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Jon Land’s Year-End Picks: 6 Best Thrillers of the Season

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Tis’ the season… for a good thriller! From some of the best known thriller writers come some great suggestions you don’t want to miss, like unforgettable novels by James Rollins and Lisa Gardner. No matter what adventure you’re looking for them to take you on, here are some suggestions for every thriller lover: The Demon Crown, James Rollins James Rollins, the master of the speculative thriller, never fails to deliver. But his latest, The Demon Crown, threatens to rewrite the rules of a sub-genre he practically invented. All the usual Rollins staples are firmly on display right from the start: a massive threat to mankind, the stalwart Sigma Force’s desperate attempts to stop it, and a cunning villain determined to thwart…

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‘The Eves of Our Destruction’: Can Citizens be Ignorant and Free at the Same Time?

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As authors, we tend to specialize in writing fiction or nonfiction. A few writers are able to successfully write both entertaining fiction and erudite nonfiction but in a terrible irony, increasingly, our society seems to be so easily manipulated in blurring the distinction. In 1816 in a letter to John Adams, Jefferson wrote, “bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.” I have been wondering lately if it is possible to be free and ignorant at the same time. This is very troubling to me because in the last few years and particularly this year, what counts for knowledge and facts has been so blurred, I don’t think we can know the difference.…

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Ron Chernow Shares Insight on his Newest Novel, ‘Grant’

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book! podcast, Roxanne Coady joins author Ron Chernow to talk about his latest expository biography on Ulysses S. Grant. Just who is Ron Chernow? He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, historian, and journalist who wrote the biography that became the inspiration behind the record-breaking, hip-hop Broadway musical Hamilton.  In Chernow’s newest novel Grant, he paints the former president as a flawed…

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Review: ‘The Underground Railroad’ is the Best Book of the Year — Maybe the Decade

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Decades before the Civil War, a slave woman named Cora risks her life and runs off a cotton plantation in Georgia. Colson Whitehead’s hero in The Underground Railroad is afraid to take a gamble on so much until she realizes she wouldn’t be risking that much to begin with. Being a slave is not a life anyone would want to live; her livelihood is no livelihood at all. In bondage, Cora merely exists. She must take that ultimate risk: liberty or death. In his novel, Whitehead successfully gets to the heart of how slavery reduces a person to a point beyond recoverable humanity with this masterful, weaving tale of America’s nefarious past. Blending history with fictional innovation, Whitehead breathes life…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Steve Berry, Author of The Lincoln Myth

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE LINCOLN MYTH Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely—not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever? The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of…

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A conversation with Joshua Zeitz on LINCOLN’S BOYS

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A conversation with Joshua Zeitz author of LINCOLN’S BOYS: JOHN HAY, JOHN NICOLAY AND THE WAR FOR LINCOLN’S IMAGE Enter below to win a copy until March 5 This Q&A was conducted by Zeitz’s publisher, Viking. What role did John Hay and John Nicolay play in Abraham Lincoln’s life? Every president has his guy. FDR had Harry Hopkins; JFK had RFK; Bush II had Karl Rove; and Barack Obama has Plouffe and Axelrod. During Lincoln’s tenure in the White House, Nicolay and Hay were the President’s closest personal and professional associates. They lived with the First Family in the executive mansion; they acted as the president’s official gatekeepers and political fixers; they were his constant companions by day and night;…

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