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“Golden Handcuffs:” The Secret History of Trump’s Women

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Has any president in the history of the United States had a more fraught relationship with women than Donald Trump? He flagrantly cheated on all three of his wives, brushed off multiple accusations of sexual assault, publicly ogled his eldest daughter, and bought the silence of a porn star and a Playmate. How does he get away with this behavior in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp? And what are the roots of this profound misogyny? Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women (Gallery Books) by Newsweek national politics correspondent Nina Burleigh, answers these questions by examining the six most important women in Donald Trump’s life – his mother and grandmother, his three wives, and his first-born daughter. The…

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Ten’s Gretchen McNeil: How to Make Serial Killers Fun

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Gretchen McNeil is not only an incredibly talented author, she’s also a professionally trained opera singer, a natural performer, and one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. The hit YA author is probably best known for her book Ten, which won numerous awards before being turned into a Lifetime original movie. Then, just to cement her place in our hearts as the reigning queen of YA horror, she came out with with the two book Don’t Get Mad series, with Get Even being released in 2014, and the follow-up Get Dirty in 2015. Now, she’s back with a new YA horror novel, #MurderTrending. But this one’s doing something new, which is showcasing McNeil’s natural affinity for comedy. While we all know that comedy and horror together can…

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Abigail DeWitt: How Trump Killed My Taste for Profanity

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The top critical Amazon review of my last novel, Dogs, laments that “there was unnecessary use of the ‘F’ word.” The novel is from the point of view of a pot-smoking, shoplifting teenager in the 1970s. What did the reader expect? I laughed and figured I was in good stylistic company: I’d once heard Junot Diaz criticized on NPR for his “language,” and the radio host wasn’t talking about the rhythm of his sentences. In fairness to my Amazon critic, it isn’t only when I’m inside the mind of a fictional character that I’m drawn to profanity. I’ve loved swearing since I was a little girl. My father, who taught me to love good writing, swore like the Navy veteran…

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Ripped from the Headlines: New Releases that Blend Politics, Pop Culture, and Current Events

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Headline news changes as fast as it can, with each new viral video, political scandal or celebrity moment that’s caught on tape. But there are some headlines that stay with you, and over the past year we’ve definitely had a few we won’t be forgetting any time soon: from the beginnings of the Russia investigation, to The New Yorker‘s expose on Harvey Weinstein. While no one can predict the pace at which headline, breaking news is no longer worthy of being a headline, some events line up too perfectly for us not to comment on. Here we have a list of books on topics that have been dominating the news lately, whether they’re pop-culture, politics, or current events. War on Peace: The End…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: YOU May Be Related to Hillary Clinton

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Author A.J. Jacobs recently discovered that he was related to President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Donald Trump! Jacobs’ latest book, “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” was born out of this one email: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” The journalist and contributing writer for Esquire who is best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments shares how he chronicled his three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history. The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with home genealogy kits like AncestryDNA more than doubled during 2017 and now exceeds 12 million. We also speak to Gael LeLamer, Book Buyer at Books…

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Was Embattled Ex-Trump Aide Sam Nunberg’s Media Meltdown a Plea for Help Or a Pitch for a Book Deal?

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It was the s*** show everyone was either watching, tweeting or talking about in real time from 2:30 pm on Monday until late into the night. Former Trump aide, employee and campaigner, Sam Nunberg had a major media meltdown across five shows on two cable news networks and several local TV news programs in NYC and elsewhere. He also, reportedly, contacted every journalist who mentioned his name on social media, many of whom tweeted in disbelief that he had contacted them. Nunberg’s tirade was being discussed and analyzed on just about every network covering politics and pop culture. The one place he was not seen was on FOX News, which chose to cover Sunday night’s Oscar ratings, instead. If you…

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*NEW COLUMN*: ‘At the Nobel Prize Banquet’ by Pia de Jong

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BookTrib.com is happy to welcome prize-winning Dutch literary novelist and newspaper columnist Pia de Jong. Pia’s memoir, Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition, is her first book in English.  The Nobel Prize is Pia’s latest installment as a BookTrib featured columnist. Her first article, All the Glittering Prizes, kicked off this series with rave reviews. You will enjoy her work as much as we do!   At the Nobel Prize Banquet  The trumpets sound a fanfare, and I walk with 1,300 invited guests into the courtyard of the City Hall of Stockholm, which has been transformed into a dining room. Students wearing sailor hats and blue-yellow sashes lead us to festive tables that stretch from wall to wall.…

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7 Donald Trump Books Written By Authors from Both Sides

