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“American Like Me” Captures Immigrant Experience

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America Ferrera, award-winning actress for ABC’s hit comedy, “Ugly Betty,” turned activist in 2016 as co-founder of HARNESS, a human rights organization that connects various communities with pop culture leaders. Focusing on the immigrant experience, Ferrera produced a new book, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures (Gallery Books), a collection of 31 first-person essays about growing up between cultures. One of six children of Honduran immigrants, Ferrera writes, “Honduras was my phantom limb. I always felt its presence, but I couldn’t see it, touch it or wave it in the air to prove ‘this right here is a part of me!’ ” She acknowledges what she lost as an immigrant: hundreds of years of connection and history, and…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Vanessa Grigoriadis Explores the Sexual Revolution in Newest Novel

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone as a new feature. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story.  We hope you enjoy this series as much as we do. In Episode 227 of Writer’s Bone, Daniel Ford sits down with Vanessa Grigoriadis to talk about her newest novel, Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus. Vanessa shares insight on what she discovered when she investigated the sexual revolution on college campuses across the United States. She also discusses the current state of journalism we face, as she is a contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair.  Blurred Lines is Vanessa’s first novel…

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Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and More Light Up Authors Night 2017

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Literary luminaries lit up the warm and misty evening at the 13th annual Authors Night to benefit the 120-year-old East Hampton Library. In case you didn’t know, this is event is said to be the premier literary event of the Hamptons and one of the nation’s leading annual literary celebrations.   When I arrived, the parking lot was already full and shuttles, golf carts and mini buses helped attendees get to the massive tent that held 100 authors and more than 2,500 guests. The mood inside the tent was electric and abuzz with excitement. The first person I ran into was the “King of Shoes,” Steven Madden, who sold me shoes when I was in high school. He said he…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Patricia Davids and An Amish Noel (The Amish Bachelors)

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An Amish Homecoming  Luke Bowman’s homecoming is turning Emma Swartzentruber’s carefully ordered world upside down. Gone is her rebellious girlhood crush, and in his place is a handsome man who seems committed to serving the community. Luke’s even agreed to work for Emma’s ill father, whose last wish is to see his daughter wedded to a stable, loving man. But Luke—a man who flirted with the outside world with disastrous consequences—is hardly marriage material for a good Amish woman. Yet this Christmas, when her family is flung into crisis, Emma finds that he may just be the one to capture her heart for good. Leave a comment below to enter to win a one-of-a-kind tote with a passage from the…

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Exclusive: Paul Theroux Discusses Culture and History in the Deep South

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Among our most prolific writers, Paul Theroux has published more than 30 novels and 19 books of non-fiction, many of them travel books, which have brought readers from London to Tokyo, from Panama to China, from Croatia to Kenya, from Burma to India, and to many points in between. However, his latest book, Deep South: Four Seasons on the Back Road (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; September 29, 2015), kept the author closer to home. Theroux spent four seasons on rural roads throughout the southern Unites States. He visited gun shows and small-town churches and spoke to laborers and people who still call the farm up the road “the plantation.” He spoke to the working poor and farming families, social workers and…

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