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Amy Meyerson’s Tempest in a California Bookshop

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A romance, a quest, and a literary adventure, Amy Meyerson’s debut novel The Bookshop of Yesterdays (Park Row) introduces a young woman in furious pursuit of the past. Miranda Brooks, named for the heroine of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, is a history teacher who lives in Philadelphia.  She has just moved in with her boyfriend, Jay, who often rubs her the wrong way. But now it’s summer, and they can get to know each other better – until Miranda is called to Los Angeles where her Uncle Billy has died. He has bequeathed to her Prospero Books, a bookstore located in the rapidly gentrifying Silver Lake neighborhood. After the funeral, Miranda, who had not seen her uncle for 16 years,…

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‘The Immortalists’ Review: If You Knew You Were Going To Die Tomorrow, How Would You Live Today?

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In the summer of 1969, four children from a Jewish family on the Lower East Side of Manhattan visit a psychic and are told the date they will die.  Does this information, this prediction, change the way they choose to live?  That question is wrapped in mystery in The Immortalists, a story that takes us through each of the siblings’ lives. Author Chloe Benjamin provides us with a mesmerizing story of these rich characters, and their choices about how to live. Simon, the youngest brother, moves to California to live his truth and gets caught up in the sexual revolution of the 1980s. His sister Klara, who is irresponsible in many ways, chooses to become a magician. Daniel, the oldest brother,…

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BookTrib Review: Jonathan White Captures the ‘Spirit of the Ocean’ in ‘Tides’

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Something unexpected will happen upon reading the chapters of this captivating book. Your nostrils will feel the iodine-laden air brushing as the winds break like waves upon the shores of your assumptions. They will jolt into wakeness. If you ever thought that the constant ebb and flow of the sea was something simple, think again. Jonathan White, an expert sailor, thought he did and came close to pay dearly for his naïve belief. Maps and tide charts reveal only the partial story of tides, the mechanical one. All along the pages of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, White offers another impressive perspective. Tides is first a powerful anthem to the sea, a hymn to a misunderstood life-cycle,…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: A Talk with Diane Ratican, Author of ‘Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?’

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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! Diane Ratican, author of Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, talks to Daniel Ford about what she loves most about Los Angeles and Paris, the gems her research process uncovered, and where the Writer’s Bone crew can find a good cup of coffee in both cities. Diane Ratican, educated at University of California Berkeley in History and Sociology, then at UCLA with a Masters in Sociology and Education, started her career educating gifted children, and then moved on to become a risk-taking entrepreneur. This background uniquely prepared her to engage in this latest endeavor,…

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Gabriel Tallent’s Literary Debut is an ‘Absolute Darling’

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Wow! My Absolute Darling is literary fiction at its finest! This vividly written debut is rich in language with full descriptive prose and incredibly complex characters. Turtle, a motherless teenager living with her reclusive and resourceful survivalist dad, has an unusual existence. Some of her days begin with raw eggs and a sip of beer before she goes on the bus to middle school. With little interaction amongst her classmates and not much interest in academics, her attendance is haphazard. Not the typical northern California fourteen-year-old, she spends lots of time wandering around alone outside in nature and is often busy cleaning her gun. Her large and physically imposing father, Martin, provides sparse supervision and motivation, yet he is all she has,…

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