotional attachment to all of those old dresses I toss out each year, books are another story. Voracious readers will understand my pain. Despite my best efforts to not buy any…

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‘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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Best of BookTrib 2017: The Top 10 May Books We Need to Read Now!

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! April showers have brought May flowers! It’s finally time for tulips and lilacs and warm afternoons spent curled up on a sunny porch. All the better if you have a great new book to read while you soak up that springtime sun. Thankfully, there are tons of awesome new May books, from historical thrillers to breezy beach reads – including new releases by some all-time favorite authors. Here are the top 10 May books we can’t wait to dive into: Gwendy’s Button Box,…

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‘Each Life Can Teach Us’: Bestselling Author Steven Gaines on Memoir Writing

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Why are so many people writing memoirs? Expiation? Ego? Money? Revenge?  One reason is that access to social media has given the average citizen the misimpression that people care what they had for lunch. Andy Warhol was wrong when he said in the future everybody was going to be famous for 15 minutes. The future is here, and everybody is famous for 15 seconds, the length of time it takes to write a 140 character Tweet, or to post a vacation photo on Instagram, or catalog moods, movie reviews, and bad affairs on Facebook. The ease of publishing Print on Demand books, and ebooks, has given all of us a shot at being Proust.    A while ago I rang…

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The 10 Best Science Thrillers Ever Written: Jon Land’s Picks

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So my latest Caitlin Strong thriller, Strong to the Bone, is heavily based in science, particularly bio-engineering, after clinical trials for a groundbreaking anti-rejection drug go horribly wrong. That results in bad guys, really bad guys, ending up in possession of what could be the ultimate weapon. So I got to thinking about the genesis of thrillers at least reasonably grounded in scientific principals, and I came up with a list of books to which I can only hope Strong to the Bone, to be published on December 5, 2017 by Forge Books, will be compared favorably. The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton What can I say? This is the grandfather of the entire genre by the man who practically invented…

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What is the Half-Billion Dollar Trend You Don’t Know About?

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Monet Timmons is one our two 2017 Writers-in-Residence. Read this exciting piece on books about natural hair care by Ms. Timmons. Recently, more Black women have been choosing to wear their natural hair, free from chemical processing with a focus on maintaining hair health. This trend has been gaining more attention as hair care lines like Pantene and others add more products that are geared toward Black women and as celebrities like Taraji P. Henson grace the cover of Glamour magazine sporting natural styles. Even YouTube offers an array of instructional videos from various sources on how to style and care for natural hair.   In the late 1960s, Black women began wearing Afros as a form of political resistance…

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Best of 2017: 10 Gift Ideas for the Reader or Writer in Your Life

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There’s nothing quite like sharing a book or a story with someone you know will understand and love it, the same way that you do. This commonality is what inspires book clubs, newsletters, fan sites, blogs, podcasts, and so much more, all centered on reading and writing. But one of the best things about being in a community of people who love books as much as you, are the presents book lovers give to one another. There’s really no better time than the present to get ahead on your holiday shopping. Here’s a list of 2017’s best gift ideas for the readers and writers in your life! Literary Quote Tote Bag  Okay, we can all say it: books are heavy. But for some reason,…

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TGIT Recaps – What to Expect From Your Fave Shonda Shows

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Warning: Major spoilers for the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder ahead! Last Thursday was the ABC winter finales of all of our favorite Shonda Rhimes shows – otherwise known as TGIT. Thank goodness it was Thursday, indeed. The winter finale event kicked off with Grey’s Anatomy at 8PM, Scandal at 9PM, and How to Get Away with Murder at 10PM. Each show promised to deliver on the drama and reveals, leaving us waiting with baited breath for new episodes to return January 26th. And we weren’t disappointed. From characters getting shot to blood-soaked helicopters, last night was a real rollercoaster – and exactly what you would expect from a Shondaland production. If…

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Books are the New Superheroes: Reading is the Antidote to Holiday Stress