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A lot has been said about our POTUS, Donald J. Trump—some of it good, much of it terrible, and a whole lot in between. But whether you’re Red or Blue, it’s impossible to deny his hold over the American public (nay, the entire world). His brash ‘all-Americanness’ and decidedly unpresidential behavior is something his supporters and his detractors simply can’t look away from. Like our Twitter feeds and television screens, bookstore shelves are also bursting with tales of Trump. Countless authors have offered their two cents—but which books are most worth reading? From biographies written by his closest friends to the read-of-the-moment, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, we’ve included a balanced selection of the best Donald Trump books to help…

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Author Rick Pullen Gets Fired Up Over His New Book, ‘The Apprentice’

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“Virtual Coffee With” is a new column on BookTrib where we chat via email or social media with some of today’s most prolific writers.  For our inaugural interview we connected with award-winning investigative reporter, magazine editor and author Rick Pullen.  Pullen, who is best known for his 2016 thriller, Naked Ambition, is also a BookTrib contributor. Here is our virtual chat with Pullen about his latest release, The Apprentice, what inspires him and how he made the successful transition from award-winning journalist to bestselling novelist.  BT: How did the transition come about, from a career in investigative journalism to publishing your first fiction book? How did it change your process of writing? RP: I went from reporter to editor, so I’ve been a magazine…

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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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Trending Today: Weeks After Signing Book Deal, Colin Kaepernick Lands GQ Cover

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Since being frozen out of the NFL this season for staging silent protests during the singing of the National Anthem, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to go gently into that good night. Though it seems his professional football career has stalled, Kaepernick is still making power moves away from the gridiron. Last month, it was announced that he signed a $1 million book deal with Random House imprint, One World. Neither Kaepernick nor One World have commented on what the book will cover, but many speculate the events of the last two years, including how a veteran advised him to take a knee— as opposed to sitting during the anthem— to honor oppressed people killed by the gross systemic…

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Famed Gossip Columnist Liz Smith Dies at Age 94

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Known as the “Queen of New York Tabloids”  and “The Grand Dame of Dish,” gossip columnist and write Liz Smith made a career reporting on the lives and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Smith began her career in the 1950’s working for Mike Wallace before writing the Cholly Knickerbocker column for Hearst Magazines. By the 1980’s, she had become the most powerful and celebrated tabloid writer living a life much like the people she dished on. Smith grew up listening to Walter Winchell radio broadcasts and longed for “the glamour and the excitement of New York”  for herself, she once said. In the late 40’s, she moved to NYC with only $50 dollars and no contacts in the publishing world…

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From Obama to Trump (and Everything in Between): 2017 Election Day New Releases

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Since last November, Presidential politics and elections have been on everyone’s mind. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you fall, each of us has pondered the future of American politics and whether or not our democracy can withstand the impact of foreign intrusion and maintain its integrity for future generation. As voting citizens, we have the right to explore our political options and vote for the candidate we best see fit to lead our nation.  However, much can be learned from critical analysis and study of the political process. Today is yet another election day, and we will once again be deciding the very fate of the union. The majority of the races are for local candidates, but…

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Colin Kaepernick Signs $1 Million Deal with Random House Imprint

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Football players have been making headlines about their behaviors off the field for years, but last year, ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for very different reasons.  In order to bring attention to the oppression of people of color, Kaepernick decided he would kneel and continue to kneel during the playing of the national anthem until the words in the song rang true for everyone. His actions yielded a very different responses from the public and from those in the public eye. We saw everything from #veteransforkaepernick trending, and a well-known former NYPD officer declaring his support of Kaepernick; while others have posted videos of themselves burning Kaepernick’s jersey and threats to boycott the NFL if Kaepernick was…

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‘Unbelievable’ New Releases You Can’t Wait to Read!

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Two weeks into September and it’s finally starting to feel like fall, and with the new season, comes new books! From riveting autobiographies and intense dramas, to provoking sci-fi and secret love, here are eight new books just released this week. The wide variety of genres ensures that there’s something for everybody to read. Forest Dark: A Novel, Nicole Krauss From acclaimed author Nicole Krauss comes her latest novel, a vivid story centered around the lives of two very different people, one an older, recently retired partner of a law firm, and the other a young, well-known novelist going through both personal and professional troubles. Both find themselves in Israel, desperately searching for something they haven’t been able to find. Full of…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Apple Changes StoryTime Forever, Emma Watson is a Book Fairy, Trump’s Win Explained in Literature

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The election is understandably still on everyone’s mind. But there was some interesting literature news peppered into all the politics last week. Here’s our weekly roundup of what went down in the world of books: Apple Revolutionizes StoryTime Bedtime has never looked so electronic! This week, Apple launched a new app called iBooks StoryTime that allows parents to download and read children’s books on their TV. Not only are the pictures and words large enough for young eyes to see, but it’s also interactive: some books have sound effects and highlighted words. The whole app also has a Read Aloud function, which means that on certain books, pages will flip automatically when you’re done reading the words. The app is…

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