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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Walking Dead Edition

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TV addiction is real! It is a condition I’m plagued with every day of my life. Now that we’ve established I have a compulsion to watch television on a daily basis (raise your hand if you suffer from this, too), it’s no surprise that I go a bit mad when my shows, in this case, The Walking Dead, finishes up for the season. Why do you do this to us, AMC? It’s torture! Hiatuses are such a drag, especially when you’re invested in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead are trying to eat your brains and the people that you love, or just tolerate, are dropping like flies. Have no fear, Books for TV Addicts are here! The break between…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with M.J. Rose, Author of The Collector of Dying Breaths

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THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS Florence, Italy—1533: An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fra­grances and potent medicines—and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten­tial to reanimate the dead. From the internationally bestselling author, a lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as passion and obsessions collide In France, René becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs…

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STEAL THE NORTH is vocally graceful and fearlessly intimate

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Vocally graceful and fearlessly intimate, STEAL THE NORTH is a striking portrait of modern identity, faith, family, and love in all of its forms. In their starred review, Booklist said of the book’s plot and characters: “Bergstrom’s magnetic debut resonates on several levels, but first and foremost it is a poignant story of the love between two mismatched teens… The reader becomes involved in this thoroughly engaging first novel’s denouement because of how perceptively Bergstrom has drawn her central characters.” With visceral writing and engaging characters, reminiscent of Ann Patchett and Sue Monk Kidd, Heather Brittain Bergstrom has delivered a novel that will appeal to literary and commercial readers alike, especially those who enjoy YA and Women’s fiction. “Bergstrom has…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Ariel Lawhon, Author of THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS

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    “More meticulously choreographed than a chorus line. It all pays off.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW     THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS A wickedly entertaining novel that reconstructs one of America’s most famous unsolved mysteries–the disappearance of Justice Joseph Crater in 1930–as seen through the eyes of the three women who knew him best: his wife, his maid, and his mistress. Representing three very different walks of life, Stella, Ritzi and Maria reveal a New York City brimming with seediness and contradictions, a place where women are second-class citizens and greed and desire permeate the lives of those who live on both sides of the law. “Inspired by a real-life unsolved mystery, this mesmerizing novel features characters…

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Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting tale of love, books and second chances

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Occasionally you find a book that is so sweet and charming that you can’t help but fall in love. This happened for me on a flight to Dallas in January. I read THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY, by Gabrielle Zevin, in one giant gulp and found myself laughing and crying simultaneously in the baggage claim area of DFW while I waited for the my ride. It is the story of a widowed book seller who finds new love and new life when a stranger leaves a surprise package in his bookstore one afternoon. But the book is more than that. It’s a love song to books and those who sell them. It’s filled with the joy and wonder and…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Jason Mott, Author of THE RETURNED, inspired the new ABC series “Resurrection”

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“In his exceptional debut novel, poet Mott brings drama, pathos, joy, horror, and redemption to a riveting tale.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review “This book offers a beautifully written and emotionally astute lens at our world gone awry….Poet and debut author Mott has written a breathtaking novel that navigates emotional minefields with realism and grace.” -Kirkus, starred review “Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.” Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their…

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There’s pie all over Adam’s Grove

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Here in southern Virginia where I’m from, it’s tradition to celebrate a holiday with food. And I don’t mean just some holidays, I mean every little holiday that pops up on the calendar. Even a few that don’t! Take Pi day, for instance. Seems perfectly obvious to me celebrate Pi day with pie. And if I must make a math calculation out of it, I’ll gladly cut my homemade blender custard pie into 3.14 slices and share it with a couple of y’all. (As long as I’m not the one with the .14 bite!) I know I’m not the only one who’d rather eat pie than do math. Mac Honeycutt, owner of Mac’s Bakery in the fictional town of Adams…

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Live Interview with Wiley Cash, Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author

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The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home—hailed as “a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird” (Richmond Times Dispatch)—returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.   WILEY CASH March 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM (ET) This Dark Road to Mercy After their mother’s unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Carla Neggers, Author of Cider Brook

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NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author Carla Neggers joins BookTrib this month to talk about her new book, where she delves into a 300-year-old mystery lurking in a New England Cider Mill. Don’t miss your chance to chat live with Carla, and enter to win a copy of Cider Brook! CARLA NEGGERS Previously AIRED February 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM (ET) Cider Brook Being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter isn’t how Samantha Bennett expected to start her stay in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Now she has everyone’s attention—especially that of Justin Sloan, her rescuer, who wants to know why she was camped out in an abandoned old New England cider mill. Samantha is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights…

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Spinning whale vomit into gold

