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Sorting Out the Truth in Slaughter’s Latest, “Pieces of Her”

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Internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter’s latest novel, Pieces of Her, is even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before. What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all…? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we? But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely…

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Sally Koslow on Fitzgerald’s Love Affair with Sheilah Graham in Her New Book, “Another Side of Paradise”

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It is always intriguing when an author shifts genres and offers us something very different – especially when the latest project captures our attention immediately and we declare ourselves followers of the writer. Sally Koslow, having written popular novels including The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, The Widow Waltz and Little Pink Slips that take place in real time, falls into this category. With the release of her first historical fiction novel Another Side of Paradise, Koslow engages her readers, drawing us into a memorable time in America for romance and female agency. From the moment we open this new work, we are transported into the life of Sheilah Graham, a woman born into poverty in England at the turn of the 20th…

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Kristy Woodson Harvey Sprinkles a Dash More ‘Southern Charm’ in ‘Slightly South of Simple’ Sequel

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In The Secret to Southern Charm, Kristy Woodson Harvey returns to beloved Peachtree Bluff and the cast of delightful characters readers fell in love with in Slightly South of Simple. It’s no surprise that readers and critics alike have been clamoring for Harvey to revisit Peachtree Bluff to continue the story of Ansley and her daughters Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. Harvey gripped our hearts and captured our imaginations in the first installment of the series, and The Secret to Southern Charm is the perfect continuation. When Sloane discovers that her military husband is missing in action, her world is shattered. Unable to care for herself or her children, Sloane must rely on her own mother to hold what’s left of…

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Tall Poppies Review: Kimberly Brock’s ‘The River Witch’ is a Modern Day Classic with a Southern Accent

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When Roslyn Byrne’s life implodes through miscarriage and job loss, she escapes to a remote island in Georgia, hoping for peace and healing. Instead, she discovers a broken family and Damascus, an unforgettable ten-year-old girl — the real star of this debut novel — whose life can be changed by nothing short of magic. If you yearn for escape yourself — and these days, who doesn’t? — The River Witch is a book that embraces you as only warm-hearted Southern literature can. Don’t expect the quick clip of a thriller. This charming novel by Kimberly Brock unwinds with calm assurance, and takes you along for a compelling ride that calls for a tissue or two as it tugs at your heart. The…

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Dawn Tripp on ‘Georgia,’ Framing Georgia O’Keeffe’s Legacy

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most remarkable artists in American history, but few know the intimate details of the woman behind the abstract masterpieces. In Georgia, author Dawn Tripp brings readers into O’Keeffe’s life and reveals the strength, ferocity, and drive this artist possessed. Earlier this year, Bookish editor Kelly Gallucci caught up with Tripp at the Newburyport Literary Festival to talk about the process of novelizing a true story, the importance of voice, and O’Keeffe’s legacy. Bookish: In most novels, the author creates the events, the timeline, the plot points. When you’re capturing a real person’s life, however, those elements are dictated to you. Was it a challenge to work within the…

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Independent Bookstores You Need to Visit on a Summer Getaway

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In a country of big corporations and homogenized megastores, the little shop down the street has become all too rare. Everywhere I go I try to find that bookstore where I can have my own little keepsake; My own memory of the places I’ve been to. Since Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, here are five independent bookstores that you should visit on a long weekend (like this one) or on a summer getaway. Mermaid Books: Williamsburg, VA On a Saturday morning after having a much needed breakfast by the William and Mary campus, I came across Mermaid Books. Resting below a flight of stairs leading to a basement, this little store sells all kinds of vintage used books. In a…

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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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