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Barnes and Noble recently did an independent survey on reading habits, and it turns out that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest reading day of the year! Many of us leaf through the pages of our favorite novels over the Thanksgiving holiday season to relax. Reading also makes traveling better, with over 75% of the American population finishing one book, magazine, or other literary publication over the holiday travels. If you thought reading couldn’t possibly get any better after all that, the survey also revealed that one-in-four Americans will bring along a book to avoid awkward family situations. We’ve all been there (let’s be honest here, folks), but admittedly, bringing along a book for that exact purpose might be a new…

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The Best of 2017: Booktrib’s Weekly Countdown to the End of the Year

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As the year is winding down to a close (there are only six weeks left!), we’re looking back at 2017, and everything it’s brought us. There have been some pretty crazy moments, some terrible moments, but also some great moments: Colin Kaepernick took taking a knee to a national level; we had a complete solar eclipse in the middle of August; and the first American woman won the women’s division of the NYC Marathon since 1977. These are just a few of the memorable moments from the best of 2017 that we’ve had, and that’s not even including the books. The books of 2017 have covered a variety of genres  and topics; some are older, and some brand new: Margaret Atwood’s The…

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Is Chat-Fiction the Next Big Thing in Publishing?

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If you’ve ever heard of chat fiction, chances are, you’ve got a teenager. Think about it like this: e-books were the new alternative to paperbacks, and chat fiction is the new alternative to e-books. Instead of just putting paperbacks into digital format, chat-fiction are stories, but told in text message format. The idea is that because the text format is more familiar to the teenagers and pre-teens of today who grew up texting, then having a book or a story in text message format will encourage them to read more – and surprisingly, it’s working. The original chat-fiction app was Hooked, available for $2.99 per week. The app launched in 2015, and has remained popular since, with an ever-growing fan…

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Early Bird Books: 8 Notable Books That Inspired Memorable Movies

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Books and movies have a relationship that’s as old as Hollywood itself. Together, writers and filmmakers have given us everything from great adaptations to huge disappointments, and some truly weird interpretations in between. But that comes with the territory of turning our favorite words into live action pieces of cinema. If you’re a fan of both books and movies, check out these eight books that inspired adaptations. The Color Purple, Alice Walker The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and went on to inspire the classic 1985 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. With apologies to Spielberg, Walker’s novel remains the definitive version of the story. Walker’s book uses a technique that film just can’t accommodate. The…

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Cold Weather Thrillers You Absolutely Have to Read This November

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This November, the weather is getting cold and we’re ready to sit down and read some favorites. Thrillers are a hit right now, so we have some suggestions for you to help you pick up the next novel for your bookshelf. The Midnight Line, Lee Child Jack Reacher, the best series hero in thrillers today, seems even bigger than usual in Lee Child’s mesmerizing The Midnight Line, in which he finds himself embroiled in a high stakes criminal conspiracy that raises the stakes considerably from his past adventures. The set-up is pure gold, with Reacher typically stepping off a bus to stretch his legs and happening upon something that sets the story off to the races. In this case, it’s…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: #NovelClass Featuring Tom Perrotta’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’

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Writer’s Bone Podcast, hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy, gives insight into the world of writing and sheds light on some of your favorite writers every week! This week, we introduce you to a very special episode of #NovelClass.  In this Friday Morning Coffee episode, Dave Pezza and Daniel Ford speak on their ninth installment of #NovelClass, a way for you to learn more about the books that are on your radar. In these episodes, they sit down and put their thoughts on books into conversation that you get to analyze and enjoy! This week’s episode focuses on Tom Perrotta’s Mrs. Fletcher. Just a warning: This episode contains major spoilers, so listen at your own risk! You may be familiar with…

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15 Best Independent Bookstore Bargains

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Fueling a book addiction can be seriously expensive. While reading is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, if you still enjoy the feel of a paperback or hardcover in your hands, financing the experience can put a dent in your budget. As we get closer to the holidays it’s nice to find bargains on all the things we love, especially BOOKS! But what happens when the book you’re looking for isn’t on sale or your bookstore rewards aren’t available? Don’t despair! We have a list of online bookstores that offer good books for those of us on a budget! So indulge in that book addiction without breaking the bank (and even have a little left over to spend this holiday season). Strand Books…

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