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by Elisabeth Elo The first seed of North of Boston was planted when I read an article about ambergris – whale excrement or vomit that floats in the sun, washes up on beaches, and eventually becomes a substance that was highly prized in ancient times for its healing and aphrodisiac qualities and that was—and in some cases, still is—used as a base of perfumes.  I loved the paradox, the fusion of opposites.  To think that something so disposable could be transformed through natural processes into something so valued.  Yet its essence was the same. It reminds me of the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin. (I digress, I know, but isn’t that a writer’s prerogative?)  The heroine is given the impossible task of spinning…

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Video: Missed It? John P. Davidson follows the twisted and melancholy path to assassination

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Author and journalist John P. Davidson joined BookTrib to talk about THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN: A Novel Based on a True Story. Based on 10 years of meticulous research, Davidson recreates the story of a man at a crossroads of modern history. Viewers came question ready, and you can also enter to win a copy of his latest novel. JOHN P. DAVIDSON Aired LIVE February 5, 2014: 4:00 PM (ET) Ramón Mercader was plucked from the front of the Spanish Civil War by the Soviets and conscripted to murder the great in­tellectual, Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Bolshevik Revolution who was exiled in the 1920’s for opposing Joseph Stalin. As Ramon is trained for the task and assumes a new…

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Loved Jennifer Lawrence in WINTER’S BONE? You love Daniel Woodrell, too.

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Remember the teenage Jennifer Lawrence—pre-Katniss, pre-Hustle—who burst on to the scene in the grittier than gritty Winter’s Bone in 2010? That was thanks in large part to author Daniel Woodrell, who established himself as the voice of the hardscrabble South with the 2006 novel of the same name. Although it was not his first book, and Woodrell has long been admired in the crime fiction community, the public definitely took more notice of him after Lawrence’s portrayal of Ree Dolly earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The film also earned nods for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for John Hawkes. Woodrell has a superior ear for dialogue and rural argot, and his depiction of…

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Trouble brews in Knights Bridge: Carla Neggers talks CIDER BROOK

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by Carla Neggers Take pirates, treasure, autumn in New England and mix in a treasure hunter and a taciturn firefighter, and we have the ingredients for Cider Brook, my latest Swift River Valley novel. Trust me, no one is more surprised than Samantha Bennett when she’s caught in a burning, abandoned nineteenth-century cider mill and it’s Justin Sloan—the man who got her fired two years ago—who saves her. And Justin? He’s convinced Samantha is up to no good in little Knights Bridge. Like fictional Knights Bridge, my hometown is one of the pretty, classic villages that dot the borders of the Quabbin Reservoir, a beautiful and very real place in the middle of Massachusetts. When I was seven, we moved…

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Catching stories and fried corn

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Danger approaches 16-year-old Shelly Parker’s doorstep in Black Mountain, North Carolina, so she takes off for Georgia’s Lowcountry in Ann Hite’s The Storycatcher (Gallery Books, September 2013). The Appalachian girl—urged by the spirits who dwell in the shadows and forests surrounding her small mountain community to take precautions to avoid the disaster that is imminent—will see and experience things in the island village of Darien that she never imagined. One thing she is familiar with, from her life as the daughter of a serving woman, is fried corn. At the request of her hostess, she sets to work preparing it in the kitchen of her home-away-from-home, just the way her mother, Nada, taught her. I was curious, when I read this portion…

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When Downton Abbey meets things that (might) go bump in the night

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If gothic suspense—“one part mystery, one part ghost story, one part love story and one part thriller”—is your cup of tea, you won’t want to miss this latest tale from the practiced pen of Wendy Webb. A Midwest indie bookstore darling, Webb’s previous two books, The Fate of Mercy Alban and The Tale of Halcyon Crane, were both chosen as IndieNext and Midwest Connection picks. Her third novel, The Vanishing (published this January by Hyperion), offers readers a chance to go from the normal to the paranormal via a mansion in the Minnesota wilderness that might contain much more than drafty halls, with a heroine who might be getting glimpses into the past, and twists and turns that will keep readers guessing…

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SheReads January book club pick

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For months, we’d been calling Jennie Shortridge’s Love Water Memory the “book that got away.” Only choosing one book per month can often feel restrictive, and means that there are books we can’t pay proper attention. Love Water Memory fell into that category when it was published in April 2013. It was a novel we read and fell in love with immediately. A traumatized woman. A secret buried within the folds of her unreliable memory. A man desperate to hold on to her, even as she slips away. And above all, the tender hope of second chances and genuine healing. There was nothing neat and tidy about this novel. It was real and gritty and beautiful. We walked with Lucie and Grady…

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